Join the Buddy Scheme

The Sussex Buddy Scheme helps Sussex students to connect with other students.

The Buddy Scheme is an informal peer to peer support scheme consisting of Buddy Scheme Members and Buddy Scheme Volunteers, run by the Students’ Union to help students settle into life and make the most of life at university and in Brighton.

Buddy Scheme Members are new students at the University of Sussex or those currently at Sussex who may be isolated, who have signed up to be matched with a Buddy Scheme Volunteer for help, support and to make new friends.

Buddy Scheme Volunteers are current students who have volunteered to be paired with a new student. You will be expected to make email contact with your Buddy Scheme Member as soon as you have been matched and to meet or communicate with them on a regular basis to provide peer support and help them settle into life at University.

Applications are open for the academic year 2023/24.

Matching will begin following A Level Results Day on Thursday 17th August 2023, but you can apply to get involved now!

Buddy Scheme

Sign up for a Buddy

Sign up to be a Buddy Scheme Member to be matched up with another student (Buddy Scheme Volunteer) based on your preferences who will provide you with pastoral support and contact you weekly to chat and check in and see how you're getting on.

Our Buddies are here to be a friendly face and share their tips and knowledge about university and life in Brighton.

You can meet up or chat online, whatever suits you best.

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Sign up to be a Buddy

We’re looking for students to become Buddy Scheme Volunteer, who’d be happy to contact or meet up with a small number of students once or twice a week. You’d be there to provide a friendly ear and to check on how they’re getting on.

You can use your experiences and knowledge of university life and the local area to help answer their questions. We wouldn’t expect you to act as a counsellor and have lots of services you can signpost them to should they need it.

The amount of time that you commit can be flexible, depending on your timetable and availability.

This is a social and fun position that you can add to your CV and will enhance your whole university experience!

The work that you will do in this role can really make a difference and the training is designed to support you to achieve the most out of your role.

Please click here for the full role description.

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