A buddy is a member of staff who has volunteered to offer support to a new joiner during their induction period. Your buddy will help you get to know Oxford Brookes and settle in. They will be able to answer informal questions about how things are done at Brookes, where to find information about our policies and working practices, etc. We aim to have a buddy scheme running in most areas of the University. If the scheme is active in your area, your line manager will identify a buddy for you who, depending on your role, may be someone from your own department, or if appropriate, from a different area of the University. You do not have to accept the offer of a buddy if you do not wish to, but the additional informal support a buddy can offer can be useful when settling in to a new role.