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Buddy Scheme Ambassador

We're currently recruiting for Buddy Scheme Ambassadors for the following schools: 

  • Doctoral School
  • Maths and Physical Sciences
  • Education and Social work 
  • Music, Film, and Media
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School 
  • Engineering and informatics
  • English 
  • Life Sciences

Purpose of role

The Buddy Scheme Ambassador Scheme aims to help students:

  • feel orientated and supported as soon as they arrive at Sussex

  • network and connect with each other

  • create a sense of belonging and community at Sussex

About the role

Buddy Scheme Ambassadors are members of Buddy Scheme and act as advocates for the Buddy Scheme within their school of study. During Freshers week they will be found roaming around campus to help students feel orientated by answering questions, signposting, giving directions, support and reassurance to new students. They also help students to feel part of the global Sussex community creating a sense of belonging by supporting a programme of Buddy Scheme engagement activities.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

Freshers Week (Saturday 21st September - Friday 27th September 2019)

  • To welcome students during Freshers Week by answering questions, support and reassurance to new students to ensure they get the best start at Sussex

  • To give a short induction talk on the Buddy Scheme at your School of Studies academic induction

  • Help to facilitate and attend a networking event within your School of Study

  • To introduce the Buddy Scheme to newly-arrived Freshers at our Freshers Fair Stall

  • To attend and help out at the Buddy Scheme Welcome Party or PG and PhD Networking event

  • To be an advocate for the Buddy Scheme by sharing your own experiences of the scheme

  • Communicate the Buddy Scheme benefits

Throughout the academic year 

  • Help to create a Buddy Scheme campus community

  • Empower Buddies to feed in and shape the Buddy Scheme by facilitating conversations at a Buddy Scheme termly forum

  • Help to plan, facilitate and attend a weekly networking event to help create a Buddy Scheme campus community and provide a safe space for students to meet up

  • Promote these networking events within your school of study, to help raise awareness

  • Attend Buddy Scheme events to help ensure our members have a good time

  • To feed in suggestions and ideas for improvements to the Buddy Scheme


Before term

  • Attend a training session and a team meeting (8 hours)

During Freshers Week

  • 1 full day of volunteering during the Arrival Weekend on either Saturday 21st September 2019 or Sunday 22nd September 2019 (7 hours)

  • Facilitate conversations at an Induction event within your School of Study (3 hours)

  • Create and deliver a 5 minute talk/presentation as part of your school induction to encourage new students to join the Buddy Scheme (1 hour)

Beyond Freshers Week

  • Attend and facilitate at least 2 of the weekly Undergraduate/PG Networking events on campus (4 hours)

  • Actively promote these events to students within your school of study. (flexible)

  • Attend and facilitate 1 x Buddy Scheme Forum (2 hours)

Reasonable adjustments/Access info

  • Activities and Events: Access needs have been considered. If you have access needs contact the coordinator (jane.t@sussexstudent.com)

  • Meetings and forums: these are usually held in Falmer House meeting rooms but locations can be changed if needed.

  • Time commitment: flexible around you and your needs. For any absences required contact: jane.t@sussexstudent.com

  • You can book the coordinator in person via: https://buddyscheme.youcanbook.me/

  • Assistance with filling out the application form is available. Contact via email above or use booking link above

  • Feel free to contact the coordinator if you need any further adjustments or assistance


Training and Support

  • Attend a training session

  • Access to optional training opportunities throughout the year

  • Ongoing support from Students’ Union staff

  • One to ones with their staff contact

You would suit this role if you:

  • have been a member of the Buddy Scheme as a Buddy Scheme Volunteer or Buddy

  • are empathetic and keen to support others

  • Are keen to share your experiences and knowledge will benefit those going through what you did, right now

  • Are after experience that would contribute to your CV

  • Want to improve your communication and interpersonal skills

  • Would like to improve your team working

  • Want an opportunity to meet new people and network


Transferable skills gained

  • Verbal Communication

  • Organisation/Planning

  • Facilitation skills

  • Public speaking

  • Leadership

  • Time management

  • Creativity

  • Initiative

  • Problem Solving

  • Decision making

  • Active Listening

  • Confidentiality

  • Cultural Awareness


How to apply

Complete application form 

If you have any questions please contact: jane.t@sussexstudent.com



  • Applications close, Monday 5th August at 5pm

  • Interviews on Tuesday 20th August or Wednesday 21st August (telephone/WhatsApp or Skype interviews will be available on request).

  • Training will take place on Friday 20th September

  • Role starts on Saturday 21st September or Sunday 22nd September