INSIDE THIS EDITION
GRILLING YOUR SU PRESIDENT
ISSUE 01 | SEMESTER ONE | 2019
Our reporter sat down with your SU President for the next academic year to ask the all important questions.
THE STUDENTS WHO RUN YOUR
OLD FIRE STATION SUMMER BALL
PLACES Explore our list of recommended student-friendly places to eat, drink and party in Bournemouth.
POWER The Purple (Student Reps) Army has been going strong for years, we take a look at what the team have been up to.
& SOCS This issue we showcase the cream of BU's clubs and societies. Who do you fancy joining this year?
THE STUDENTS' UNION NEWSPAPER especially for returNERs
EDITOR’S NOTE SUBU as you’ve never seen it before A lecturer of mine once told me that the only constant in life was change. That is certainly true with the entire team at SUBU, who have spent the better part of 3 months working tirelessly to encourage returning second to fourth years to get involved with the union. You may have seen evidence of that for yourself last year, when SUBU placed a renewed focus in their social media content. Now it’s the turn of SUBU Review to give it a go. With this, our very first issue, we’re unveiling a new look from the usual publications you’re used to seeing being dotted around the university. Our designer James Harris has worked hard to develop and implement a design that’s elegant, eye catching but definitively different to what you’ve been used to seeing. The SUBU Review is a kind of newspaper and magazine hybrid, on a mission to highlight the inspiring things that students have been up to. It also focuses on the many opportunities that are on offer across your SU, which you may have overlooked last year. One of the most obvious changes, as you may have already noted, is that the paper will put
faces to the names and places that you might possibly have never heard of. Take The Old Fire Station student duty manager team for example. Ever wondered how we keep the venue running week after week? Well read page 20 to hear from one of the many students that help to do it and you can learn the sweet science in keeping a place like the Old Fire Station running. With every story written, with every issue, we’re committed to satisfying every curiosity with SUBU. I myself, am also acting as editor-in-chief of Nerve magazine, where you can expect an exciting re-brand. It will be a new size, a new design and with a renewed focus on our online content and the magazine will showcase the best story telling our university has to offer. So, expect to pick up a copy at Freshers' Fair on Sat 28th Sept, but, in the meantime, I leave you with this - The SUBU Review.
Connor Stringer EDITOR
Want to have a go at Nerve? Nerve Media is the students' union media team run by volunteers. You can catch up on the latest student news, reviews and features, read the magazine, or tune in to Nerve Radio. You can find Nerve on the 4th floor of The Student Centre.
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EDITOR OF NERVE NOW
NERVE RADIO STATION MANAGER
erve Now has some big plans in the pipeline this year. Weâ€™re already getting some huge interviews of bands lined up which writers are always encouraged to be a part of. Also, areas such as fashion and lifestyle are going to come alive this year as some of our editors already have experience in these fields. Finally, we want to put a huge focus on new writers getting involved so that, when it comes to leaving university, they already have some experience and a portfolio to go out into the world with.
t is a genuine honour, for me, to be taking over the role of Station Manager at Nerve Radio for the forthcoming year and with it comes exciting things to look out for! I hope to continue the fantastic work that was done over the last year, bringing back some familiar voices and introducing some incredible new talents and sounds across the station. We have an excellent team supporting the radio station this year all passionate about creating fun and original content to entertain in the way that only Nerve Radio can. Nerve is all about getting involved and being a part of something, whether that be as a listener or a part of the team, so stay tuned for a great year.
Students' Union at Bournemouth University, The Student Centre, Talbot Campus, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB. firstname.lastname@example.org www.subu.org.uk Editor: Connor Stringer (@connor_stringer) Designer: James Harris Contributors: Gemma Thorne, Maya Derrick, Conor Faherty, Courtney Hill, Chloe Randall, Maddi Zoe, Tara Proudfoot, Jack Tanner. To become a SUBU Review contributor you need to have written for two or more editions of Nerve Magazine. Printed on 100% recycled wood-free pulp paper by Mortons Print, Media Centre, Morton Way, Horncastle, Lincolnshire LN9 6JR.
