Blessed Pepple, Acting President
What's the Online Buddy Scheme?
Starting at University can be daunting: a new course, a new city, even a new country! The Online Buddy Scheme matches up new students with current students who can offer peer support via messaging (WhatsApp, Facebook, or Email).
When you sign up for a Buddy you'll answer a few questions to help us find your match. You might want someone who is studying a similar course, or is from the same country. We can't always guarantee we'll meet your preferences but we'll try our best!
As a Buddy you'll have a chance to pass on knowledge and support, and generally help a new student settle into life at Coventry.
I'm a New Student
Sign up to be matched with a current student from your course, country, or just a fellow student!
The scheme is open to all students: undergraduate and postgraduate, home and international, and all years of study.
Sign ups for New Students will open week commencing 16th September
I'd like to be a Buddy
Are you a current student who would like to offer peer support to a fellow student? Apply now to pass on knowledge and advice, and generally be a friendly face your Buddy can talk to.
Being an Online Buddy is a great way to volunteer your time to help someone. It will mean a small time commitment each week to respond to or contact your Buddy.
Questions about the Scheme?
How does it work?
Fill out the appropriate form (to either request or be a Buddy). We'll take the information provided and match you up in either a WhatsApp chat, Facebook Messenger Chat, or over Email.
Then you can chat! Feel free to get to know each other, ask questions, offer support.
What if I'm not sure about my match?
We try to match based on the information provided but there's always a chance that a match won't work out. If that's the case for you please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll see what we can do to improve your experience.
I'm a postgraduate/mature/online student, can I still join?
Yes! The scheme is for all Coventry students.
My Buddy has asked or said something and I'm not sure what to say or do
If your Buddy asks something and you're not sure what the answer is it's ok to be honest, you're not expected to know all the answers.
The University has a list of protection and safety services you can contact if you need to.
If your Buddy does or says something to put you in a difficult situation please contact us at email@example.com and we will help as much as we can.
Does it cost anything to have a Buddy?
There are no charges for the scheme, if your Buddy asks you for money please contact us at @coventry.ac.uk
Who should I contact if I have further questions?
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org