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Buddy Scheme Training. Jules Pringle Volunteering Development Coordinator. Purpose of the session. By the end of the session, you will be able to: Get to know each other Understand the Buddy Scheme Understand your role Effectively support and signpost international students

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buddy scheme training

Buddy Scheme Training

Jules Pringle

Volunteering Development


purpose of the session
Purpose of the session

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Get to know each other
  • Understand the Buddy Scheme
  • Understand your role
  • Effectively support and signpost international students
  • Identify what to do if a student becomes disengaged
ice breaker
Ice Breaker

Personal Shields

  • Name
  • Why you want to be a Buddy
  • Skills you can bring to the team/role
  • Facts about yourself
  • Favourite or Personal Quote
the buddy scheme
The Buddy Scheme

Where it began

Started in September 2012/2013 with a pilot scheme in NBS and SoST and was rolled out across the University in 2013/2014.

  • 1st Year – 6 Buddies, 33 students
  • 2nd Year – 20 Buddies, 100 Students

Excellent Quality

89% of students would recommend the scheme to a friend

88% of students were satisfied with their buddy match



The firstproject committee is now in place:

Project Leader – Gregory Vaughan

Project Administrator – Tobi Adeneye

Project Treasurer – Manthan Shah

Events Coordinator – Mel Sibanda

goal 2014 2015
Goal: 2014-2015

Our goal is to:

  • Recruit 30 Buddy Mentors (almost half way there!)
  • Support 100 Students
  • Achieve 90% Satisfaction
  • Assign based on interests and hobbies (where possible).

This year there is a small pot of funding available to:

  • Cook with your students
  • Socialising the British way e.g go for a coffee in town

You can apply through the Buddy Scheme Committee

exercise 2 mentoring
Exercise 2: Mentoring

What does mentoring mean to you?


What does mentoring mean to you?


We don’t accomplish anything in this world alone . . . and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one’s life and all the weavingsof individual threads from one to another that creates something.

—Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

exercise 3 reflection
Exercise 3: Reflection

In small groups:

Reflect on your first time at University and how mentoring could have helped you.

your role
Your Role
  • Assigned approximately 3 students
  • Meet with each student weekly
    • Log your students concerns/issues – trends
    • Log any advice or support you give them and whether they took it.
  • Attend group socials with your students – organised by committee with input & suggestions from Buddies and students.
  • Be reliable for your students.
  • Establish an agreement in your first 1-2-1s with students.
    • Engagement
    • Communication
  • Attend a 1-2-1 with staff in first month
  • Monthly report
  • Tell someone if you have any issues!
  • Support the evaluation (April/May)
support available
Support Available

Jules Pringle

Volunteering Development Coordinator


Buddy Scheme Committee

exercise 4 services available
Exercise 4: Services Available

What support services on campus can you signpost students to?


Residential Life



International Student Support (ISS)


Visa Team

Financial Guidance

Academic English Support



Mental Health & Counselling

Career Service