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Long-term/ Passive
Max. participants
Min. duration
Cost per head
In-Person, Online
Team phase
Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning

About the intervention

Buddy programmes pairing students within and across cohorts for mutual support.

How to set it up.

Cohort buddy programme

  • Split the cohort into pairs randomly, or based on criteria (if the cohort does not have an even number of students, create one trio)

  • Choose 1 or 2 goals for the buddy programme

  • Record buddies in a Google spreadsheet - name + contact details

  • Send the spreadsheet to the cohort 

Cross-cohort buddy programme 

  • Assign each first-year student to a second-year student 

  • Record buddies in a Google spreadsheet - name + contact details 

  • Send the spreadsheet to the cohort

What to do during.

  • Organise icebreaker sessions for buddies to meet each other

  • Provide best practice information based on the chosen purpose

  • Provide activity ideas for buddy interactions 

  • Follow up with the cohort with a Google Forms feedback survey Best practice

  • Catch up with your buddy at least once a month (Add them on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat or Signal for best communication)

  • Set expectations for your relationship 

Activity ideas

  • Discussing future careers (Book club, Games Night, Pub Crawl)

  • Reflecting on your modules/ term/ year - 

  • Skillshares (Bi-weekly catch-up Feedback survey)

  • Rate your experience with your buddy so far (1-5)

  • Rate your relationship with your buddy (1-5), What did you not like? What worked well? 

  • Recommendations

How you can mix it up ...

Widening horizons: This cohort buddy programme could be expanded into a cross-cohort buddy programme (second years & first years), or even different programmes in a department or cross-department buddy programmes, even though the closer the two students are, the easier and more effective is going to be the interaction and exchange of information.

Goals: These may differ dependng on the cohort and format, could be to improve professional relationships, relationships among friends or to get academic support.

Start with an Icebreaker: We suggest using "10 Things", "3 Words to describe your future career" or "21 Questions" icebreakers to kick-off the first meeting.

Useful resources.

Go to Jackbox Games for a great collection of fun paid games to play with your buddy family online.

Buddy Program
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