Welcome to the BU community!
We hope this summary will help you make the most of your first few weeks at BU. You can also find more information to support your start in our arriving students section of the website.
If you have any questions about the latest Covid-19 guidance and precautions, please visit our Coronavirus FAQ page for the latest information. Our AskBU team is also to hand to answer any queries or questions you may have at this time.
Complete online registration and enrolment
If you haven’t already completed your online registration and enrolment for your course, please do this now. It only takes about 20 minutes to complete and will allow you to access your student profile on myHub as well as engage with your learning on Brightspace, our virtual learning environment. You will be asked to pay for, or tell us how you intend to pay for, your tuition fees and check things like our BU Student Agreement.
This week your course induction, organised by your faculty and course teams, will begin. Your induction provides you the opportunity to get to know others on your course and introduce you to our BU services. Information about your course induction will be shown on your timetable and covered by your course teams.
Detail of your first session at BU has been shared with you in your registration invitation email. You will be issued with your timetable this week along with a step-by-step guide to help you set up your timetable in our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Brightspace. Once you've set up your timetable, it can be viewed in the iBU app.
Accessing online learning
With only essential activity continuing on our campuses during the UK national lockdown, many of you will be accessing your learning online this semester. Our quick links to BU services page should point you to all the essential resources you will need whilst at BU.
If you have a problem, our IT information pages should give you all the information you need to get started. Whether you are looking for information about your work and timetable, how to access key systems or guidance for remote study, these IT information pages should be your first point of call.
Things to do
Together with SUBU, BU's student union, we have lined up a variety of virtual events to give you the best possible start – whether you are in Bournemouth, at home, or self-isolating there will be something for you to get involved in. You can browse the full event guide on the SUBU website.
If you're living in BU managed accommodation, keep an eye out for the activities run by your ResLifeBU team. ResLifeBU offer a programme of events and activities to support you whilst living at your home away from home. To stay updated with what is happening and when, make sure to follow @BUResLife on Facebook as well as @reslifeBU on instagram.
Join our Arrivals January 2021 Facebook group to stay up to date with BU news and information and meet other new students like you.
On campus Covid-19 testing
National guidelines currently state that you should not travel to BU unless necessary. At BU, only areas of campus that support you with essential study are open and some Health and Social Science students are continuing to have face-to-face teaching at this time. If you intend to travel to campus or the Bournemouth area, familiarise yourself with our policies and procedures on campus and book your lateral flow device Covid-19 tests to minimise the risk of infecting your friends, housemates, other students and staff.
Testing is taking place between 4 January and 8 February in our sports hall on Talbot Campus and it is recommended that you book two tests within a three to five-day period. You can find out more about the testing taking place on campus and book your tests on our website.
Please note: If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or are isolating on the day of your test, please do not come to campus to get tested.