The Buddy Scheme

The Buddy Scheme

Starting university can be an exciting experience but it also brings with it new challenges. Many students, especially those from backgrounds typically underrepresented at university take a bit of time to find their feet.

Being a Buddy Mentee

The Buddy Scheme exists to help these students settle in. As a Buddy Mentee on the scheme you will be paired with a King’s student in an older year with whom you share common interests, experiences and course where possible. This student (your Buddy Mentor) will be there to give you advice, answer any questions you have and signpost you to services when needed. There will also be plenty of varied virtual social events for Mentees and Mentors to get stuck into and opportunities to meet others on the scheme.

Eligibility for Buddy Mentees

To be eligible to be a Mentee on the scheme you must be a first year student and be care experienced, estranged from your family and/or have previously attended at least one of KCL’s Widening Participation scheme such as K+, Realising Opportunities and Sutton Trust. If you meet this criteria you will receive an email on the 31st of August with the subject line Buddy Scheme with the sign up link.

Being a Buddy Mentor
As a Buddy Mentor you will be paired with a first year student to offer them guidance and support. You will provide this support by regularly meeting your Mentee in a virtual or socially distanced format (depending on future distancing guidelines) and by attending social events together within the scheme.
Eligibility for Buddy Mentors

To be eligible to be a Mentor you must be a second, third or fourth year undergraduate student at King’s College London and attend the virtual training provided.

As a Buddy Mentor you will get access to...

  • In depth training covering working on a Widening Participation scheme and safeguarding.
  • Accredited and nationally recognised Student Minds ‘Look After Your Mate’ training.
  • Professional development opportunities to design and organise events for all on the scheme individually and/or in partnership with student societies.
  • Recognition of your volunteering hours on the volunteering platform and with a volunteering certificate.
  • LinkedIn endorsements for skills such as active listening, mentoring and communication.
  • A celebration event at the end of the scheme.
  • 1-1 support throughout your time as Buddy Mentor with the Widening Participation Coordinator.
  • Opportunities to promote the scheme on social media and on the KCLSU and King’s College London’s websites.

Applications for both Mentees and Mentors are now closed. To find out more about the role of being a Mentor, download the role description below.

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