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Stay happy with our Student Wellbeing service

Our new Student Wellbeing team are there to offer support, information and advice for all BU students around a range of issues.

They can help you if you’re looking for support for any of the following, as well as help you access more specialist services if needed:

  • Anxiety, panic, depression, low mood and other mental health conditions
  • Stress
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Lifestyle issues including difficulties sleeping or eating
  • Relationship and family issues
  • Bereavement
  • Isolation, social anxiety and confidence
  • Advice if you are concerned about a friend.


Sarah Worley, Student Wellbeing Coordinator at BU, says “our team of Wellbeing Advisors can offer students advice and practical help with wellbeing, such as techniques to handle stress, anxiety and emotional difficulties. If you and the advisor feel that counselling could be a benefit to you, they can refer you to one of our Counsellors for support and a confidential place to talk”.

If talking therapies aren’t your thing, the team run weekly drop-in sessions in term time if you have a quick question, want to find out more about a particular support option or are worried about a friend. Workshops and group sessions run each term to help you live life to the full and get the most out of your time at BU. Or you can access information and links to other services and resources online and from their offices in Talbot House.

Drop-in sessions for this term:


The Student Wellbeing service is run by BU in partnership with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust. Anyone can come along to the drop-in or sign up to a workshop without registering with the service, but if you do wish to register, we take your privacy seriously and you will need to sign our confidentiality agreement.

Find out more:

  • Call: 01202 965020
  • Email: studentwellbeing@bournemouth.ac.uk
  • Visit: Student Wellbeing reception above the medical centre in Talbot House, Talbot Campus, Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 1pm – 4pm (term time only).

BU recognised for commitment to tackling gender inequality

We’re delighted to share that the Athena SWAN bronze award was awarded to BU this week.

Athena SWAN is a national scheme focused on supporting, advancing and celebrating positive employment practices for women in higher education and research. At the heart of the scheme is to promote women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) – although this opened up to other careers such as arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law in April 2015.

Professor Tiantian Zhang who led the submission for BU said:  “I am absolutely delighted and would like to thank everyone who has contributed along the journey since we joined the Athena SWAN Charter in 2012. The bronze award recognises BU’s achievement so far and, more importantly, our commitment to deliver planned actions to progress this important issue as a university.”

BU has been recognised for our commitment to enhancing women’s representation at senior academic levels, supporting a family friendly working environment and improving women representation in our Research Excellence Framework submission.

This is great news for students, who can be proud to study in an institution committed to gender equality and reap the benefits of learning alongside academics from a range of backgrounds.

The award is valid for three years, during which time BU will be making faculty and departmental award submissions and delivering an institutional action plan aiming for an institutional silver award submission.

For more information about Athena SWAN and its commitment can be found on the Equality Challenge Unit website.

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SportBU Instructional Courses this Autumn

SportBU’s intructional courses for this term start this week, between the 3 and 15 October, giving you the chance to get active your way.

There are some new classes for you to choose from, as well as your favourites. It doesn’t matter what your level of fitness, experience or ability is – our qualified instructors will coach you to set your own pace.

Courses run from 4 – 9 weeks and cost between £10 – £80 depending on the course you choose.

4 week courses:

  • Surfing (start 7 October)

6 week courses:

  • Tennis (start 3 October)
  • Cycling (start 7 October)
  • Skiing (start 7 October)
  • Snowboarding (start 7 October)

9 week courses:

  • Pole Fitness (start 12, 13 and 15 October)
  • Street Dance (start 12 October)
  • Jiu Jitsu (start 14 October)
  • Thai Boxing (start 15 Octobeer)
  • Kung Fu (start 15 October)

Find dates, venues and prices on the SportBU website.

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Time capsule – your ideas needed!

To celebrate your fantastic new Student Centre, an official opening ceremony is being held in May. To commemorate the occasion, a time capsule will be placed within the stairwell on the ground floor – and will remain locked until 2065.

When students and staff open the capsule in 50 years’ time, we want them to know what life was like for students in 2015, and we want your ideas on what should be included.

The top three ideas will be placed in the capsule and the winners invited to the ceremony.

To send in your ideas, by Monday 11 May, Tweet @Bournemouthuni, comment on our Facebook page, or post an image on our Instagram page using #BUtimecapsule.

