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Brunel Mentor Buddies

Do you remember your first weeks at Brunel University? The transition to University life definitely has its challenges! The Brunel Mentor Buddy Scheme was established to encourage current students to be the support that they wish they had. 

About Brunel Buddies:

New students are often anxious about university and some struggle to adapt and settle in. Brunel Mentor Buddies is a mentor and support programme that aims to encourage and support new students through their first term at Brunel University. Brunel Buddies are influential students who are passionate and confident in sharing their personal and professional experience of being a new student.  As a Brunel Buddy, you will guide, mentor and encourage new Brunel students to embrace their new journey so that they can achieve their full potential.

As a Brunel Mentor Buddy you will:

  • Guide and support with situational queries such as where/how do I submit my assisgnments?
  • Navigate and mentor new students through their course and academic life.
  • Signpost students to different on-campus provisions such as Counselling, Mental Wellbeing and Careers Advice and Guidance.
  • Be a friendly familiar face.
  • Be proactive and committed to making a positive difference to a new students’ university experience

Be apart of Brunel’s supportive community and support a new student. Register to be a Brunel Mentor Buddy by clicking 

If you are a new student and would like to be matched with a Mentor Buddy, please register your interest by clicking

If you would like further information on the process and how you are matched with a student, please e-mail 

  1. For existing students, before the 30st of August 2024, you must complete the online Brunel Mentor Buddies training which is now available on BrightSpace and is titled ‘Brunel Mentor Buddies’. 
  2. Buddies will be required to attend a Face to Face training session on - Date TBC - from 09:00am to 12:30pm in the Michael Sterling Building, ground floor in the Atrium. The training session will be informative, interactive and engaging. If you are unable to attend, you must inform the volunteers team at least 48 hours before the training session by emailing and/or 
  3. The Social and Matching event is also scheduled on the same day - Date TBC from 2:00pm to 5:30pm in the Michael Sterling Building. The Social and Matching event will give you the opportunity to connect and network with fellow Brunel Mentor Buddies, meet your matches (and new students), socialize, participate in fun organized games, and, above all, it gives us the chance to welcome you to the programme in a relaxed and fun environment. Lunch and drinks will be provided.
  4. All students will be required to sign a Brunel Mentor Volunteering Agreement Form which will be given to you during the training session.
  5. Embrace your role as a mentor, be supportive and have regular meet-ups and contact with your mentee(s). Don't forget to check in regularly with the volunteers team so that we can log your hours and give you some well-deserved recognition. 

Recording your volunteering hours

  • Buddies should provide the Brunel Volunteers team with updates on the support they have provided to their new student(s) by sumbitting a Weekly Contact Form



  • Comprehensive training on being a good Mentor
  • You will recieve a free 'Brunel Buddies' hoodie.
  • This is a great opportunity to grow your network and socialise. 
  • Increase your employability skills and stand out in the job market.
  • Receive volunteering hours and you could be recognised for your commitment at the annual Brunel Volunteers Award Ceremony and you will receive HEAR accreditation.
  • Gain Brunel+ Points

 Will you be joining Brunel University? Would you like a Mentor Buddy? 

Starting university is an exciting and promising new step, but it can also be a daunting experience. If you're worried about navigating your new chapter at Brunel University, sign up for a Brunel Mentor Buddy. Your mentor Buddy will help you to settle in, guide you through course queries such as how to submit your assignment and signpost you to university services and support programs. They'll also share their experiences and offer advice to help you make the most of your time at Brunel. 

To get matched with a Mentor Buddy, complete the sign-up form after being accepted to Brunel. Once matched, your mentor (a current Brunel Student) will be available during your first term to ensure you have a positive start. 

Before term begins, you'll receive your Mentor Buddy's details and instructions on organising meetings (we'll help with the initial meeting). Your Mentor Buddy will support you for the first 6 weeks. 

Please note, while we try our best, we cannot guarantee matches due to high demand. If we cannot find a suitable match, you will be notified and placed on a waiting list. 

 If you are a new student and would like to be matched with a Mentor Buddy, please register your interest by clicking

 For existing students, would you like to support a new student?

Remember your first weeks at Brunel University? Transitioning into university life has its challenges! The Brunel Mentor Buddy Scheme was created to encourage current students to share their experiences and provide the support they wish they had when they started. As a Brunel Mentor Buddy, you'll guide and encourage new students to embrace their journey and reach their potential.

Here's what we offer:

  • A free 'Brunel Buddies' hoodie.
  • Free amazon gift voucher to recognise the Buddies who has made a positive impact. 
  • Comprehensive training on being a good Mentor.
  • Matching you with a compatible student before they start university.
  • Facilitating initial meetings to ensure a perfect match.
  • Ongoing support from our Volunteers team.
  • Volunteering hours and recognition at the annual Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony.

Here's what we expect from you:

  • Proactively engage with your matched student and commit to making a positive difference.
  • Attend all compulsory training sessions.
  • Reach out to your matched student(s), introduce yourself, and encourage questions before your first meeting.
  • Meet virtually or in person once a week.
  • Establish mutual goals and support each other.
  • Address any issues your student may face, and refer them to Brunel's support services.
  • Keep in touch with us about your progress and your student's adjustment so we can support you better.

Register to be a Brunel Mentor Buddy by clicking