SUBU’s March Update

subu-logo-2015The past few weeks have been a very busy month for SUBU, not least with the opening of the Student Centre at Talbot Campus and the Engine Room in the Old Fire Station at Lansdowne.

The team of full-time officers have implemented new activities and initiatives with success, including:

Refresher’s Fair: New societies were launched and existing clubs saw more sign-ups

RepFest: 50 student reps got involved with this training event

GOAT team: The plans for the Go Out and Talk team are established and the pilot is ready to launch

New student forums: Some new forums have been created just for students who are the first in their family to attend university

One World Day: 21 cultures from across the world presenting to over 150 students

Addressing Lad Culture: A BU-wide group has been established to support the development of  campaigns to empower students to challenge ‘lad culture’ on and off campus

HSS Placement Support: New video planned to provide support for students on professional course placements

Read Chloe’s full report.

Student Centre Now Open

student-centreThe new £10.5 million Student Centre has opened at Talbot Campus.

The six-storey building contains a range of social and collaborative learning space – including beach hut techno-booths – and bookable meeting rooms, as well as catering facilities and access points for student services.

It is also the new home of the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) – containing the SUBU offices, student advice centre and activities hub, and new radio studios and space for Nerve* student media.

Jim Andrews, BU Chief Operating Officer, said: “We’ve spent the best part of the last 18 months developing this building and engaging with students around what needs to go in here. It’s just really exciting now for everybody to be able to come through the doors and have a look around.

“It offers students a number of things – there are more café points, more meeting points, and greater access to our amazing students’ union – who are much more visible here than they were in the small offices that they’ve had in the past.”

The building is primarily designed as a hub for students to meet informally for study-related activities, for clubs and societies, and for social purposes.

It also features a glazed walkway providing direct access to the library, and windows which look out onto the sportBU sports hall.

SUBU President Chloe Schendel-Wilson said: “It’s really nice and it’s so exciting.

“It’s a really good way for BU to show students that there’s somewhere they can just hang out and treat like their own.

“It has also made SUBU more visible and accessible, so it is much easier to approach us and easier when you’re walking around to see what’s going on and get involved.”

The Student Centre is the first entirely new building on Talbot Campus for ten years, and is the most carbon efficient building on campus, with a number of green credentials to enable it to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Jim Andrews said: “We’ve done lots of work over the last few years internally within different buildings, but this is the first new build for ten years.

“I think for me what it does is it sets a new standard for how we want the space to look and feel across Bournemouth University.”

Work is currently underway to create a new academic building on Talbot Campus, due to open in September 2016, and the Bournemouth University International College in Lansdowne – a partnership with Kaplan International to provide an integrated experience for international students undertaking preparatory programmes.

The Student Centre is open from 8am until 10pm daily, including all weekends other than the university’s Christmas closure. 

Student Centre Opens Today

Student CentreWe’re delighted to announce that the doors to your new Student Centre opens today.

SUBU will be hosting tours between 10am and 2pm, so head along to the Student Centre today to celebrate and explore your new building.

The Student Centre is a great new space for you to study, socialise and get involved with your Students’ Union. Facilities include:

  • High quality space for collaborative working
  • SUBU offices
  • A student advice centre
  • Two cafes
  • Radio and media studios
  • Bookable meeting rooms
  • Access points for student services.

You can also follow the Student Centre launch throughout the day via our Storify page and let us know what you think by emailing

The opening of the new Student Centre marks an important milestone in BU’s on-going investment in world class facilities, improving student experience and reducing our impact on the environment.

BU’s New Student Centre

We’re really pleased to announce that yesterday we got the keys to your new Student Centre.

The building will be a great new space for you to study, socialise and get involved with your Students’ Union.

There’s still some work to be done before we open the doors, including the internal fit-out and moving of SUBU offices. You can follow the preparations and progress.

We’ll officially open the doors on Monday 23 March 2015 and then you’ll be able to go inside, have a look around and start using the facilities, which include:

  • High quality space for collaborative working
  • SUBU offices
  • A student advice centre
  • Two cafes
  • Radio and media studios
  • Bookable meeting rooms
  • Access points for student services.

Take a look at the new Student Centre website to see images of the completed building, up-to-date FAQs, a floor plan, details of how to book rooms and much more.

If you would like to send us your feedback or if you have any additional queries please email

The opening of the new Student Centre marks an important milestone in BU’s on-going investment in world class facilities, improving student experience and reducing our impact on the environment.

BU Faculties: What do I need to know?

BU’s move from ‘Academic Schools’ to ‘Faculties’ got underway at the end of last year, and we hope that the change has had very little impact on your day-to-day experience.

In addition to the existing Faculty of Science & Technology, the three new Faculties are:

  • Faculty of Media & Communication, incorporating the current Media School and Law.
  • Faculty of Management, incorporating the current Business School and School of Tourism.
  • Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, incorporating the School of Health and Social Care.

