Have a Student Support Buddy

If you are from a background that is traditionally underrepresented in higher education, you may feel that you would benefit from having some additional support to help you through your first academic year at Keele.

As a new undergraduate student, signing up for a Student Support Buddy will allow you to receive peer support and have a student contact to ask any questions you may have about university, before and after you start your degree programme. We particurlarly encourage students from the following backgrounds to request a buddy, but we welcome applications from all new undergraduate students.

  • Care leavers
  • Estranged students
  • Mature students
  • Student parents
  • Student carers
  • Local and commuter students
  • Students with a registered disability or learning difficulty

To find out more about having a student support please read the information below.

Your student support buddy will be a current student at Keele who has completed at least one year of study at Keele. We aim to match you with a buddy who has had a similar background and experiences to you, although don't worry if this isn't the case as your buddy will be fully trained to support a wide range of students. All buddies will also be able to pass on hints and tips based on their own experiences of studying at Keele.

Your buddy will be able to share with you their experiences and tips to help you to get the best out of your time at Keele. Students find that buddies are particularly helpful during the first few weeks of the term, to help you to settle in and find your feet.

Before you arrive, you may want to ask them any questions you may have about life at Keele. Whether it's what to bring with you, information about your course or life on campus - no question is too big or too small!

Then once you are here your buddy will be able to meet up with you, for example to support you finding your way around campus or just to catch up and chat over coffee.

Your buddy is not able to help you with your course work or assessments, however they can give tips and advice about study skills and where to go for further support if you need it.

Once you have been allocated a student support buddy you will each be provided with one another's Keele email addresses in order to begin your communication.

We will also arrange for you to meet with your buddy during the first couple of weeks of arriving at Keele.

Following this intial contact with your buddy it is completely up to you how you wish to contact each other. Some of our students swap phone numbers or add each other on social media sites in order to continue contact, however this would be your choice.

If you feel that you no longer need your student support buddy and they have answered all of your questions then we ask that you contact your buddy directly to let them know you no longer need their help. However, you are welcome to engage with the buddy programme throughout the whole academic year in order to gain the full benefit of the support and guidance offered.

A sign-up form will be made available on these webpages when the scheme opens in August 2020 - please check back for further details.