Taught Postgraduate Buddy Scheme

We know things are a little different at the moment and that it can be hard to meet new people at University. To help you with this, the Business School have launched a new 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

Registration for the 2021/22 scheme is now closed.

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!

Useful information and links

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