The Buddy Scheme is a peer to peer support scheme coordinated by the Students’ Union that helps new students settle in to life at University and Brighton.
Starting at University can be daunting whether it’s leaving the family home, moving to a busy city like Brighton, or moving country altogether! Getting used to a new way of life is exciting but can leave some students feeling a bit isolated. The Buddy Scheme exists to help and support new students.
There is a series of events to provide a space for Buddy Scheme members to do something fun and different with each other and allow them to meet others on the scheme. The events are subsidised by the Buddy Scheme to make them cheaper and affordable.
The scheme is based around matching current students (Buddy Volunteers) with new students because they have lots of tips and useful information about university and Brighton which is really valuable to new students. Current students have been through it already and can identify with new students’ experiences, acting as the “go to” person for any questions they may have.
Students are matched depending on the preferences set in their application form. Please apply below. If you have a Sussex email address, we kindly ask that you use this when applying to the Buddy Scheme. We will communicate with you by email so please don’t forget to check your inbox!
The Buddy Scheme is open to every student at Sussex and you can apply at any point during the academic year up until March.
Please note you are signing up for the academic year 2018/2019.
Are you new to Sussex?
Would you like to be put in contact with a current student at Sussex?
Buddy Scheme Volunteers are here to be a friendly face and to help new students settle in to life at Sussex. They will share their tips and knowledge about university and the local area from how to get cheaper travel to where’s the best cafe in town. You can meet up or chat online, whatever suits you best.
The Buddy Scheme is open to anyone - whether you are an international student, a student who is the first in their family to go to university, a postgraduate student, mature student or undergraduate student. You don’t have to be a first year to have a Buddy either, anyone who feels like they could do with some support are welcome to join the scheme.
Matching will happen as soon as possible after applications are received but during busy periods such as Freshers Week, there may be a delay.
Buddy Scheme staff are here to help with any questions you may have regarding the scheme. If you are unhappy with your buddy, you can request to be re-matched with someone else by contacting the team.
“When I first started at Sussex it was an incredibly overwhelming experiences as I didn’t know what to expect. I joined the Buddy Scheme because it was good to have a buddy there to ease me into all aspects of university life” - new studentApply Now
Are you a current student at Sussex University? Are you familiar with the university and the local area? Share your knowledge with a student who is new to Sussex. You will really make a difference. Sign up below.
Buddy Scheme Volunteers provide peer support for their assigned new students and help them settle into life at Sussex using their experience and knowledge of University life and the local area. They give practical information, answer initial questions and direct them to other relevant student services.
Buddy Scheme Volunteers are expected to commit to at least one hour a week to each buddy. This can be through messaging online or meeting up in person. Volunteers MUST contact their buddy and make themselves available to them. If there are any issues or the time commitment becomes too much, you must let the Buddy Scheme staff know and new matches can be made.
There will be ongoing support for Buddy Scheme Volunteers from the Buddy Scheme staff who are there to help if needed and to ensure that they are fulfilling their role and are supported.
Volunteers will be required to complete online training that will not take long and is designed to ensure that they are confident in their role as a Buddy Scheme Volunteer.
As a Buddy Scheme Volunteer, you will be eligible for the Students’ Union’s recognition scheme, which offers extra skills training for your personal development, fun socials every term and you may be nominated for a Student Award.
“I enjoyed being able to support my buddy to become more confident and happier with Uni life. The Buddy Scheme helps new students as well as current students feel useful and able to share their experience” - Buddy Scheme Volunteer.Apply Now