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No. All buddy positions are voluntary.
To become a mentor within the Queen Mary Buddy Scheme, you must be an undergraduate in either your second, third or fourth year. Should you wish you take part within the Scheme as a post graduate student, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for further guidance/information.
No, the buddy scheme is a pastoral role. We're looking for students who are sociable, confident and most importantly, can make everyone feel like part of the group. Academic attainment isn't taken into consideration.
In order to become a mentor on the Scheme you must have attended one of the 2 hour mentor training sessions.
Due to the pandemic these sessions are currently being delivered online via MS Teams, and there are around 30 sessions running over the course of the summer for you to choose from.
The Buddy Scheme works best when our mentors meet their mentees in person, so we ask that students who will be studying abroad for more than a semester apply the following year when they return to campus. The scheme is open to second, third and fourth year students so there's plenty of time to get involved!