Bike Doctor Service on campus

cycle-compound-smallIf you’re interested in having your bike serviced free of charge, visit the new Bike Doctor service on the below dates.

Just take your bike and student ID with you. The labour is free, but any replacement parts will need to be paid for by individuals.

This service will be coming to the Lansdowne and Talbot campuses once a month – details of the dates are as follows:

Lansdowne Campus – The first Tuesday of every month:

  • August 4 2015 – Cranborne House Cycle compound

Talbot Campus – The third Thursday of every month at Dorset House Cycle Cage:

  • August 20 2015

Easter Vacation Bus Services

bu-bus-2The Bus for BU vacation service will run from Monday 30 March.

The U1 service will be running a vacation timetable between the Lansdowne and Talbot Campuses, with buses running every 30 minutes. Please be aware that the services from the Talbot Campus to the Lansdowne Campus will be diverting at Cemetery Junction for Dorchester House, before heading to the Lansdowne Campus.

The U3 service will be running a skeleton vacation service.

The U2, and U4 services will not be running during the vacation period. The BU key card can be used on the M1, M2 and 15 services. The 13 and 14 more bus services are also available through the BU key card.

Route and time table information for the Bus for BU vacation service can be found on the Bus for BU website.

To help plan your journey, check the Yellow Buses website, or the Traveline South West web site.

Improvements to the University Bus Service

In response to student feedback the following improvements are being introduced to the Bus at BU From Monday April 20. Find out more >>

Improvements to the University Bus Service

From Monday April 20 the following improvements are being introduced to the University bus service in response to student feedback:

U1 Service:

An enhanced term time service comprising of the following additional services:

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)

U2 Service:

The U2 service will operate an enhanced level of service from 3:40pm to 7:00pm, where the frequency of service will increase to every 30 minutes.

Updated online timetables for the enhanced U1 and U2 services will be available on the Bus at BU from March 30 or you can download the U1-U2-timetable-changes PDF.

Easter Vacation services

The Bus for BU vacation service will run from Monday 30 March. Find out more >>

BU Travel Survey Prize winner week 2!!!


Thank you to all students that have completed the BU travel survey 2015 so far.

Well done to Connor Ferry, a first year Digital Media Design student who has won a Kindle fire HDX tablet for taking part in the survey. Connor was very excited to hear that he had won, “Being in student halls, university buses are a great way to get to and from campus as they run so often”. Connor will no doubt make the most of his new prize by using the free Wi-Fi available on all University branded buses.

Don’t worry if you have not yet filled out the survey, there is still time. The survey is open until Friday March 27 and there is still a brand new bike worth £500 to be won during the final week!!!

If you have already completed the survey you will be entered into the final prize draw.

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.

BU Travel Survey Prize winner!!!

travel-plan-images-greenA big thank you to all students who have completed the BU travel survey 2015 so far.

Well done to Beth Unwin, a first year Mental Health Nursing student who has won a BU Bus key card for 2015/16 worth £240. Beth was obviously delighted to hear that she had won, “I really didn’t expect to win when I filled out the survey. The bus is a really handy way for me to travel between my placements and will save me a lot of money!”.

Don’t worry if you have not yet filled out the survey, there is still time. There are still some fantastic prizes to be won:

  • A bike worth £500
  • A Kindle HD Fire tablet

If you have already completed the survey you will be entered into these prize draws.

There will be a try a bike session outside Poole House on Wednesday 18 March, 11am – 3pm. Fill in the survey during the event and receive a free coffee.

BU Student Travel Survey 2015

travel-plan-images-greenBy taking part in the BU Travel Survey and giving your feedback on the variety of transport services, you may be able to influence future improvements.

It only takes five minutes and you’ll be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, such as a bike, a 2015/16 BU Bus Key Card (worth £240) and a Kindle HD Fire tablet.

The survey runs until 27 March and all you need to do is click on the link and tell us what you think.

SUBU Vice President Welfare, Reece Pope encourages all students to take part; “Your responses are really important to tell us how you travel to and from BU. Your feedback on the buses has already led to an improved service to and from the campuses.

This is your opportunity to give your views on travel provisions to the university and to give feedback on what transport improvements you would like to see”.

Roadworks impact bus schedules

BU Bus 3Roadworks in our area are continuing to impact on travel times for all road users. The holdups are having a knock-on effect on BU’s bus service, resulting in some buses not running to schedule. There have been a few incidences when the buses are full earlier on during the route and cannot pick up any more passengers.

BU’s travel have been working closely with our bus company – More Bus – to minimise the impact. In the meantime, bus users may wish to consider taking earlier buses to avoid being late for appointments.

Events Management student discusses choosing BU in The Guardian

BU BA (Hons) Events Management student Leroy-Winston Scott has appeared in The Guardian, discussing his reasons for picking and sticking with BU.

Leroy, aged 27, was featured in the Education section of the newspaper, and highlighted Bournemouth University as his top choice for travel opportunities.

His excursions with the student union’s Raising And Giving (RAG) charity hitchhike Leggit, and a possible opportunity to travel to South Africa as part of his final semester were among his top reasons to attend BU.

When asked the best way to secure these opportunities at BU, Leroy advised students to take advantage of the many extracurricular activities available to them.

“Lecturers want to know what you’ve done outside of your 16 or so hours contact time in first year – so pick activities that will make the lecturer look at your CV and think, ‘They’ll really make the most of an overseas experience’.”

Speaking after the article was published Leroy said: “Bournemouth the town and Bournemouth the uni matches my character and allows me to express myself and grow.

“I hope by being featured in The Guardian, it has allowed me to spread a message that says to somebody somewhere that they can grab a part of Bournemouth and BU and enjoy it. And for the ones already doing it? Keep going – you got this.”

Read The Guardian article

By Anushka Naidoo, Final year BA (Hons) Communications and Media student at BU

Hire a bike for a year for £25 with new BU scheme


Students and staff at BU will be able to hire a bike for an academic year for just £25 through a new scheme.

People who sign up to the BU by Bike scheme will also receive lights and a lock for the bike, cycle helmet and bike maintenance vouchers and access to free skills training and workshops.

The BU by Bike Scheme is just one of a number of new initiatives funded by Bournemouth Borough Council’s Getting About programme to encourage more people to travel by bike.

These include new bike storage facilities on campus, with an extra 152 bike spaces at Talbot Campus planned to be in place for early 2014.

Richard Wintrip, travel plan coordinator at BU, said: “It has all been designed to break down the barriers to cycling.

“If people want to cycle but aren’t sure if they want to spend all that money on a bike, this is an affordable way for them  to do that.”

The BU by Bike scheme will support up to 225 loan bikes, and there will also be an additional 10 loan bikes available for weekend use.

Working in partnership with Sport BU and SUBU, Bournemouth Borough Council is also providing support for four students to be trained in cycle maintenance to assist with the project.

Murray Simpson, SUBU President, said: “It’s fantastic to see Bournemouth University continuously encouraging greener ways to travel to University.

“The BU Bike scheme will not only allow students a cheaper and healthier alternative for travelling to University, but it will also help reduce the number of cars and traffic in the local area.”

Ian Kalra, Bournemouth Borough Council’s Transportation Services Manager, added: “The new and improved facilities will make cycling to and from the universities easier and safer for students studying in Bournemouth.”

Find out more and sign up to the BU by Bike scheme

The scheme was launched as part of a series of events taking place at BU for Green Week, which include a Fairtrade Cook Off, Bike Tagging and a Give and Take Day.