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The Brunel Buddies scheme aims to support new students through their first weeks at Brunel.

Buddies are trained Brunel students who use their own personal experience of being a new student to answer any questions you may have, as well as sign posting you to support services at Brunel.

Transition into University life definitely has its challenges! That’s why the Brunel Buddy Scheme was established, encouraging current students to utilise their experience to support new students during the first few weeks at Brunel.

We are searching for students to make a difference by becoming a Brunel Buddy, by being a friendly contact before they arrive, helping new students settle in and signposting them to all the support services at Brunel. You will be trained and equipped with the right knowledge to support your student.

The below timeline is based on September starters and the timescale will differ for those starting in January.



  • Training takes place. You need to attend one full training day.


  • You are matched with a new student.

Fresher’s Week

  • You are encouraged to attend the Buddies Social which will take place during Fresher's Week to meet your new student(s) and for them to meet other students at Brunel.

September to November

  • Meet with your new student(s) once a week depending on their needs.
  • Full guidance and support throughout the program
  • Free coffee vouchers every time you meet up with your student(s)
  • Free Brunel Buddies hoodie
  • Your volunteering will be recognised through the Brunel Volunteers Award and on your HEAR.