Unitemps Stock ImageAs part of the Career Development Service at the University of Leicester, Unitemps offers temporary, part-time job opportunities for students on campus to help you gain valuable work experience alongside completing your Leicester Award and Leicester Award Gold.

If you are interested in working through Unitemps, please visit the Unitemps website to register online and view our current job opportunities.

You will gain valuable transferable skills, which will support you throughout your studies and after graduation, while providing extra money throughout your time here at University.


How do I apply for roles with Unitemps?

To apply for any of our roles, you will need to register online at www.unitemps.com and submit your CV and cover letter through the online application portal. For advice and guidance on your CV and cover letter, please see the Career Development Service webpages.

How much experience do I need to apply for Unitemps roles?

The experience required varies across our roles, but most of our student-friendly roles require little to no previous experience!

How can I find out more about Unitemps?

You can visit our website, call us on 0116 229 7007, or email us at unitemps@le.ac.uk.

Opportunities to get involved in during coronavirus

At the moment, we’re focusing on ways in which you can get involved in a variety of activities during the coronavirus pandemic.  Please see details below of opportunities available to gain experience and develop new skills – some can even be done from the comfort of your own home.

Summer job opportunities


Opportunity details:

UniGrow is a small scale pilot project looking to recruit 20-50 university students or graduates to work on farms over the summer to pick fruit/vegetables.

There is no other unskilled, temporary job that pays this well (even in years when holiday work is plentiful). Fruit and veg pickers typically earn £400 to £500 a week – and the best even more. For the first fortnight or so, you’ll be given full training (at the basic minimum wage)  


  • helping students get a well-paid, productive summer job that teaches them a huge amount of life and career skills
  • helping harvest locally grown produce to feed the nation
  • re-engage students and farmers with the mutual benefit that they can bring each other
  • establish a legacy that continues into 2021 and beyond that brings value and appreciation to hard, productive work as part of a balanced start to a career.

How to apply:

Visit: https://unigrow.net/ for more information and how to apply.


Opportunity details:

Looking for a way to make a difference during the lockdown, whilst developing your communication, problem solving and time management skills? Crisis text line ‘Shout’ are looking for volunteers.

This is a volunteering opportunity that can be done from home, with a commitment of 2-4 hours per week. There is 25 hours online training, and then it is expected that volunteers will commit a total of 200 hours of volunteering.


  • access to ongoing professional development with a coach
  • ability to develop many transferable skills, particularly communication

How to apply:

More information about volunteering with Shout can be found here

For further information about other volunteering opportunities you can get involved in visit our main volunteering pages

Free online courses


Opportunity details:

Is coronavirus affecting your education or work? There are online courses to help build your professional skills and continue studying. FutureLearn is a digital education platform offering short courses, programs and online degrees. It includes courses such as ‘How to Succeed at: Interviews’, courses to help develop Basic English skills and over 1300 more available for free.


  • research and build new skills
  • update your CV with new skills and qualifications
  • broaden your interests - try something new!

How to apply:

Visit FutureLearn to browse their courses and start something new and exciting today!

Oxford Home Study Centre

Opportunity details:

Oxford Home Study Centre offers free short online learning courses in a variety of subjects. These courses will help students develop knowledge in an area of interest, which may be related to a career they wish to pursue. Studying additionally will help to develop time management and learning skills.

Courses available include Business Management, HR Management, Accountancy and Bookkeeping, Risk Management, Diet and Nutrition, Interior Design and many, many more!


  • take a course from the comfort of your own home
  • develop time management skills by making it work around you
  • update your CV with new skills and qualifications

How to apply:

Visit Oxford Home Study Centre and view available courses now!

Amnesty International Human Rights Academy

Opportunity details:

‘Training a new generation of human rights defenders – strengthening the human rights movement through action oriented education’

The Amnesty International Human Rights Academy offers loads of educational materials on human rights to choose and learn from. This includes introductory courses on the core concepts of human rights and specific courses on a topic of interest.


  • Come face-to-face with human rights activists in this course on Freedom of Expression
  • Learn what a human rights defender is

How to apply:

Click here to access their web pages for more information

Creative opportunities

Keeping a journal

Opportunity details:

Why not document these unprecedented times, and practice your writing skills This article from the guardian gives some top tips for keeping a journal. An example of an online daily journal can be found here


  • Committing to completing a journal can help to improve your communication and time management skills
  • develop your written writing skills

How to apply:

Simply grab yourself a notepad, journal, computer or table, whatever medium you prefer, and get writing!

Learn a new language with Duolingo

Opportunity details:

Website Duolingo offers free daily learning of a new language, at your own pace. Being able to speak multiple languages is a great addition to a CV to make you become more employable, and will also give you a great sense of achievement.

It can be fun learning with duolingo – you can download the app to use on android or Apple phones. Earn points for correct answers, race against the clock, and level up. A great way to learn with friends!


  • learn a new language - this will look great on your CV and demonstrate your time management and learning skills!

How to apply:

Visit the Duolingo website for more information

More information on your rights at work

What can I expect to be paid?

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age. For further information on the National Minimum and Living wage rates visit: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

How many hours a week can I work?

This will depend on the level of your study, and if you are on a restricted visa. University of Leicester Senate regulations advise that a student should work no more than 15 hours per week (across any roles worked) You can find further detailed information regarding work restrictions according to level of study at: https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/sas2/visas-and-immigration/employment/work-restrictions-according-to-level-of-study

Am I entitled to a rest break at work?

Workers have the right to one uninterrupted 20 minute rest break during their working day if they work more than 6 hours per day. For further information on rest breaks please visit: https://www.gov.uk/rest-breaks-work

Am I entitled to holidays/holiday pay?

Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday a year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave).

This includes:

  • agency workers
  • workers with irregular hours
  • workers on zero-hours contracts

An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave. For further information on holiday entitlement visit: https://www.gov.uk/holiday-entitlement-rights

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