Storing your work
Each student has a personal file space called the H drive (student home drive). You must save your work to the H drive or to your BU provided personal OneDrive, when you are using university machines. We strongly recommend that work is backed up to another storage device such as a personal laptop, memory stick or your OneDrive. Please note storage on your H drive is limited to 10GB.
Access to H: drive and P: drive off campus
In order to connect to your personal H: drive off campus, you will need to map it to your computer. See the below guides for assistance:
To access your files and folders saved on the P: drive (Student Public Drive), please login using your student username and password.
OneDrive is a cloud-based storage facility operated by Microsoft. It will allow you to securely store data and files without the need to carry a physical storage device around with you - you can access your files from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.
As a Bournemouth University student, you receive one terabyte (1TB) of free storage with Office 365 on OneDrive.
You can set OneDrive to sync up with your laptop/desktop. This means your work will automatically be backed up to OneDrive if autosave is enabled. Please note storage on your H: drive is 10GB. We would highly recommend using OneDrive as an alternative or as a backup.
For more information, view this guide on OneDrive Storage.
Printing your work
Your BU student ID card, which you will be given at your enrolment session, acts as your library card and also stores print credits - you just need to swipe your card to retrieve your printing at any of the printers provided by BU. You can top up your print credit online - the Cash Loader machines are out of use until further notice, due to Covid-secure measures in place on campus. Costs for printing per page are: Mono (A3/A4) 3p, Colour (A3/A4) 18p.
At BU we have a service called ‘Follow Me Printing’. This means you are able to print from anywhere on campus to any printer. Follow the below links for simple how to guides for the university printers:
Printing from your personal device
Send documents, emails, or images directly from a personal mobile, tablet or laptop to any printer at BU without the need to log into a BU computer. Simply email your printing to firstname.lastname@example.org - your BU email address is automatically linked to your printing account and print credit balance, however, if you want to send something to print from a personal email account, you must register your email when you’re on the BU network (on campus and connected to the WiFi). When you first email email@example.com, you will get an automatic reply with simple instructions on how to do this.
When you log into any printer at BU (using your BU credentials or your ID card) your documents will be displayed on-screen ready for printing. Please note, they may take up to 15 minutes to appear in your print queue and will only remain in the queue for 24 hours, after which time they will disappear if not printed.
Please ensure you collect your printing promptly, and do not leave any printed material unsecured or laying on the printer as this could be lost, taken or recycled.
Your online timetable and the Calendar Centre
Once registered on your course, having completed online registration, you can access your academic timetable, including room numbers and names of lecturers, via online timetabling. You can also access online timetabling via the following channels:
Your online timetable will also display any lecture postponements or reschedules and will also highlight when a teaching event is online or on campus.
If you have provided a mobile number in your myHub profile, you will automatically be signed up for text alerts if there are any emergency calendar postponements (less than 24 hours’ notice). If you’d like to opt out of receiving these messages, you can click the ‘SMS opt out’ box in your online timetable settings. Watch a short video on using online timetable, and how to do opt out of messages.
Your online timetable can also show the timetable and availability of faculty specialist rooms, such as computer labs and meeting rooms.
The Calendar Centre
The Calendar Centre allows you to access different calendar feeds (including your online timetable, room bookings and Brightspace events) alongside your own personal calendar on your phone, tablet or PC - helping you to manage your work-life balance.
Once your timetable is available you will need to set this up by logging into the Calendar Centre site, reading and accepting the terms and conditions, and choosing which feeds you want to access.
For help with using Calendar Centre, take a look at the FAQ’s, which include step-by-step user guides.
Mahara – BU’s ePortfolio tool
Mahara is a tool used to build and display your ePortfolio:
- An ePortfolio is a collection of your reflections and experiences held together in one place online.
- Its purpose is to demonstrate your learning, skills, development and to record your achievements over time.
You can choose to share your ePortfolio with different audiences. For example, you could create:
- a page for your tutor, for assessment which includes reflection
- a page to showcase your best pieces of work and your CV for potential employers etc
- a single page or a collection of pages can make up your portfolio.
Click on the “Help” link on the bottom of the Mahara web page to learn more about how to use the Mahara tool.