2021/22 Students' Union Volunteering Team: Student Buddy

About us

Students' Union Volunteering Team:

Student Buddy

Ongoing opportunity


Click Here to join the team!


What is the role?

Who are they?

What can I gain?


When can I volunteer?

Any requirements?


Role Description

Our Students’ Union Volunteering Team are key to making sure students feel settled into their life at university, make friends and find out about the opportunities and support available to them.


  • We’re looking for students from all backgrounds to represent your Union.
  • University and Students’ Union activities are slightly different this year and all our events and activities are currently being held online.
  • These new challenges mean that having our friendly, welcoming Volunteer Team has never been more important. As part of the team, you will have the chance to make a genuine, positive impact on the lives of other students.


As a Student Buddy, you will support students through the delivery of our Ask a Student service. This service is delivered through the Students’ Union website and enables students to access information and peer support to help them during their time at university: https://www.uwsunion.org.uk/whatson/studentbuddies/


Responsibilities include:


  • Being a friendly, welcoming face for students
  • Responding to student enquiries and requests for support
  • Helping students understand what support services are available and how they can access them
  • Helping students get involved in activities which enable them to socialise and improve their university experience (eg. societies and volunteering roles)
  • We may ask from time to time if you would like to be involved in other opportunities that arise to share your experiences as a UWS Student
  • Having fun!


You will be invited to attend an online induction where we will make sure you are confident and happy with what you will be doing in your role. The induction session will also provide you with all of the signposting information that is relevant to the role.


About this organisation

The UWS Student Union is the Representative body for all UWS Students.

We are here to support students during their time at UWS. We exist to change student’s lives by:


  • Campaigning with and for you
  • Working to improve learning and teaching
  • Offering advice and support
  • Organising events and activities
  • Enable societies for all students


What could you gain?

The benefits of being part of the team are:

  • The chance to meet new people and make new friends
  • Having fun
  • Getting involved with your Students’ Union
  • The opportunity to support your fellow students


Skills and experience you could gain include:

  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Experience in the planning and delivery of support services
  • IT skills
  • Confidence


Extra benefits include:

  • An invitation to our Volunteers Celebration Event
  • Access to Students’ Union Training Workshops
  • Eligible for Students’ Union Awards and UWS  Volunteer Recognition Award



 All Students’ Union activities are currently being held online


When can I volunteer?


Day Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday X X X
Tuesday X X X
Wednesday X X X
Thursday X X X
Friday X X X


Skills/Experience Required

There are no specific skills or experienced required but you should be:


  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Approachable
  • Understanding of students’ needs and challenges
  • Enthusiastic when speaking to students about our activities and opportunities
  • Eager to work as part of a team


Requirements for starting the role

  • To be part of the team you need to be a current UWS student
  • To prepare you for your role, you will be provided a volunteer induction
  • Inductions will be delivered online, as a Zoom meeting


Click Here to join the team!

The Students' Union
Storie Street, Paisley, PA1 2HB
0141 849 4151

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