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Be a Buddy

Buddy(su) volunteer recruitment for the 2022/23 academic year is now closed. If you'll be studying at UEA next year and are interested in volunteering with buddy(su), please check back for an update in April 2023. In the meantime, you can read more about volunteering with buddy(su) below.

Make a difference to new UEA students and sign up as a buddy!

  • Are you a current student at UEA?
  • Have you completed at least one year of study at UEA?
  • Do you want to support a new student to make the most of their time at university?

Then becoming a buddy volunteer might be the volunteering role for you!

Take your volunteering to the next level by becoming a student leader!

All current buddy(su) volunteers have the opportunity to lead the buddy(su) scheme and create a welcoming community for all. buddy(su) student leaders support volunteers and new students to make the most of their university experience. Student Leaders are advocates of the buddy scheme and lead on everything buddy(su) to help new students settle in and make the most of their first year at UEA. If you want to take your volunteering a step further this could be the role for you!

Applications for our 2022-23 Student Leaders are open!

We are recruiting 9 Student Leaders to ensure that buddy(su) continues to grow and develop in key areas of the project.

These roles will suit any volunteer looking to further support students and gain great CV building experience. The roles are:

  • General Student Leader
  • Student Leader (Events)
  • Student Leader (Sports)
  • Student Leader (Postgraduate)
  • Student Leader (International)
  • Student Leader (Mature)
  • Student Leader (Students of Colour)
  • Student Leader (LGBTQ+)
  • Student Leader (Societies)

Volunteer Training

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 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 via emailing Natalie or popping into the SU Office, located upstairs in Union House. You can also check our volunteer frequently asked questions and student handbook.

Being a volunteer, you may get asked questions you may not know the answer too or feel uncomfortable to answer. If you are experiencing an issue that is affecting your ability to live well or study well, welfare(su) is 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, housing, consumer & employment rights, money, and welfare issues. welfare(su) completely independent of the University allowing us to represent you without conflict of interest. Find out more information about our advice service here.