University of Bath

Become a campus buddy

Campus buddies are volunteers who introduce new students with Asperger syndrome and autism spectrum conditions to university life. Find out how to apply.

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As a campus buddy, you'll be paired with a student who has Asperger Syndrome or an autism spectrum condition (ASC) or who suffers from social anxiety/social phobia. You'll support them with the social aspects of being a new student at the University, including:

  • showing them around campus, where specific facilities are and how to use them, like laundrettes or the Library
  • helping them get involved in social situations, like the Freshers' Fair, clubs and societies
  • showing them where the local supermarket is

You must be available for up to 5 hours during Freshers' Week, and for one hour per week for the rest of Semester 1.

Who can apply

You can volunteer if you are:

  • an undergraduate who's been at the University for at least a year
  • a postgraduate who studied here as an undergraduate

How to apply

Email disability-supportworkers@bath.ac.uk for a role description and application. Title the email "Campus Buddy".

We will hold informal interviews in March 2017.

Email us at disability-supportworkers@bath.ac.uk

Training

You must attend two training sessions in April 2017. The Disability Service and the Bristol Autism Spectrum Service (BASS) will give you full training and supervise you throughout Semester 1.

We cannot guarantee that you will be paired with a student, but we hope that you will find the training interesting and helpful to you in your future career.