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CEMPS Buddy Up Scheme

Build connections with our Buddy Up Scheme

The Buddy Up scheme is an exciting opportunity designed to help undergraduate students in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences (CEMPS) settle into University life more quickly, forming a relationship with students from later stages across the college. The scheme aims to enable students to network and get the information they need to find their way around CEMPS and university systems by learning from other, more experienced students.

For the mentor volunteers, the scheme provides an interesting personal development opportunity for stage 2, 3 and 4 students that will enhance their communication skills, leadership skills and will count towards the Exeter Award.

Physics students - Please note that you can still apply for the CEMPS Buddy Up Scheme, however, there is a student peer support system already established.

How the scheme works

Buddy Mentors and Mentees are expected to meet on a 1-2-1 basis once a fortnight, in a flexible setting. Meeting online or in-person is decided at the students’ discretion. Mentors will receive free in-person training where possible. Mentees can opt for mentors studying the same or different disciplines.

A Buddy is

  • An informal point of contact.
  • Someone to talk to about non-academic aspects of university life
  • Someone who will share their experiences at university and give you informal hints and tips on a wide range of elements related to life at the University of Exeter.
  • Someone with experience of the support networks and systems in place in both CEMPS and the wider University
  • There to help you build confidence, encourage and advise you on social integration and give support to you on a flexible basis.

A Buddy is not

  • A counsellor.
  • A careers advisor.
  • A replacement for services, such as advice on finance or welfare.
  • A tutor or someone who will proof read assignments and coursework.
  • A means of reducing existing lecturer – student contact.

Mentee benefits

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement and support in a range of areas.
  • Learn from the experiences of other students.
  • Develop your communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Make a wide range of friends in other years and college departments.
  • Increase your social skills in new environments.
  • Become more empowered to make decisions.
  • Develop strategies for dealing with problems.
  • Identify goals and establish a sense of direction.
  • Be part of a wider Buddy Up Scheme network that allows you to share your experiences with others.
  • Give meaningful feedback about your experience.

Mentor benefits

  • Free, in-person training.
  • Be part of a mentoring community and meeting with the other mentors on a termly basis.
  • Improve communication and leadership skills.
  • Develop organisational and time management skills.
  • Increase your confidence and motivation.
  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers.
  • Enhance your CV.
  • Experience the satisfaction of helping students to have a successful start to university life.
  • Increase your circle of friends to other departments within the college
  • Count towards the Exeter Award.
  • Acknowledgement on your HEAR.
  • Contact with university staff.

Application information


Please fill out our online form to register your interest and preferences.


Please fill out our online form to register your interest and preferences.

Contact information

Please contact us if you have any further queries.

Zachary Gladish - Student Transition and Induction (T&I) Support Officer


Layal Hakim - CEMPS Transition and Induction coordinator


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James Smith - CEMPS Education Business Partner


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