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Being a Student Buddy

Being a Student Buddy is a great way to give something back by supporting new students whilst developing yourself and having fun! 

We are looking to recruit current undergraduate students, who will still be studying at the University (as either an undergraduate or postgraduate) in 2021/22, for the voluntary role of Student Buddy.

 

Student Buddies help new undergraduates adjust to University life by being a friendly first point of contact for a small group of students.

 

Role Requirements

Role Requirements

In order to be a Student Buddy:

  • You need to be on track to have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by July 2021 and be confident that you will still be studying at the University of York (either as an undergraduate or postgraduate) in the 2021/22 academic year. 
  • You will need to complete the compulsory Student Buddy training. The online training module needs completing between Week 5 and Week 8 of the Summer term, You will also be required to attend a live one hour training session via Zoom on either 15th, 17th or 22nd June 2021
  • In addition to the time spent completing the training (see above) you will need to be committed to spending approximately 2 - 5 hours per week supporting the students you are matched with between 6th September - 3rd December 2021.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities

As a Student Buddy, using the knowledge and skills gained from the training, you will be asked to:

  • Signpost new students to appropriate sources of information and support.
  • Be available to meet with new students either individually or in a group. These meetings could take place either online or in person. 
  • Try your best to relate to what your students are experiencing and be willing to share your own experiences. 
  • Encourage new students to make the most of opportunities to get involved in University life and develop their own support networks
  • Be aware of some of the challenges and issues around transition to university facing students from different backgrounds. 
  • Stay in touch with a small group of students from a few weeks before the start of the academic year (week commencing 6th September) until the end of the Autumn term (3rd December) 
  • Be aware of confidentiality and safeguarding requirements.

Training and Support

Training and Support

Buddies will need to complete a compulsory online training module (expected to take approximately 2 hours) between Week 5 and Week 8 of the Summer term. This training will cover a range of issues which buddies could be faced with.  In addition to the online training new buddies will also be required to attend a one hour live training session (delivered via Zoom) on either 15th, 17th or 22nd June 2021

Each Student Buddy will have the support of an experienced Lead Buddy as well as the central Student Buddying team.  

Benefits

Benefits

As well as the satisfaction you will feel from helping new students settle into life and study at York, you will also 

  • Meet and get to know other students from across the University. 
  • Find out more about the University including support and opportunities available to all students. 
  • Have the flexibility to carry out this voluntary role around any other commitments you have.

In addition, Student Buddies develop and practice many transferable skills that enhance their employability prospects. These include skills in: 

  • Decision making
  • Verbal communication
  • Written communication
  • Problem solving
  • Time management
  • Using your initiative

Visit our Your employability skills webpage for more information about skills and how to deliver them. 

For help in presenting your skills and experiences in job or course applications visit the CVs and applications webpage.  

The skills you develop as a Student Buddy can contribute towards your York Award and York Futures Scholarship applications. 

Applying

Applying

If you would like to apply for the role of Student Buddy, please complete this application form from Monday 19th April, when the form will go live. The closing date for applications is Friday 14th May

Once we have reviewed the information in your application form we will be in touch (by Friday 21st May) to confirm if we would like you to complete the Student Buddy training and with further details relating to this. 

Prior to applying please check the compulsory training requirements. 

For further information about being a Student Buddy please email student-buddy@york.ac.uk.

Lead Student Buddy

Lead Student Buddy

Being a Lead Student Buddy is an opportunity for experienced Buddies to take on additional responsibilities whilst continuing to support new students. 

As well as helping new undergraduates adjust to university life, Lead Student Buddies will also support their fellow Student Buddies, passing on tips they've picked up through their Buddy experience to date. 

Role Requirements

In order to be able to apply for the voluntary role of Lead student Buddy you need to:

  • Have been a Student Buddy at the University of York.
  • Be studying at the University of York (either as an undergraduate or postgraduate) in the 2021/22 academic year. 
  • Be a confident communicator and happy to work closely with University staff as well as other Student Buddies and new students. 
  • Be committed to being a Lead Student Buddy.

Lead Student Buddies will need to be able to commit 5-8 hours per week to this role between 1st September - 3rd December 2021. 

Responsibilities

In addition to all the Student Buddy responsibilities, Lead Student Buddies will: 

  • Support a team of Student Buddies from 1st September - 3rd December 2021 by being their first point of contact for any questions or concerns. 
  • Liaise between their team of Student Buddies and the Student Buddying Scheme Co-ordinator and Administrator. 
  • Set up a group chat and encourage their team of buddies to use this to share good practice and voice any concerns. 
  • Remind their group of Buddies to be in regular contact with their students and suggest timely questions/ topics for the Buddies to focus on. 
  • Attend the live training sessions for new Buddies (taking place via Zoom in Week 8 and 9 of the Summer term) and be happy to talk about your experience of being a Buddy and answer any questions. 
  • Regularly check in individually with their team of Buddies to make sure each Buddy is happy with how things are going.

Training and Support

Lead Buddies don’t need to repeat the Student Buddy training. However, they will need to attend a compulsory hour long training session specifically for Lead Student Buddies on either Monday 21st or Thursday 24th June. This will take place online.

The central Student Buddying team is always available to help and support the Lead Student Buddies.

Benefits

Alongside the the benefits of being a Student Buddy, Lead Student Buddies will also develop skills in:

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • People Management

Applying

If you would like to apply for the role of Lead Student Buddy, please complete this application form from Monday 19th April, when the form will go live. The closing date for applications is Friday 14th May

Once we have reviewed the information in your application form we will be in touch (by Friday 21st May) to confirm if we would like you to attend the Lead Student Buddy training and with further details relating to this. 

Prior to applying please check the compulsory training requirements for the Lead Student Buddy role. 

For further information about being a Lead Student Buddy please email student-buddy@york.ac.uk.

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