You and your BU experience

The focus for BU over the next few weeks is firmly on asking all of our undergraduate students about their BU experience.

NESSA-LOW-RESNational Student Survey

If you’re a final year student, your lecturers have probably already told you about the National Student Survey (NSS). This is a great opportunity for you final year student to reflect upon your full experience at BU. It only takes a few minutes to complete and we’ll give you a FREE £5 Amazon voucher to say thanks for your time.

Your feedback given through the survey is used to compile year on year comparative data and results are publicly available to prospective students, their families and advisors to help them make informed choices of where and what to study.

Complete the survey here or by visiting NeSSa the Camel as she tours around the Talbot and Lansdowne Campus.

As well as getting a £5 Amazon voucher, we’ll enter you into a prize draw. We have 5 x £200, 5 x VIP Graduation Packages and 5 x pairs of SUBU Summer Ball Tickets to be won*

*Terms and conditions apply

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If you’re in years 1 or 2 (level C & I) of an undergraduate BU course, then you should opt for the UK Engagement Survey.

With this survey you get to reflect on whether you’re making the most of your academic experience, while you still have the time and opportunity to explore options to see how you can engage in other ways.

Your feedback will help us to see what’s working, and what could be improved. As a thank you for completing the survey, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five SUBU Summer Ball tickets*.

Both surveys open on Monday 9 February and eligible students will be emailed later today – you can also find out more and access the surveys on iBU.

If you’re a postgraduate student, on a top-up course or an undergrad on placement you can still have your say by completing the Student Opinion Survey (SOS).

*Terms and conditions available upon survey completion.

UKES Prize Draw Winners Week 2!

UKES-news-500The winners for the second week of the UK Student Engagement Survey prize draw are:

  • Alice Kimberley-Cainey (BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing)
  • Molly Kinoulty (BSc (Hons) Events Management)
  • Alex Manu (LLB (Hons) Law)

There’s still plenty more chances to be in with the chance to win SUBU Summer Ball VIP entry, or a £25 cash prize – and tell us how you’re finding your course – just fill out the short survey.

The UK Student Engagement Survey – coming soon!

UKES-news-500Calling all students from Years 1 & 2 (level C & I) of an undergraduate BU course – whether you study at BU or at one of our Partners…

Take part in this new survey being piloted across the UK to see if you’re making the most of your student experience. The results will also help BU staff understand how you’re engaging with your studies – the methods you use and services you access.

It’ll take about 5 minutes to complete a series of 8 multiple-choice core questions. It’s completely anonymous, although you’ll be asked a few extra questions such as your course name and age group. At the end of the survey you’ll be given some helpful tips on other ways to engage!

Select to be entered into the prize draw and you can choose to win SUBU Summer Ball VIP entry, or a £25 cash prize for each day the survey’s live, so the sooner you do it, the more chances you have to win.

Postgraduate students or undergrads on placement or in their final year can still have their say by completing the Student Opinion Survey (SOS).

Students invested in their future

Last week, the Graduate and Placements Fair welcomed over 2,600 BU students and 90 employers to Talbot

The event, sponsored by Philips and Enterprise Rent-a-car, gave students an opportunity to network with a host of companies including L’Oreal, BSKYB, Intel, Kondor and Hilton.

Every year, a large number of students find information that helps shape their career and placement applications, this year being no different.

This was the first time the Careers Fair has spanned over 3 days, and organiser Rachel Clarke believes students have engaged well with the concept: ‘It was great to see so many students attend the Graduate and Placements Fair.  We attracted many employers who hadn’t been on campus for a few years but who were really keen to engage with and recruit our students’

Maritime Archaeology comes to Guys Marsh Prison


A maritime archaeology day, designed to make archaeology more accessible, took place at Guys Marsh Prison.

Experts from Bournemouth University visited the prison to share findings from their excavation of the Swash Channel Wreck, a 17th Century ship that lies on the bed of Poole Harbour.

Prison inmates were shown slides of artefacts found and were told about the history of the wreckage. After the presentations, inmates were invited to attend group sessions to talk about maritime archaeology and give their views on the project.

The activity day took place as a part of the MAD About the Wreck project, created by Paola Palma, Lecturer in Marine Archaeology at Bournemouth University, which invites people to join the adventure of maritime archaeology through a series of Maritime Archaeology Days (MAD). The project was also created in collaboration with Poole Museum.

Paola said, “It has always been a passion of mine to make sure that whatever my colleagues and I find underwater becomes enjoyable to all. I would like archaeology to be inclusive of all, with no limits to gender, age, skills, geographical location etc. I love to create a partnership with those who are learning and those who wish to learn or just listen to something new. The participation of prisons, care homes and groups of minorities in this is fundamental, challenging and mutually rewarding.”

One prisoner, Richard, said, “I found it very informative and I was looking forward to [the day] because I am very interested in the topic. I’d love to encourage other people to come along and enjoy what we have enjoyed today.”

Another of the prisoners, Chris, wrote a piece of Baroque–style music and played it to the audience as a tribute to the music of the time. Chris said of the day, “Today was fantastic, it was heart–warming to see people passionate about a subject talk about it.”

The prisoners taking part in the day were part of the RECOOP group at Guys Marsh. RECOOP are a charity that look after resettlement and care of older prisoners and works with prisoners for rehabilitation.

Bournemouth University is collaborating with Borough of Poole’s Museum Service for the project, using Poole’s Swash Channel Wreck as the source of inspiration.

There are a number of Maritime Archaeology Days planned and you can find more information on the MAD About the Wreck Facebook page.