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amelia trew

welfare, community & diversity
a.trew@uea.ac.uk

buddy(su) is a friend here for you

Hi everyone! Congrats on securing your place at UEA! We hope you’re excited to join us, if you’re feeling a little bit nervous about moving here to Norwich, believe me in saying you are not alone. So I would like to introduce to you...Buddy(su).

Essentially, buddy(su) is our peer-to-peer support scheme, the aim is to help new students settle into life at UEA and Norwich. The scheme does a little match-making with current students and incoming students by considering their needs, circumstances and interests - such as area of study and hobbies.

Our aim is that your assigned buddy will meet up with you at least once a week to share tips, information and just be a mate as you adjust to Norwich life. It's nice to come to UEA and know a friendly face around campus.

To sign up to the scheme and get yourself a buddy, go on to our SU website here and fill in the application. (Also, if you’re a current member and you fancy being new members’ buddies, then let us know here). You will then receive an email with all the details of the person you are matched with and we encourage you both to arrange a meeting as close to the start of term as possible before all the festivities of Welcome Fest.

Buddy(su) volunteers are all trained to help support you to settle in to life at UEA, they're a great source of knowledge about everyday life as a student. If your buddy is unable to answer you queries or you need specialist advice, they will be able to direct you to someone who can provide the answers.

The SU run specific Buddy events which show how diverse our opportunities are for students. From Buddy Bake Offs (a personal favourite), to Stay and Play, to Buddy Breakfast and more, there is something for everyone to get involved with so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for event announcements when you sign up.

If you're a postgraduate, fear not! You can also have a buddy, it can be assumed that postgraduate students should already know how everything works, when we know that's not the case. Whether you're returning as a postgraduate or joining the UEA community, having someone who knows the campus and what to expect is just as valuable for you - whether it is as buddy(su) mentor or as a buddy.

If you still want to know more, take a look at our video here to see how previous students have enjoyed having a buddy during their transition to university life and don’t forget to sign up today.

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