Be a buddy
buddy(su) volunteer recruitment for the 2023/24 academic year is now open. Make a difference to new UEA students and sign up today!
As a buddy(su) volunteer, you will become a vital component in the transition period for new students. You’ll also gain employability and transferable skills.
View the full buddy volunteer role description by clicking the relevant button below.
Volunteering with buddy(su) can be one of the most rewarding opportunities on campus. We all remember our first day arriving to UEA - the joy, excitement, nerves and trepidations. For those who will just be arriving to UEA, those nerves and trepidations are all too real. Our student handbook will help you as a volunteer to help your buddy make the most of their time at UEA.
Training is compulsory for all students wanting to volunteer as a buddy. Please view and note the training video below and read the student handbook. You will then need to complete the below quiz to show understanding of the role and training. We also have a range of additional resources to support you in your role.
Watched the training video?
That's great - you're well on your way to becoming a buddy! Click the button below to do our buddy(su) Training Quiz and let's test your knowledge.
This quiz is mandatory for the application process, but don't worry if you don't get it the first time. You can always revisit the training materials above and try again!
Need advice throughout the year?
The buddy(su) team are always here to answer your query relating to the volunteering role or more generally. Get in touch by emailing us You can also check our volunteer frequently asked questions and volunteer handbook.
Being a buddy(su) volunteer, you may get asked questions you don’t know the answer to or feel uncomfortable to answer. If this is the case, please get in touch with the team and we will offer guidance on how best to proceed.
If you are experiencing an issue that is affecting your ability to live well or study well, you can seek support from advice(su), an impartial team of trained and experienced advisors. The team provide free and confidential advice and representation on a range of issues relating to student life. This includes; university procedures, complaints, housing, and welfare issues. advice(su) are completely independent of the University and can represent you without conflict of interest. Find out more information about our advice service here.