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he Students' Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) is the hub of the community on Talbot Campus. Many students pass through the building every day to partake in meeting friends, having lunch or even just to find a quiet 3 place to finish that assignment. So, what exactly can you find at SUBU and where is it located? G - GROUND FLOOR
As soon as you enter the SUBU building through the (notorious for trapping you as we don't want to let you go!) revolving door, you are greeted by a relaxing atmosphere and a door to Sport BU and their top spec gyms on your right. The ground floor is also home to Ground-up CafĂŠ which has the cheapest Starbucks coffee on campus, as well as a wide variety of hot and fresh food which is homemade every morning before opening. Often, the ground floor is home to a number of temporary exhibitions, events and promotions which occur throughout every month.
1 - FIRST FLOOR On the first floor, you can find the SUBU reception crew who are always happy to help you. Here you also have the Full-time Union Officers, Student Reps, Student Voice and Policy, Democracy and Campaigns and SUBU Admin. This is where you come if you want to understand what SUBU does for the university, what SUBU stands for and how you can get
involved in elections and represent students. Your President and the other Full-time Union Officers have their office and meeting rooms on the first floor plus there's more..Democracy and Campaigns, which incorporates Liberation Campaigns, is fundamental to making sure that the students who are part of the Union are given a voice in the University, their local community, and nationally. Student Voice and Policy run the Student Reps and provide SUBU and Bournemouth University with evidence-based research from BU student feedback and the higher education sector overall. They inform both our Full Time Officersâ€™ work and policy development, and all our work aims to benefit the student experience.
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On the second floor you can find SUBU’s clubs and societies. Here you can inquire about membership, joining up and even how to start your own club. They can also tell you exactly what activities the clubs and socs are doing around the university and when they are taking place. The second floor is also a great location to learn about SUBU’s Community Action which comprises of Volunteering and Sustainability. The SUBU Community Team provides students with information, skills and opportunities to get involved in the local community and sustainable initiatives.
On the fourth floor, you have Nerve Media. This is a student media outlet, including a magazine, TV, online news and a radio station. Nerve Radio runs seven days a week during term time. It consists of the freshest music and shows put on by the students themselves.
Finally, there is the Advice department if you need help regarding anything to do with the pressures of university life. Come up and speak to the team and they will help you with academic, housing, money and most other student problems.
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Nerve Magazine is also an entirely student-run publication that focusses on bringing you the best in-depth news and features throughout some of the country’s biggest industries, including Entertainment, Fashion and Careers. Nerve also has its own website that is updated daily called Nerve Now, alongside a TV crew who you may see filming on campus. Any student can join in and it will look fantastic on your CV to say that you got involved.
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5 - FIFTH FLOOR
The third floor consists of techno booths and this is where students mainly come to study and have some quiet time to themselves. You can also take the Lady Cobham Bridge over to the library from the 3rd floor.
One fantastic view! The fifth floor is one of the highest elevations on campus, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the whole of the University and far beyond. Bring your coffee and take a seat in one of the comfy booths facing the windows and see what local landmarks you can spot, and enjoy watching the University's population of over 17,000 students and staff make their way to and from campus every day.
The SU makes sure that each floor has study space, however floor 3 is dedicated to the Students who want to work and put in the hours, whether that be in the library itself or in the techno booths. To save students the walk down 6 flights of stairs to the Ground Floor to reach the café, the third floor also has the Cheesy Does It café which does delicious toasties amongst other things.
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WHERE WAS YOUR STUDENTS' UNION BEFORE THE STUDENT CENTRE? The Student Centre opened in March 2015, but before that believe it or not, SUBU had been located in a tiny office cupboard above Dylan’s! The brand new airy six floor building came as a great relief to both students and staff being such a great space to socialise whilst studying. It is set to be a buzzing student focal point for years to come. Also, do keep an eye out for the various exhibitions, promos and demonstrations happening on the ground floor throughout the year as they often have some very handy freebies!
