A buddy is a member of staff who has volunteered to offer informal, friendly support to a new starter during their first few months at the University or in a new role. Often the buddy will be the first point of contact for the new starter to ask questions or raise informal queries about their work, how things are done at Brookes, where to find information, etc. They can also help the new member of staff widen their circle of contacts. Buddies should be staff who have been at Brookes long enough to be able to provide reliable information. They should be at least the same grade as the new starter. They may be a member of the same Directorate or Faculty, or from another part of the University.