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Student Library Representatives

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The Library Representative scheme has been designed to help students make the most of the library whilst providing student volunteers with the opportunity to be part of a close-knit team and make a valuable contribution to Library Services.  This initiative is in partnership with The Hive and the Students' Union.

Library Representatives, also known as Bees, are student volunteers who are central to improving Library Services, support student engagement and play a key role in library development.

Looking for help in with the library and resources? There are a number of ways in which the Bees can help you:

  • Book a chat with your Institute Bee for help using Library Services - they can meet you on any campus.
  • Arrange a short tour of The Hive with a Bee.
  • Share your ideas and feedback or let them know if you have encountered an issue.
  • Referencing guidance 



Get in touch with one of your Institute Bees to find out how they can help you - NOW RECRUITING 2017/18

Institute of Education: Institute of Health & Society:
Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts: Institute of Sport & Exercise Science:

Institute of Science & the Environment:

Worcester Business School:


All current University of Worcester students are welcome to apply.  As a Bee, you will:

  • Represent student views
  • Play an active role in library development and help to enhance student engagement
  • Acquire demonstrable skills and experience for your CV
  • Get involved with new and exciting projects such as peer mentoring
  • Earn a reference for future job applications

You can also use your hours towards the Worcester award and V-Record


There are several roles to choose from:

1. Institute Bee

As an Institute Bee, you will work closely with your Academic Liaison Librarian to represent the views of your peers and ensure the library is meeting their academic requirements.

The Institute Bee should become a recognisable point of contact for queries and issues relating to Library Services; helping to prevent and tackle issues as they arise, developing the service in response to feedback and making students aware of relevant changes and developments in service provision. This role extends beyond The Hive and will involve communicating with peers in a variety of settings including by email, social media and in person.

The foremost purpose of the Institute Bee is to discuss concerns with students, provide feedback and make requests for development and resources.  This will improve engagement with Library Services, ensuring that The Hive remains a fantastic place for our students to use.  The champions will be mentored by the Academic Liaison Librarians, with input from the Student Engagement Coordinators.

New for 2017-18, Bees will receive referencing training (in the style used for their own course) in order to assist peers with referencing and citation queries, with support from their Academic Liaison Librarian. There will be the opportunity for Bee's to run drop-in sessions and workshops in the run up to deadlines.


2. Digital Bee

‘Digital Bees’ will provide support to the Bee Scheme and engage with students through social media and the creation and distribution of supporting materials. The purpose of the Digital Bee is to improve student engagement with Library Services online by providing an intermediary, in the form of Reffie, to enable students to provide feedback. 

Volunteers will meet regularly with the student engagement co-ordinators to discuss social media content and ongoing projects and with the liaison librarians to act as a focus group for specific issues. The Bees will also be responsible for gathering feedback about e-learning and relevant aspects of the Hive; taking an active role in shaping services provided by the library.

Digital Bees also have the freedom to create new digital content, within reason, for the library blog, social media pages, Instagram and more. If you have any interesting ideas for reaching students on a digital level then please get in touch.


3. Casual/Reserve Bee

A more informal role whereby you can volunteer to assist with events and activities such as open days and Hive on Tour. All you need to do is register your interest and attend a training session so that you will be able to comfortably and confidently talk about Library Services and the Hive.


4. Illustrator & Social Media Champion

An excellent opportunity to build a portfolio of illustrations for Reffie: the Library Services mascot who has a very active presence on facebook & twitter. We would love for students to create original content and illustrations such as comic strips - you can be as creative as you like! Part of this role is using social media platforms to engage with students on all courses and develop Reffie's following.


If you are interested in becoming a Bee and would like to  know more, please contact Victoria Collins or download the role descriptions. To apply, complete the application form below or apply online.


For more opportunities to volunteer with the Hive directly, please visit the Hive website.