The move towards a Faculty structure will provide you with greater opportunities for collaborative study across the whole University, and as previous students have done, you will continue to graduate from your course and BU (as opposed to one of BU’s academic areas).

The move has also allowed us to establish a sound foundation for future investment in our existing areas of academic strength, and more scope to develop new subject areas. The names of the Faculties were chosen to reflect our subject areas, strengths and contributions to society – they also reflect that BU is maturing as an institution and brings us in line with other, well established, universities around the world.

To help develop the Faculties we are recruiting an additional 30 academic staff, and there may be some changes to roles within the management structure. The impact on your lecturers and tutors should be minimal.

You’ll also see our website and signage change over the coming months to reflect our new Faculties structure.

If you have any questions you can read the FAQs, contact SUBU President, Chloe Schendel-Wilson at or talk to your Student Rep.

SUBU Full Time Officer Nominations now open!

subu-elections-2015Are you interested in becoming a Full Time Officer at your Students’ Union, working hard to ensure that all students are represented the best they can be?

Nominations for SUBU’s 2015/16 Full Time Officer team are now open, and you can nominate yourself to become the next SUBU President, VP Activities, VP Education or VP Welfare.

Nominations are now open and will close at 5pm on 27 February 2015.

Find out more about the role that you can apply for, as well as the answers to any questions or queries which you may have, on the SUBU website.

If you have any other questions feel free to email the SUBU Democracy and Campaigns Coordinator at

SUBU’s January Update – they’ve been busy!

subu-logo-2015SUBU have secured a new feature in the Bournemouth Echo online, where they’ll be sharing the great work of BU students in the local community on a weekly basis. It’s anticipated this will also become a regular feature in the Daily Echo in the near future too. A fantastic achievement for SUBU, BU and our students – needless to say that makes us feel very #BUProud!

The team of Sabbatical Officers and Councils have also been working on:

  • Improving timetabling to help students take part in clubs & societies – 10 of which have just been graded with 5 stars
  • Planning Student Rep events and a second Speak Week in March
  • Putting the finishing touches to plans for the GOAT (Go Out And Talk) team
  • Supporting students with free refreshments as part of their ‘Keep Calm and Keep Revising’ activity
  • Working with sportBU to highlight LGBTQ+ inclusivity within sports teams
  • Organising for CHAIN (Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network) to visit students from HSS
  • Getting ready to open up The Old Firestation during the day from 9 February.

Read the full report to find out more.

Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Award Winners – Faculty of Management

Congratulations to Dr Louise PregetRoger Fox on winning SUBU “You’re Brillant” Awards at the Vice-Chancellor Staff Awards 2014 for their outstanding contribution to the student experience.

As you know, SUBU operates the “You’re Brilliant” Award scheme, whereby students can nominate staff who have demonstrated excellence in respect of enhancing the student experience.  Do you think a member of staff fits that description?  If so, why not nominate them?

Dr Louise Preget received the Silver Award for her outstanding teaching, her role as BABS Level I Programme Coordinator and, in particular, her work supporting international direct entrant students.

Roger Fox received the Gold Award, following in the footsteps of Ken Brown, for his teaching of accounting and finance to UG students.  Students commended Roger on his passion, enthusiasm and empathy, and for the way he personalises his teaching, drawing on many years of industry experience.

Find further information on the 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Awards.

Enhance your student experience: SUBU’s latest update

subu_logo_smallNerve Radio recently brought home an impressive four awards from the National Student Radio Awards, sponsored by BBC Radio.

Find out from Chloe Schendel-Wilson what else has been happening in the world of SUBU, including:

  • Sharing responses to your feedback
  • Training SUBU’s new part-time officers
  • Raising And Giving (RAG) expeditions
  • This year’s LEGGIT success
  • New academic clubs and societies
  • What happened most to students in 2013-14

Read the SUBU President’s full report to find out more.

Speak Week

speak-weekThis is your chance to find out how to give feedback on academic and wider issues at BU. You can also use this week to share your thoughts, opinions and ideas to make a real difference to your student experience – and that of others.

Organised by SUBUs Education Council, there will activities every day of the week supported by: stalls in the Atrium and BoHo Lounge, Students Reps you can chat to in the Purple Lounge and Studland House café, and events you can be part of. Speak Week events include:

All week: You’re Brilliant awards

Your chance to tell a BU member of staff that you think they’re brilliant, and why

 Wednesday 19 November: VC Talk Out

Post questions on SUBU’s social media to BU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Vinney, throughout the week and see what he has to say at the end of the week! He’ll be in the Atrium at Poole House, Talbot Campus, joined by Tim McIntyre-Bhatty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor

 Thursday 20 November: Student Shout

Join Reps and your peers to share your thoughts and hear those of others.

Go along, take part, and make a difference.