Role Description for Buddies
What is the Buddy Scheme?
The scheme matches up newly arrived first-year students with established students to help
the new arrivals settle into their studies and get to grips with living in London and studying
at City University London, by supporting and signposting. The idea is that you can share the
information that you have gathered during your time here and help these new students to
settle in more quickly.
You will be trained and then given contact details for between one and four new students
who would like to be involved in the Buddy Scheme. Together you will meet as a group at
least six times over the first two semesters in order that you qualify for the Certificate of
What is the process?
Fill in an application form
If successful, you will then be asked to attend a ½ day training session
You will arrange to send an email, to new students suggesting that you meet up, and
to welcome them to City
Arrange to meet at least four times during this period (We advise every two weeks)
and be available for contact in between.
Attend the Student Impact Awards together to celebrate
You must be a student of Cass Business School or City Law School
Follow Application Process
Attendance at training event
Committing to meet up with your group at least six times over the first
semester, including socials
Reporting any problems / issues to Buddying Scheme Coordinator
Areas to cover
The guidance handout you receive at training will give you tips on what areas to
cover in your group meetings.
Benefits to you:
Enhance your CV
Increase your employability
Certificate of Participation in Buddy Scheme
Transferable skills to take to the workplace
Sense of achievement
Registered address Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB
Opportunity to help fellow students
Further your knowledge of the University and its support networks
Dos and Don’ts
Arrange to meet up as soon as they have arrived
Ask about their experience so far of living in London and studying at City
Ask if they have any problems
Let the students know how much contact is reasonable, you can’t be there 24 / 7 and
it’s not your job to fix their problems – if unsure contact Buddy Co-ordinators
Direct Students to services within the University if you aren’t sure of how best to help
Share any of the work you have done in the past. The university takes academic
misconduct very seriously.
Attempt to counsel the Students – if necessary, refer them to the Student
Counselling Service or Student Services.
Guarantee outcomes like “This will happen.” or “You’ll be fine”
Be overbearing, they make decisions for themselves, you are just the guide
Impose your own ideas, values or solutions
Encourage dependency or over commit yourself time-wise
Assume that your experience will be similar to your buddy
Overstep the boundaries of your role by giving guidance or advice
o always contact your buddying group and the co-ordinator via your university email
o always meet in public spaces
o never give out personal details such as your address or landline phone number
o always inform the coordinator about any problems and/or changes in contact details
o all discussions are confidential between the buddying partners and the coordinator,
unless there is a risk to well being, life and/or others, or other establishments are at
o if you feel that your new student buddy needs support which falls outside your role of
“Buddy”, encourage them to seek appropriate help.
Support for Buddies
If you need further help or guidance, or wish to discuss any aspect of the scheme,
please contact the Buddy Scheme coordinators – email@example.com
Ben Butler in Student Development and Outreach – 020 7040 8992
Emelie Helsen in Students’ Union – 020 7040 5600