New Defibrillators on Campus

defibrillatorThe health and wellbeing of our staff and students is a priority.

In addition to the numerous services we provide, eight fully Automated External Defibrillator’s (AEDs) have recently been located around both Talbot and Lansdowne Campus.

An AED is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm in the event of sudden cardiac arrest and, if needed, can send an electric shock to the heart to try and restore a normal rhythm.

These units are easy to use and clear instructions are provided, but to support this initiative defibrillator training is being held over the coming months.

Students are encouraged to participate in these sessions, which not only provide an invaluable life skill, but could also ultimately save someone’s life.

To book onto a session, please email the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Team indicating which session you would like to attend;

Thursday 2 October, 12.30pm – 4.30pm, CG07, Christchurch House, Talbot
Tuesday 14 October, 9am – 1pm, R207, Royal London House, Lansdowne
Friday 31 October, 12.30pm – 4.30pm, CG06, Christchurch House, Talbot
Tuesday 11 November, 9am – 1pm, R303, Royal London House, Lansdowne
Monday 24 November, 12.30pm – 4.30pm,
R303, Royal London House, Lansdowne
Tuesday 9 December, 9am – 1pm, R302, Royal London House, Lansdowne
Wednesday 10 December, 9am – 1pm,  P401, Poole House, Talbot
Thursday 18 December, 12.30pm – 4.30, R303, Royal London House, Lansdowne

The Defibrillators are located at;

Talbot Campus
Poole House [Main Reception]
SportBU [Reception]
Talbot House [External Main Entrance]
Christchurch House [Main Entrance Porch]

Lansdowne Campus
Studland House [Main Reception]
Executive Business Centre [Reception Area]
Bournemouth House [Reception Area]
Purbeck House/Melbury House [Entrance Lobby]


BU Forensics students put skills to the test at Streetwise


Forensics students from Bournemouth University have been putting their skills and knowledge to the test at Bournemouth’s Streetwise facility.

Second year students from the Forensic Investigation and Forensic Science degree courses have been working on simulated crime scenes at the facility, which features a range of realistic settings including a street, house and railway line.

The crime scenes featured three connected scenarios – a bomb-making factory in a barn; a body, fake money and identity cards found in a house linked with a terrorist organization; and a bomb detonator in a park – and a burnt body found on railway lines.

“We give them a very basic briefing and then they have to come back once they have collected evidence,” said Alex Otto, Demonstrator in Forensic Science at BU, who helped set up the simulated crime scenes.

“It’s basically taking two years of what they have learnt in practicals and lectures and pulling it all together to help them develop the skills to actually be able to go out and do it.”

Over 70 forensics students spent a day examining the crime scenes at the Streetwise facility, in Wallisdown, over the course of a week.

They will be assessed on their ability to find, analyse and catalogue the evidence found at the scenes, as well as the supporting documents they submit.

“They have to write a witness statement and they submit their forensic documents,” said Alex.

“It is all about that interaction, putting together two years of learning and testing themselves.

“It is not just about crime scene investigation, but also putting into practice their observational skills, documenting skills and team work.”

She added: “They are working with people from other courses and disciplines, so if they are not quite sure about something, they can put their heads together and try to work it out between them.

“We expect them to make mistakes but they have been absolutely brilliant. They have been using their heads and working together.”

Forensics students have been using the Streetwise facility, which is sponsored by London Victoria, for the past seven years, and the scenarios are changed each year to ensure they remain current and relevant.

Last year’s crime scenes, for example, focused around a bomb plot at the London 2012 Olympics.

Students from the Forensic Computing course in the School of Design, Engineering and Computing also benefit – collecting evidence from computers in the crime scenes and taking it back to the university to analyse.

“It gives them an idea of how it works and what a crime scene is like,” explained Alex.

“We are very lucky as a university to have this facility so close by, alongside our crime house and outside training facility where forensic students train before they come here.”

Second year Forensic Investigation student Julie Dipple was acting as crime scene manager for the scenario based in the park setting.

She said: “It’s great. It’s been brilliant and really helpful, training us and getting us into the mindset that we need to be doing this in real life.”

Alex Curwen-Reed, a second year Forensic Science student who was acting as a general crime scene investigator, agreed.

“I’m really, really enjoying it and it’s been a lot of fun,” she said.

“It’s nice to get to meet new people from different courses and learn from them. Everyone knows something a little bit different.

“But it’s also good to be somewhere different– it is completely fresh and you’ve got to really apply everything we’ve learnt.”