7 BONE BURGER CO At the top spot is a place where you will find Bournemouth’s dirtiest, sexiest beef burger. Not only is the food top notch, the restaurant itself comes with a fun buzz as you sit in urban, rustic chairs surrounded by chilled out waiters and illuminating wall signs. If you’re a worrier about portion size, you shall have no fear. Their famous red basket will be piled high with seasoned fries, to which you can add pretty much anything, leaving just enough room for the main event. Your time at Bournemouth cannot be completed until you try. P.S the milkshakes are not to be forgotten.
9 Gervis Pl, Bournemouth BH1 2AN
Recommended dish: Prince Charles is overrated and dirty fries
THE DANCING MOOSE
23-27 Bourne Ave, Bournemouth BH2 6DT
Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Dancing Moose has got it covered. Located just next to the upper gardens this restaurant bar is famed for its chilled vibes and quirky décor in which you can sit and indulge. It’s important to note happy hour is between 4 and 8 every day but even more vital to know is that chicken wings are half price every Monday, and nachos every Tuesday. Recommended dish: Chilli Cheese Nachos
URBAN REEF If you’re up for venturing into outer Bournemouth it’s worth taking the trip to just beyond Boscombe Pier. Their locally sourced, seasonal food and drink makes Urban Reef the perfect meet up destination for a quick bite to eat after your last lecture of the day. Here, you can watch the chefs prepare your meal in their kitchen or gaze out to sea over the golden sands. Being open until 10pm you can sit and watch the sun go down with an ‘Urban Mojito’ cocktail and a bowl of fat chips. Does life get better than that? Recommended dish: Beer battered catch of the day with tartar sauce, mushy peas and fat chips
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61 Westover Rd, Bournemouth BH1 2BZ
The Overstrand, Undercliff Dr, Bournemouth BH5 1BN
FUNKI GRILLER Compared to the likes of Miller and Carter, Funki Griller steakhouse is the place to be for all meat lovers. Basted in their own Griller sauce, their tender steaks are 28 day aged and bursting with tasty South African flavour. Fear not, vegetarians, this place offers halloumi and vegetable kebabs, giant mushroom burgers, aubergine steaks and much more of the sort. Whether you go for a steak, grilled dish, seafood or salad, you are bound to fall in love with this Westover eatery. Recommended dish: 7oz fillet steak and chunky steak chips
60 MILLION POSTCARDS “The Sunniest Beer Garden in Bournemouth” brings Bournemouth Beaches infamous multi-coloured huts a little more inland. An enchanting venue both inside and out, 60 Million is ironically littered postcards, and has a photobooth downstairs where you too can capture memories of a night out you maayyyy forget. With general 2-4-1 meal deals on certain days during the week, showing an A-List card will get you 20% off selected food and drink items daily, so you’re never short of a deal.
19-21 Exeter Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5AF
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THE OLD FIRE STATION
36 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8AD
Yep, your students' union runs a proper high street late night bar! TOFS is a multi-purpose, award winning listed building venue home to the biggest nights out in B-town. There are three big bars over two floors which come alive on Lollipop Fridays and at Thurs night sell-outs like Suddenly Funk and Applebum. You can catch live music here too. Best Night: Friday
ARUBA Nothing beats sipping on a cocktail with panoramic views of Bournemouth’s award-winning sandy beach, does it? A great social space both during the day and well into the night, Aruba’s a versatile and vibrant venue from dawn ‘til dusk. Presenting your student card will also get 2-4-1 cocktails on all classic favourites, which makes any boozy trip to the beach a little more exciting.
Pier Approach, Bournemouth BH2 5AA
Best Night: Wednesday
215a Old Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 1JZ
Another Bournemouth sporting institution, Sharkey’s isn’t just about watching live sport. With 10 American pool tables and an equal amount of TV screens to match, you can watch and simultaneously be part of the sporting action. Sharkey’s Student Mondays boast two hours of free pool, a free beer pong table with added competitions and drinks promotions, AND A-List discounts on various draught beers and ciders! Bottoms up! Best Night: Monday
SLUG AND LETTUCE If you thought having one Slug and Lettuce in town was good enough, think again! The two bars, one on Richmond Hill and the other on Old Christchurch Road, boast all day 2-4-1 cocktails, gin/pornstar martini trees and flower walls for all your Instagram needs.
