Widening Participation

Buddy Scheme

What is the Buddy Scheme?

The Buddy Scheme is a friendship scheme that eases the transition into university life for incoming students who are from a Widening Participation (WP) backgrounds. They’ll be matched with an experienced student who can provide information, advice, and signpost services offered by King’s and our Union. 

How do I get involved?

We’re looking for friendly and reliable current students at King’s who want to and are keen to welcome and support a new student starting at King’s in September 2017. You’ll need to be able to commit to meeting with your buddy 3 times in person if requested by your buddy and be contactable throughout their first term. You’ll also need to be available for training and an induction into the role on Friday 8 September and to attend a welcome event on Thursday 14 September. 

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed and will reopen in September 2018.

What will I need to do?

If successful, you’ll need to make contact with your buddy within Welcome Week. You’ll need to be reliable, committed, and sympathetic of the challenges these students face. 

This will not only benefit the person you’re matched with but also our King’s community. The Buddy Scheme is an entirely voluntary programme; however, volunteers will receive training such as safeguarding and active listening, opportunities with external partners and will be able to log their hours on the volunteering record. This can also help you gain points for the KCL Leadership Award.

Buddy Scheme Stories:


  Meet Georgina

  Meet Georgina’s buddy, Harriet

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