If you are a new student at Bucks in September you should have received a message from a bucksbuddy. If not, and you would like contact with a Buddy throughout the new term, please email email@example.com. The buddies are on hand to answer questions and help with any difficulties you may have. Read on for for further information...
WHAT IS A BUDDY?
PURPOSE OF BUDDYING
Buddying is a unique scheme, whereby current Bucks New University students contact prospective and new students by text; providing support and guidance. The service is free and run by Bucks New Uni in partnership with Bucks Students' Union, who are aiming to make the exiciting transition into the new setting of Higher Education as easy as possible. We approach this by preparing, supporting, reassuring and welcoming students to Bucks from the moment they apply, helping them integrate during the first few weeks and then on until the beginning of the January term.
The scheme is initiated, supported and monitored by Bucks New University and Bucks Students' Union. Please be assured that any confidential personal information you have disclosed to the Disability Service is not passed to the buddies.
WHO GETS A BUDDY?
|If you have applied to study at Bucks, and have submitted your mobile phone number on your application form, you will be allocated a text Buddy.
If you would prefer not to receive any further texts, simply text back 'opt out' and you will not be contacted again.
THE ROLE OF A BUDDY
Our Buddies, specially selected and trained, make contact with applicants to Bucks prior to them becoming a Bucks student (from February), and are there to answer any queries; whether it be academic orientated, about Student life, accommodation and the local area, or information on what's happening around campus.
Buddies provide peer to peer support to reassure concerns, clarify any information or answer a question that may be difficult to ask a member of staff.
The program is designed to provide information and support to new students preceding their arrival and during the first term at Bucks, to help them adapt and integrate to the new environment and adjust to the culture of University life. It is thought that International and EU students find this service especially valuable and informative.
NOT GOT A BUDDY?
If you have not received a text from a Buddy but would like one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - it's never too late!
HOW DO YOU BECOME A BUDDY?
Recruitment for future years Buddying commences at the end of the Autumn term. You will need to submit an application form and attend an interview. If we think you have the skills and qualities to make a good Buddy, you will be invited to join Bucks Buddying. Contact the project co-ordinator on email@example.com for more information.
We are currently NOT recruiting for Buddies.
Email for information on any aspect of the Buddying Scheme, including how to become one!