All across the university, academic representatives are driving innovation and making your experience at Southampton the best it can be. One such innovation is the Social Sciences buddy scheme, which has been piloted this year.

 

During the first six weeks of term, Social Sciences organised a Buddy Scheme to help students with the transition into university life. The buddy scheme acts as a compliment to additional support structures, like personal academic tutors. Each buddy to was responsible for a group of 15 to 20 first year students. Buddies met with the first years bi-weekly to answer any questions that they might have about their time at Southampton. All sorts of questions were covered: note-taking, modules, exams, and student housing.

 

Buddy schemes are an innovative way of welcoming new students to Southampton. Last Wednesday, buddies and Social Science staff met at an informal dinner to share their experience from the pilot, and look forward to next year’s intake. The buddy scheme has been overwhelmingly positive, and may current buddies are set to take up the role again next year.

 

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