Richmond Hill, Bournemouth BH2 6DT
Best Night: Tuesday
DYLAN'S KITCHEN & BAR
Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Poole BH12 5BB
Dylan’s Kitchen and Bar is the place for all you sports fans! Whether rugby or football be your sport of choice, your SU bar’s studenty atmosphere only gets better when the game is live on the plethora of big screens. With cheap pints and decent hot food available then what’s not to love about your Dylan’s? Best Night: Tuesday Quiz
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CHATTING WITH YOUR SUBU
t’s been two years since Ade Balogun first announced he would be running for President of SUBU. He promised greater support and a renewed focus on the University's approach to mental health, but with a recent election turnout of only 11%, do we know enough about the man in charge? Editor Connor Stringer sat down for a Q and A with the President as he settles into his second term in office.
Tell me a bit about your background and why SUBU interested you?
So running for President wasn’t something you had initially planned?
I grew up in Nigeria, Lagos State and I came to Bournemouth to do a Masters in Human Resources. I always wanted to do more than just my degree and was of the notion that I’m here, at university not just for my degree but to get involved. I was hungry to make the most of the opportunities (and get value for money) and through getting involved I ran for SUBU President.
I encouraged myself to get involved in all the opportunities SUBU had on offer. In November time, the PartTime Office Elections happened which got me interested in that side of things. I got involved in some of the Clubs & Societies, making friends and getting to know more about what being at University was all about.
I wake up every morning and the motivation is making sure I am supporting 18,000 students
To get involved, you need to find time and opportunities, As a Master's student, I didn't have many contact hours and so could manage my time around studies and extracurricular activities. From wanting to get involved, my interests quickly centred around SUBU and when the opportunity to stand in the election came, I told myself ‘I will run for this". From interacting with lots of students through getting involved in different opportunities, I felt I knew what students wanted.
You’re in your second year as President now, was your first successful?
You're going into your second term, what do you plan to focus on?
What are you doing to ensure that students care about the elections?
Yes, last year was successful. All my campaigns were based on the strategic goals we had set out which included making a positive impact on students. We tried to make sure that every opportunity was available to students. I would say we didn’t reach all 18,000 students, that’s not easily done, but we are trying as much as possible to get across to everyone. Sometimes students don’t know the benefits of the Students' Union, but I want to make sure I’m doing my job well, so they do. I wake up every morning and the motivation is making sure I am supporting 18,000 students so that they can have the best experience.
In a nutshell, I would theme my whole approach for this year as 'support'. Support for international students and exchange students, making sure that when they are here, they get the best here. Support to home students too, balancing pressure and stress. The transition from home to university can be difficult and balancing every single deadline puts you under a lot of pressure at first. In the nature of support, I want to equip students with more than a degree. The university does a fantastic job at helping students to get a good degree, but it doesn’t always equip you with the skills for when you leave. It’s about being ready for the workplace. Having a platform for students where consultants or agencies can come in and give students practical advice will help students gain a better idea about employability.
I’m so glad you’ve raised this question because it needs to be addressed. My solution is by Clubs and Societies encouraging their peer groups to vote. It's helpful for students to be able to identify with someone, motivating them to take part. We need to be proactive in advertising the elections. We had an 11% turnout at the last election, which needs to increase, so I am open to the ideas and suggestions from students to increase engagement with our members here at BU.
Why should people vote in elections if they aren’t seeing a difference?
Is it frustrating when people complain about you when they don’t vote?
There are loads of reasons why. You might think it doesn’t matter but it is your chance to have a say, it is your university, your Union and it affects your student experience. If you don’t buy into someone’s vision, you should be proactive and ask questions, whether out of curiosity or confusion.
I don't understand the justification behind not voting. It's your opportunity to have your say so it's important to exercise that right. One thing I want students to understand is that we are their independent representatives and the higher the voter turnout, the bigger mandate we have to represent them. SUBU offers engagement, participation, support and representation and it's really important for students to see those key factors in what we do.
Ade Balogun SUBU PRESIDENT
Curiosity can turn into a sense of knowledge by asking questions. Each candidate comes with a different manifesto and if you don’t agree with a candidate’s manifesto, then ask them about it and make sure you vote! Elections impact a lot of people, especially our members.