Nepal Earthquake

As we see situations like the one in Nepal it is important to remember those affected from within our own community, as well as those in Nepal.

As an international community, with students, staff members and alumni from Nepal, we understand that a number of people may have family, friends or colleagues in Nepal at the moment and our thoughts are with anyone who has been affected by the earthquake.

If you feel you need any support, please visit our Counselling or Chaplaincy webpages for contact details.


Do you need a BU Summer Let?

If your course runs for longer than your current accommodation contract agreement, or you have other academic obligations which mean you have to stay in Bournemouth longer than expected, you have the option to apply to rent a room in one of our summer lets in Cranborne House.

You can book a stay of four, six or eight weeks at a cost of £120 per week. Four weeks is the minimum contract and rooms will be available from 5 July 2015, and if you apply before 1 May 2015 you will be given priority over other bookings.

You can apply for a BU Summer Let online and will need to pay a £100 deposit to secure your booking, as well as pay your rent in full by the last working day before your Summer Let reservation begins.

For further information and advice about Summer Lets, contact our Residential Services team.

And if you’re still looking for accommodation for September 2015, please contact our BU Letting Service.

You can also find lots of helping housing information on the SUBU Advice pages.

#BUProud: PhD students take on the Isle of Wight Challenge this weekend

Sarah Noone and Laura Reynolds, PhD students in the BU Dementia Institute, are embarking on a 54km (33.6 miles) trek along the Isle of Wight coastal path this May Bank Holiday weekend, 2-3 May, as part of the Isle of Wight Challenge.

Sarah and Laura have been training for the Isle of Wight Challenge to help raise awareness of dementia, and undertake some fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society.

BU leaps 11 places in The Complete University Guide

BU has moved up 11 places in The Complete University Guide league table, to a high of 54th nationally.

The league table, published each year, looks at measures such as staff-to-student ratios, investment in facilities and graduate prospects to come up with the final league positions.

BU’s rise to 54th in the league tables, up from 65th the year before, reflects the university’s ambition to become a top 50 university by 2018.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney said, “I am absolutely delighted that Bournemouth University has rocketed 11 places in this year’s Complete University Guide rankings to 54th in the UK.

“It is an excellent reflection of the hard work and commitment of the whole of the BU community and of our continued investment in academic and professional talent. Over the past year we have also been busy transforming our two campuses to ensure that we have world-class facilities as we pursue our ambition of becoming a top 50 university.”

As well as climbing the national table, BU has also become the 4th best university in the South West based on final league table position, behind Exeter (11th), Bath (12th) and Bristol (15th) respectively.

BU was among 11 universities to climb by ten places or more in the Complete University Guide table.

Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, said, “UK students seem to be getting a better deal for their higher tuition fees in almost every area. It remains to be seen how far this trend can continue but in the short team at least, students are benefitting from spending on facilities that affect them directly.

“There is significant evidence that universities’ efforts to develop employability skills have had a knock-on effect on graduate prospects.”

Full details are available at www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk

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Bournemouth University named seventh greenest university in the UK

Bournemouth University has been ranked first ‘class’ in the University League 2015, formerly the Green League, for its environmental and ethical performance.

BU was placed seventh out of 151 universities in the table, compiled by People & Planet, and achieved a ‘first class’ rating for the fifth year.

The University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities, ranked by environmental and ethical performance.

Criteria include carbon reduction, student and staff engagement, sustainable food, workers’ rights, ethical investment and education for sustainability. 

Jim Andrews, Chief Operating Officer, said “At BU we have always taken our responsibilities around sustainability very seriously and it’s a core element of everything we do.

“We are delighted that this has once again been recognised by People and Planet, where we have now maintained our first class award for five years.

“This is a real testament to our staff, students and partners who have shown a commitment to this, making BU one of the top universities in the UK for sustainability.”

Recent BU green initiatives have included a bike loan scheme and enhancements to the Bus for BU service.

Overall carbon emissions at the university have also decreased by over 16 per cent since 2005.

Gareth Williams, Programme Manager for the Carbon Management Plan at BU, said “We are very pleased that our work on sustainability has been recognised. 

“The university has worked hard at embedding sustainability and we still have a lot more to do.  We look forward to progressing this work and building on our success in future years.”

See the full league table

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