Taught Postgraduate Buddy Scheme

It can be hard to meet new people at University and to help you with this, we want to let you know about the Business School Postgraduate Buddy Scheme.

The scheme is available to all Business School Taught Postgraduate students. It aims to match students together, either in pairs or small groups to help you:

  • connect with each other
  • build networks
  • create a sense of community
  • form friendships

Comments from students who registered for the buddy scheme in 2021/22:

It’s a good way to meet new friends

It is a good way to expand your initial network

It is a great way to meet other students, interact and develop friendships

Registration for the 2022/23 scheme is now OPEN and closes on Monday 24th October so register today!

Please complete this short online registration form to register for the scheme.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Samantha Gent at S.L.Gent@leeds.ac.uk

What the Buddy Scheme is not

  • A language exchange scheme. The buddy scheme may offer some students opportunities to practice English, or another language, but that is not its main purpose. It is not possible for us to match everyone who is interested in practising a given language with a first-language speaker of that language. We really hope you will still engage with the buddy scheme and explore what it might be able to offer you such as friendships, connections, and the chance to meet others with similar interests. Students interested in practising a language are encouraged to visit the Language zone
  • The buddy scheme is not a study support scheme. Buddies should not be looking to their buddies for help with assignments, writing essays, interpreting feedback, or understanding course content. If you need help in these areas then we would recommend that you to speak to your Academic Personal Tutor in the first instance and make use of academics’ office hours and/or see what Skills@Library  has to offer.
  • Pastoral / counselling / wellbeing / mental health support. If you need this type of support please visit our Student Support pages on the Taught Student Guide

How am I matched with my buddy?

When signing up via the online form, you will be asked a few questions about yourself, your interests, and what you want to get out of the buddy scheme.

Using the information submitted through the registration form you will be matched with other students into groups of 2-4.

Once you have been matched, you will receive the name and University email address of your student buddy, or buddies. Then it is over to you!

How does the PGT Buddy scheme fit with other University schemes?

There are a number of different buddy schemes that you can join at the University of Leeds. These schemes will connect you with other students, and can be a great way to meet new people and make friends or other useful connections (like study buddies).

The University Buddy Scheme

The University Buddy Scheme is open to all students across the University. This scheme will match you one-to-one with another student who has similar interests to you. Students are matched with students who are at the same level of study, but who will be from a different School.

Buddy Groups

This scheme gives you the option to join a small group of buddies hosted by a level 2+ student who will be able to help you find out more about life at Leeds. Your group will help you enhance the experiences you are looking for at Leeds.

The LUBS PGT Buddy scheme

This scheme is exclusively open to PGT students studying in LUBS. You will be matched up with 1-3 other students, based on your interests and also based on what you hope to get out of the scheme.

Useful information and links

For more information on what the scheme is and how it works, please download the Student Buddy Scheme Handbook.
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Please read full terms and conditions before completing your application.
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