This year's SUBU Full-Time Officers: SUBU President - Ade Balogun Vice President Activities - Lea Ediale Vice President Community - Abidemi Abiodun Vice President Education - Lenrick Greaves Vice President Welfare and Equal Opportunities - Joanna Ann Think you could do this role? Then look out for this year's recruitment campaign - starting January 2020.
POWER TO THE PURPLE ARMY During freshers in your first year, it is so easy to miss out on all the different things you can get involved with and what roles you can apply for and also what each role involves. Let’s face it, a fresher’s priority is to get to know their flatmates and to make the most of their wristband at The Old Fire Station! That is why many returning students don’t know much about what ‘the people in purple hoodies do’ and that is why we are here to help! Want to be part of the Purple Army and make a difference? Visit www.subu.org.uk/representation.
There is a Student Rep for every course on every year at BU, making it an essential element of the Students' Union at this university. Student Reps are elected by the people on their course and their number one duty is to collect feedback from the people who elected them. Giving and collecting feedback has got even easier too, as Reps use the online tool SimOn to gather feedback. Your feedback will be used by the Student Reps in your faculty, as well as by SUBU who represent your views to the University Management team. Kerry Dean, the Head of Student Participation at SUBU, has explained how using this online tool has been a big success.
Kerry Dean HEAD OF STUDENT PARTICIPATION AT SUBU
As you may have noticed, whether you are a returning second, third or fourth year student, changes are constantly being made on campus. From amending food menus, to course delivery and lecture room allocations, things are always changing and this is down to the work the Reps help to do. Changes aren’t always noticed as they happen so often, but Kerry told us about some of the biggest changes the Student Reps have supported: “The feedback collected by Reps also contributes to much bigger changes like freezing bus fare rises or anonymous marking across Faculties. That’s why it’s so important that students give their views to their Rep.” Kerry told us that “to get the most out of your time at uni there’s an expectation for you to feed back about your experiences, in a way you may never have before, at school or college for instance.”
“Using SimOn , the simple online tool specifically designed to record feedback, Student Reps collected over 8000 student views in 18/19.”
“Student Reps are a vital link in getting that feedback heard. Without Reps it would be difficult to collect a representative view of students thoughts and feed this into the right areas to make a positive difference.” Whether you are a returning second, third, or fourth year student at BU, you can make such a difference by being a Student Rep. Not only will it be incredibly rewarding and great for your CV, you will also gain so many new skills which can only make you better as an individual. If you are already experienced with being a Rep, you could try running to be a Senior Department Rep, more information on this position, is available on the SUBU website. We look forward to watching you make the changes happen.
ALUMNI How would you describe your current job title?
What have you been working on recently?
I am the production co-ordinator and development assistant at Woodcut Media, a TV production company with offices in London and Hampshire. I work in factual television and I have worked across many different series productions. My job involves co-ordinating shoots for reconstruction and interviews with contributors.
My most recent posting has been to coordinate shoots for a long standing successful true crime show commissioned by Sky.
How did your time at Bournemouth University help you get where you are now?
What advice do you want to give current university students to prepare for life after graduation?
My course at Bournemouth University, TV Production, was specific to what I am currently doing in my field of work. It is a well-rounded, creative course that allowed me to be handson, producing my own programmes. It was the perfect course to prepare me for the industry; talking to industry professionals and arranging interviews from an early stage.
I got the job I am in now by completing two lots of work experience with Woodcut Media during my course. I was also proactive and passionate throughout my time at Bournemouth University, which translated into my career path now.
How did you make it into the competitive industry? My final year at Bournemouth University definitely paved me into the industry. It involved creating a career plan to start considering your options after graduating, meeting industry professionals and producing a final project. For my dissertation I wrote about feminism in documentary which I loved producing. Then for my final film, I made and presented a documentary on Lolita fashion in the UK â€“ I am shocked it now has 13k views. I am currently in the process of getting this more widely distributed!
Woodcut Media are one of the leading true crime producers in the UK, creating reenactments of real life crime events.
