Students joining us on the Subject Insight Residential ask us lots of questions in the build-up to the events. We’ve answered the most frequently raised queries here.
Who will be there?
There are places for 60 students on the Subject Insight Residential. During your subject specific lectures and seminars, you will be joined by a small group of students who also share an interest your chosen subject area. You will also meet members of staff and current students who are studying at BU, or ‘Student Mentors’.
These mentors will be there to support you throughout the entire residential and will share their experiences of being at university with you. Students who have been on past residentials always say that getting to know the Student Mentors is one of the best things about the experience.
What will I do at the Subject Insight Residential?
You will enjoy an immersive experience of university life by taking part in a mix of workshops, lectures, seminars and social activities. The subject areas will be delivered and supported by specialist academics and current BU students.
You have five subject areas to choose from when applying:
- Design & Engineering
- Business & Management
- Sports Science and Rehabilitation
- Creative Technology
- Life & Environmental Sciences.
Do I have to know lots about my chosen subject area to take part?
No. We understand that choosing a subject to apply for when considering university can be difficult and at times confusing! This is why our residential aims to help you experience a subject and see if it is right for you. There’s no expectation that you are already an expert, or even that you have decided on that subject area 100%, it’s all about helping you to make an informed decision.
What should I bring?
You will need adequate clothing for three days and two nights whilst on the Subject Insight Residential. These can be casual and should also include items suitable for sporting or yoga activities. The cost of all activities, meals and accommodation are covered by the scheme, but you may wish to bring a small amount of money to buy anything extra. We suggest you bring no more than £30 as spending money.
This is just a guideline and there may be other items you need to bring...
- Casual Clothes
- Underwear & Socks
- Shoes & trainers
- Any required medication (e.g. anti-histamines)
- Toiletries/ wash bag
- Pencil case/pens
- Phone charger
- No more than £30 to spend.
What we’ll provide:
- Bed linen/ duvet and pillows
- Bath Towel and Hand Towel
- Toilet Paper
- All food & drink for the week
- Kettle and toaster in your flat
- Memento of your Subject Insight Residential.
What if I have a disability, special educational need or medical condition?
The University is committed to supporting all students whatever their needs and to include everyone who might want to attend the Subject Insight Residential. This means that your accommodation will be appropriate, taught sessions will take your circumstances into account and the social programme will be accessible and enjoyable for all.
You should disclose any special educational needs, disabilities or medical conditions on the application form so that we can work with you to ensure that suitable accommodation, teaching, learning and social events are available.
How will I meet new people?
Although you might find yourself on the Subject Insight Residential with a small number of friends from college, you certainly won’t know everyone. It’s normal to feel a bit nervous before the start of the week, but remember that everyone is feeling the same way! To help you settle in, the Subject Insight Residential team will run activities which will help you to get to know the other students, student mentors and staff.
Where will I be sleeping?
You will be staying in your own en-suite bedroom in a single sex flat in our University Halls of Residence alongside other residential participants and a Student Mentor who will be on call to support you throughout your stay. You will also have a shared kitchen and lounge.
What will I get out of a Subject Insight Residential?
You will have hands-on support from academics in the chosen subject area of study, with a tour of the relevant facilities to enhance your experience. Your stay at university will help you familiarise yourself with life on a university campus, including staying in student halls and getting to know our current students. Our support staff at BU will provide wellbeing and learning support workshops designed to give you an authentic insight into life as a student.
Remember that life at university isn't just about studying - there's so much more to discover. Throughout your stay you will be able to take part in the full experience including clubs and societies, sport and mindfulness activities and our famous beach BBQ.
How do I get to the residential?
You will be notified before the Subject Insight Residential starts of the arrival and departure times and locations. Parents/carers are able to drop you off and collect you however we also welcome those who wish to travel independently. On occasions we can arrange transport to and from the campus if necessary. We will also support the cost of travel to and from the campus.