Talbot Campus Fire Alarm Testing

fire-engineFrom Thursday 1 October the fire alarms throughout Talbot Campus will be tested once a month.

After this date all future tests will be carried out on the first Wednesday of each month between 8am and 9.30am.

You may notice the alarm sounding for a little longer than previously to give maintenance staff time to check specific areas in the building.

Fire Alarm Testing at Talbot






As a requirement of the annual fire alarm testing, the fire alarm sounders will be activated for a sustained period of approximately 15 mins from 7.30am at the locations and dates listed below:

Monday 3 August – Kimmeridge House

Thursday 6 August – Dorset House

Tuesday 11 August – Weymouth House

Thursday 13 August – Tolpuddle House

Friday 14 August – Talbot House

Works to Talbot Campus

As part of the on-going improvements to Talbot Campus, the footpath between the new academic building construction site and Weymouth House/Christchurch Annex will close for repaving from Monday 13 July for 8 weeks.

To enable the works, several car parking bays and a motorcycle bay in front of Christchurch House will be unavailable throughout the eight weeks. Alternative motorcycle parking can be found at the rear of Weymouth House.

For the duration of the works a pedestrian diversion route around the back of Weymouth House and Christchurch House Annex will be in place. Please take a look at the map to see which route you will need to take whilst the work is carried out.

Should you have any queries please contact Estates Project Manager Rob Lipcar.

Library Opening Hours & Borrowing over Summer

Event-calendarFrom Monday 29 June, The Sir Michael Cobham Library and Bournemouth House Library changes its opening hours for the Summer break – this includes being closed on Sundays and on Bank Holiday Monday (31 August).

These new hours will be in place up to and including Friday 18 September and full details are available on the website.

Summer break borrowing: Ordinary Loans and One Week Loans

From Saturday 13 June onwards, books may be borrowed for the entire Summer break and will be due for return on Wednesday 30 September 2015.
This longer loan period applies to BU students and staff only.

Festival of Enterprise: Saturday 18 July 2015

FestivalOfEnterprise - graphicBU hosts its first ever Festival of Enterprise on Saturday 18 July 2015 in the Student Centre on Talbot Campus.

The event will bring together young people, practitioners, academics and local business leaders to foster entrepreneurial spirit in the region. The programme will include:

  • A series of short ‘on the sofa’ sessions at ‘The Enterprise Café’. Experienced entrepreneurs will reflect on the founding of their businesses and how these have been shaped by the peaks and pitfalls of their successes. Key topics include Creative, Marketing, Finance and Cyber Security, among others.
  • Networking opportunities with local business development organisations.
  • Year 12 student ‘Enterprise Den’. Participants will create a digital business with a prize giving at the end of the day in Kimmeridge House.

Keith Pretty, a Lecturer in Business Development for IT at BU said: “This event is a great opportunity for people to meet entrepreneurs and SMEs, and get a feel for how they can have an impact in the industry, learning valuable lessons from those who have seen their careers flourish.

“It’s also an opportunity for the university to engage with people of all ages in business development; fostering new talent in entrepreneurship together with offering useful advice and guidance from professionals.”

Matt Hawkins, Chairman and Founder of C4L, is already a confirmed speaker at the Festival of Enterprise. Matt explained why he is involved with this event: “I appreciate the opportunity to give something back to our Digital Hub community and hopefully help nurture some of the entrepreneurial talent the South Coast has to offer. Young entrepreneurs are our future and I commend BU for giving them this platform for growth, I hope sharing my experience and scars along my business journey will increase the student’s chance of success”.

The event will be supported by colleagues from the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB).

You can find more information and book on the Festival of Enterprise website.

You said, This Happened: Improvements to U1 & U2 Bus Service

In response to passenger feedback, the following improvements are being introduced to the university bus service from this week:

The U1 Service will run an enhanced term-time service with additional bus services from both campuses.

From the Lansdowne Campus:

  • 8.47am (departing Cranborne House not Dorchester House)
  • 9.43am (departing Dorchester House)
  • 10.43am (departing Dorchester House)

From Talbot Campus:

  • 9.25am (departing Fern Barrow)
  • 10.25am (departing Fern Barrow)

The U2 Service will also operate an enhanced level of service from 3.40pm to 7pm, where the frequency of service will increase to every 30 minutes.

Reece Pope, SUBU’s VP Welfare Officer, said: “The changes made to the bus service is a perfect example of how the voice of students are listened to and acted on here at BU. The University and Morebus have been very happy to listen to your feedback so feel free to contact me if you have any further suggestions on how to improve this service.”

Updated online timetables for the enhanced U1 and U2 services are available here and you can also check timetables and live bus information in our iBU mobile app.

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. 

Roadwork Disruption

RoadworksRoadworks in the local area are taking place from Tuesday 17 March to the end of the month and are likely to have an impact on travel times to and from the Talbot Campus.

Staff and students are advised to leave additional time for journeys to and from Talbot Campus by car or university bus.

Be warned – fake parking permits

bu-logoThere have recently been some instances of students using fake parking permits to park on campus.

Please be warned that using fake parking permits is illegal, and any future occurrences will result in disciplinary action.

Official parking permits are required for parking at Talbot Campus. For information on how to obtain a BU parking permit please visit the Student Portal.

Keeping your Medical Centre appointments

The Student Medical Centre is experiencing a high volume of missed appointments – here are our top tips to make sure you’re not one of them:

Ask to be sent reminders

The team can call or text you the day before your appointment,

Phone the team

If your plans change call to reschedule your appointment on 01202 965378.

If you start to feel better or just want to cancel your appointment, phone or use the online appointment cancellation service .

Visit the Student Medical Centre

If you’re on campus, it’ll only take you a few minutes to walk to Talbot House and speak to the reception team – and with spring on the way, it’ll be a good opportunity to grab some fresh air!

Remember, each missed appointment means a delay for another patient, so take a few minutes out of your busy day to do the right thing.