I would say it is so important to get some sort of experience within the industry you want to go into, before you graduate. Whether itâ€™s completing a placement, working alongside your course, or just additional work over the summer, try to build upon your skills in preparation for your dream job after graduation.
Ellen Smith PRODUCTION COORDINATOR & DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT AT WOODCUT MEDIA
Here at Bournemouth University, we specialise in a diverse range of courses, from Wildlife & Ecology to Computer Animation and Music & Sound Production. We share many success stories of alumni who have landed their dream job, like working on films that have been Oscarnominated or becoming TV and radio producers. Ellen Smith, a TV Production alumni from Bournemouth University, talks about her success in her career after graduation.
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UBU boasts a wide variety of five-star Clubs and Societies who have taken part in our special development scheme. Any Club or Society can take on the 5* challenge which helps make a group even better for its members. You can join online, at Freshers' Fair in Freshers' Week or by contacting the clubs directly. Clubs & Societies are a brilliant way to meet new people and make friends and try something new. Have a look through and see if there's anything you're interested in. We hope there is. If not, you can always start your own.
ARCHAEOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL & ANTHROPOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Socials, trips and guest lectures on the subjects.
ARCHERY SOCIETY To educate people, and teach them archery, with future aims to participate in competitions.
BALLROOM & LATIN DANCE SOCIETY Open to students of all abilities, with access to professional master classes and competitions.
BOAT CLUB Rowing club for all abilities, competing at events such as Henley and Henley Women’s Regatta Competition.
BU BOBCATS Bournemouth University’s very own American Football team
CLIMBING CLUB Drop-in sessions for students of all abilities, winners of the Men’s Individual Series two years running.
CYBER SECURITY SOCIETY Weekly sessions with committee members, industry professionals and guest speakers, plus challenges and events.
DANCE SOCIETY Weekly classes in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, street and tap, national competitions and an end of year showcase.
FIRST AID SOCIETY Advice on different first aid procedures and situations, opportunity to take the First Aid at Work course at a reduced price.
HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM SOCIETY
Social experiences for those interested in hospitality, tourism and volunteering opportunities.
Creating a community for Muslim students, making arrangements for worship and festivals, and educating others on Islam.
PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY Perform a full-scale musical in March and take part in showcases and other events throughout the year. This year’s production ‘Half A Sixpence’ won Event of the Year at the 2019 SUBU Activities Awards.
POLO CLUB Weekly lessons and socials for all abilities, take part in matches at the Winter and Summer Nationals.
ROLE PLAY SOCIETY
Character creation, kit design, costume and prop making, weaponry training & games.
SURF CLUB Weekly sessions and training, including transport and gear, open to students of all experience levels. Also take part in weekend trips!
ULTIMATE FRISBEE SOCIETY Regular training sessions, fun socials and travelling across the country for competitive events.
WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY
Volunteer around Dorset, getting involved in Education and Outreach programmes, Charity and Fundraising events, as well as trips and socials.
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SPORT REVIEW 16
s SportBU aims to crack the top 20 of BUCS, Jack Tanner takes a look at the different sports the university has enjoyed success in over the course of last season.
With BU currently sitting 23rd out of a total of 165 universities in the UK’s premier interuniversity sporting competition, it doesn’t seem very ambitious that TeamBU hope to have a permanent place in the top 20 by 2025. But when mapped out against the fact that over the past 10 years they have creeped up the rankings from 36th place in 2009, you can begin to see how universities have to plan long-term in order to make significant movements up the ladder. Despite finishing one place lower than last year’s finish, BU’s teams actually earned 12 more points this year – but despite the improved performance, they were leapfrogged by the University of Liverpool. In all sports, the Uni finished the season overall with 332 wins, 233 defeats and 50 draws, making their win rate a rather respectable 55%. But how do Universities earn points? The standings reflect a universities’ performance in all sports they have featured a competitive side in – meaning the more teams you enter, the higher chances of earning points. BUCS points are awarded based on final league position, performance in cup competitions, and in sports where individuals can compete,
based on their exploits in singles tournaments. Higher ranked competitions, such as the Premier South, where most of BU’s 1st teams find their homes, earn more points, whilst the Western Divisions 1A and 2A still offer a chance for other sides to pick up points. With Golf, Tennis and Volleyball selected as TeamBU’s focus sports in order to achieve a higher ranking, it makes sense to look at the three first. Golf holds a reputation of being a sport with closed ranks, but BU has six mixed gender teams representing the university in competitions up and down the country. The First team secured a second-place finish in the Premier South, whilst the Second and Third team finished 1st and 3rd respectively in the Western division. Overall BU’s golf teams secured 196 BUCS points last season, meaning the faith shown in the sport is paying off. The points haul is second to only one other sport – Volleyball. BU’s four Volleyball teams contributed 20% of the universities’ 1550 BUCS points last campaign, with both the men and women’s 1st teams securing 3rd place finishes in their respective Premier South leagues.
