Bucks Buddies are a group of current students that volunteer to provide discreet, peer-to-peer support via email to Buckinghamshire New University applicants, and those that become students.
If you are a new student at Buckinghamshire New University you should have had an email from a Bucks Buddy. If you haven’t, and would like support from a Buddy throughout the new term, please email email@example.com. Buddies are on hand to answer questions and help with any difficulties you may have. If they cannot help they will refer you to someone who can.
Buddying is a friendly, supportive project, where current BNU students contact prospective and new students by email, providing help, advice and guidance. The service is free and run by Bucks Students' Union, in partnership with Buckinghamshire New University, who aim to make the exciting transition into the new setting of higher education as easy as possible. We approach this by preparing, supporting, reassuring and welcoming students to BNU from the moment they apply, helping them integrate during the first few weeks and then until the beginning of the January term.
The scheme is initiated, supported and monitored by Bucks Students' Union and Buckinghamshire New University. Please be assured that any confidential personal information you have disclosed to the Disability Service is not passed to the Buddies.
If you have applied to study at BNU, and have submitted your email address on your application form, you will be allocated a Buddy.
If you would prefer not to receive any further emails, simply email back 'opt out' and you will not be contacted again.
Our buddies, who are specially selected and armed with all the information they need, make contact with applicants to Buckinghamshire New University prior to them becoming a BNU student 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 either 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 BNU, 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.
If you have not received an email from a Buddy but would like one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - it's never too late!
Recruitment for future Buddies commences at the end of the autumn term. You will need to submit an application form and have an interview. You can see the full job description here. If we think you have the skills and qualities to make a good Buddy, you will be invited to be a Bucks Buddy. Contact the project coordinator, by emailing: email@example.com, for more information.