Do something good with SUBU Activities

The SUBU Activities Council have been busy planning their fundraising challenges and volunteering opportunities this year.

Already this term, student volunteers have started on the Slades Farm Gardening Project and been busy cleaning up Bournemouth beach – treating themselves to a much deserved beach BBQ afterwards.

The 5-minute volunteering scheme is another way students have been doing good work for charity – from decorating jam jars to making a bird feeder for the RSPB. These bite-sized sessions are perfect if you don’t have much time to spare. Pop along to the next 5-minute volunteering session in the Costa Café at Studland House, Lansdowne Campus between 12-2pm (you can stay for more than five minutes if you want to).

If you want to do something a bit more extreme to raise money for charity, then maybe the student-led Raising And Giving (RAG) activities LEGGIT and overseas expeditions will be more up your street.

LEGGIT is the first of SUBUs two charity hitchhike events where teams have to get as far away from Bournemouth as possible – without spending any money on transport. Teams have managed to get as far away as the Sahara Dessert and raised over £20,000 for charity just last year. Find out more at 6pm on Thursday 15 October in the Shelly lecture theatre or Tuesday 20 October in the Cobham lecture theatre.

This year’s overseas expeditions could take you to Vietnam on your bike, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa or trekking to Peru’s Machu Piccu, following in the footsteps of Ellie Mayo-Ward, SU VP Education: Going to Machu Picchu was the one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The fundraising is challenging but completely worth it when you get to the top of Machu Picchu and have realised that you’ve made a huge difference. I made friends for life, spooned a llama, saw a shooting star for the first time and climbed an actual mountain! It was incredible and I’d do it again without even having to think about it.”

Find out more about the RAG overseas expeditions at 6pm on Tuesday 13 October, in the Marconi lecture theatre.

BU and AUB are University Music

University-music-2015-front-pageFollowing a successful year working together and developing our musical offerings, BU and the Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) have formed a partnership to become University Music.

This partnership has attracted a variety of musicians with different skills, seeing students from BU and AUB coming together to perform in one our three choirs, Big Band, Orchestra and Brass groups.

There are groups to suit all musical tastes and abilities, and new recruits are always welcomed. Membership is free to BU and AUB students, so if you’re interested, go along to a weekly practice groups during term time in the Student Hall, Talbot House, Talbot Campus.

You can see them perform in on campus and around the local area all year – check their autumn program of events for what’s on from now until the winter break.

Music volunteers

The University Music volunteer group support events and concerts, so if you’re musical but not a musician, this might be a good option for you. All you need is lots of enthusiasm and willingness to donate your time. University Music volunteers can earn up to 30 points towards the BU Student Development Award.

Find out more – email



Become a Student Minds Facilitator… Last chance to apply!

student-mindsJoin the team at Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity! We’re looking for student volunteers to help run a brand new Positive Minds Course at Bournemouth University, providing peer-to-peer support for students experiencing mild depression.

We provide a fantastic opportunity for students who are interested in receiving training and on-going support in delivering this project. Successful applicants will join us for a two-day facilitator training workshop covering all the basics of running a safe and effective support group, from listening skills to publicity and lots more.

By creating a positive atmosphere for talking about mental health, we aim to give students the confidence to look after their own wellbeing. This is an opportunity not only to make a real difference to student life but also to develop your own skills and experience!

Applications close on Monday 30 March at Midday so don’t miss out!

For more information about the course and how to apply visit: Or contact with any questions. You can also contact Sarah Worley, Wellbeing Co-Ordinator at BU Student Emotional Wellbeing Service, for an informal chat about applying on 01202 965020 or email

Enhancing physiotherapy student experience

On Sunday 20 October 2013 a group of third year physiotherapy students volunteered to provide massage to the 5K, 10K and Kids K runners in support of Lewis-Manning Hospice in Poole. The students did a fantastic job demonstrating their skills and expertise in a challenging environment at Bournemouth Pier. Their efforts were appreciated by all and the fundraising team at Lewis-Manning Hospice following the event said:

‘Do pass our thanks on to the students who were all FAB and it would be a pleasure to work with them again.’

Thank you to Christopher Dorey, Stephan Moehrke, Hayden Brunt and Matthew Maher for giving up their time between placement commitments, on our intensive  programme at Bournemouth University.










Physiotherapy students volunteer during charity run

Third year Physiotherapy students volunteered to provide massages during a charity fun run in Bournemouth.

Christopher Dorey, Stephan Moehrke, Hayden Brunt and Matthew Maher, who are on the BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree course, gave up their time between placement commitments and studying to volunteer during the Lewis Manning Time to Care run.

They provided massage to the 5K, 10K and Kids K runners in support of Lewis-Manning Hospice in Poole.

The run took place on Sunday 20th October, and the students did a fantastic job demonstrating their skills and expertise in a challenging environment at Bournemouth Pier.

Their efforts were appreciated by all, and, following the event, the fundraising team at Lewis Manning Hospice said: “Do pass our thanks on to the students who were all FAB and it would be a pleasure to work with them again.”

Student volunteers collect 1.5 tons of food for local foodbanks


Student volunteers from Bournemouth University collected 1.5 tons of food and hundreds of pounds for local foodbanks during a day-long charity event.

The Big Feed was organised by the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) to collect much needed donations for foodbanks in the area.

Around 50 students split into teams and spent the day at seven supermarkets across Bournemouth and Poole, competing to collect the most food donations.

They managed to collect over 1.5 tons of food – including 324 cartons of UHT milk, a food staple particularly needed by foodbanks – along with more than £1,113 in cash donations.

Sandy Williams, coordinator of the community food bank in Kinson, said: “It’s amazing. They have done brilliantly and it means an awful lot.

“Our supplies were running so low that we couldn’t make up a single complete pack. We specifically asked for UHT milk as a priority so it is really exciting seeing all of the milk they’ve collected.”

Food banks in the Bournemouth and Poole area have seen a huge rise in demand this year, helping more than 2,000 people since January – a 36 per cent increase on the same period last year.

Mark Elling, events manager for the Trussell Trust charity which runs the foodbanks, said the students’ contribution would make a big difference.

“The food that’s been collected will make a massive difference to help people who are currently in crisis,” he said.

“The day has been absolutely brilliant – it has been extraordinary being out and about seeing students engaging with members of the public and customers being very generous.”

A celebratory ceremony was held in the evening, with prizes and awards for the students who took part.

The team of students who collected the most food won £100 in Waitrose vouchers, a food hamper and a night at BU nightclub The Old Fire Station.

Second year Multi-Media Journalism student Alys Penfold was part of a team who collected at the Alder Road Sainsbury’s supermarket in Poole.

“I was really surprised by how generous people were – we managed to fill four trollies and people were giving us two or three bags of food,” said Alys, 19, who lives in Winton.

“It was exciting to be part of something that was going on for the whole day and we had a laugh trying to think of creative ways to get people to donate.

“It makes you feel good because you know it is going towards something really important.”

To find out more about SUBU volunteering opportunities visit The Hub website.