Pair Up with the Buddy Scheme

VP Societies and Sport, Hannah Hockin, introduces the Buddy Scheme - an initiative that helps students try out taster sessions, Give It A Go and/or Active lifestyle and Sport activities during the first two weeks of term by matching you up with other students! Find out how you can take part.

The Students' Union puts on loads of fun, informal and inclusive events during Freshers' Festival, and throughout the year.

However, I know that it can sometimes be too daunting to try out a new activity on your own. That's why I've created the Buddy Scheme - to help you get over those first-week nerves, meet new people and try out lots of new activities.

What is The Buddy Scheme?

The Buddy Scheme is a participation scheme that aims to match students that are interested in attending the same taster session, Give It A Go, and/or Active Lifestyle and Sport activity during the first two weeks of term. In the instance that there is no match, you can be assigned to a committee member of the taster you’re interested in attending if possible.

From personal experience, I know how nerve-wracking it is to go to a taster session by yourself not knowing anyone. I’m hoping that this scheme will decrease the social anxiety around joining student groups and will open up the chance to build new friendships.

All you have to do is fill in the Buddy Scheme form. We’ll then match you up with another student who is interested in the same activity. The scheme is open to any student!

Freshers' Fair 

To see the full range of student groups we have on offer at Royal Holloway, head to the Freshers' Fair on Tuesday 20 September (10:00-17:00) where you can chat with members from each student group and sign yourself up for their taster sessions. After you've signed up, fill out the Buddy Scheme form to be paired with another student attending!

The Buddy Scheme Form

With a wide range of clubs, societies, and media groups, as well as local charities and external organisations here for you to chat with, there really is something for everyone. As an added bonus, you're guaranteed to leave with a bunch of freebies too, including pizza from our Freshers' Festival sponsor Domino's!

Show me the Fair!

I'd really recommend checking the Freshers' Fair out - there might be something you want to try out that you've never even heard of before!