Meanwhile there was quite a contrast between the men’s 2nd team and women’s – with the men’s securing promotion to the Western 1A division with an unbeaten season in the 2A Division, whilst the women went win-less as they finished bottom of their Western 1A Division. The Men’s 2nd team almost made it a double as they made it to the Western Conference Cup final, narrowly losing out to the University of South Wales firsts 3-2. Tennis is another high-point winner for BU, with TeamBU fielding five teams – three men’s, and two women’s sides. However, despite being heavily focused on by TeamBU, tennis was only the fourth biggest contributor to the uni’s total – with Futsal just piping them to the post by one point. Although both the tennis teams and futsal teams brought home a few points, only the men’s Futsal 3rd outfit managed to lift a trophy, by topping the Western 2A division.
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OUT OF 165 UNI'S
AVERAGE WIN RATE ACROSS ALL SPORTS
332 WINS 233 DEFEATS 50 DRAWS
TOTAL BUCS POINTS LAST SEASON
Other success stories saw the Men’s basketball 1st team top the Western 1A division, before securing promotion to the Premier South with a playoff victory over Hertfordshire Uni. Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, the Women’s 1st team also earned promotion in similar fashion – walking through the league season unbeaten before beating two more teams to secure their place in the Premier South for 2019-2020 season. In Rugby Union the Women’s 1st team took home a double with victory in the Western 2A League and Cup success in the Western Conference Cup. It was the same for the Women’s 1st team in table tennis – a double featuring the Western 2A title and knock-out glory in the Western Conference Cup. Overall most of BU’s success came from their women’s sides, with the Badminton 1st team also becoming a Premier South side with their promotion from the Western 2A. It remains to be seen if the university can finally crack the top 20 next season but it is clear that the current crop of talent representing BU has done so proudly.
SUBU clubs and socs also has a number of competitive teams which compete nationally just like SportBU teams, the Bobcats American Football Team and Boat Club are good examples.
UBU’s annual summer ball marks the welcomed end of exams and the start of summer. Blistering sunshine, a wide array of music and fancy dress – all the signs of a festival to remember.
A lot of the excitement surrounding summer ball comes from the headliner – and this year was no different as SUBU announced up and coming Kurupt FM, known for songs like “Suttin Like Dat” and “Heart Monitor Riddem”. And it’s safe to say their set didn’t disappoint. Known for their dance and electronic music, they brought energy and intensity to the main stage, a clear indication as to why they were the perfect headline for your very own festival.
Kurupt FM weren’t the only ones who put on blinding performances, memorable sets also came from Shy FX with a welcomed hard bass set and Artful Dodger who looked at home in the ‘Foreverland’ tent. Among the standouts were the return of popular tents ‘Suddenly Funk’ and ‘Applebum’, the latter being one of the most popular student events throughout the year boasting a mix of RnB, including necessary throwbacks for nostalgic purposes of course.
REVIEW But out of all the things that made Summer Ball 2019 a festival to remember, it’s time to appreciate the gem that is the fancy dress. With everything from Vikings, builders and astronauts to long term favourites - lifeguards, film/tv characters and the SWAT team, we can safely say BU students know exactly how to do fancy dress. And a notable difference from the 2018 ball was that SUBU clearly addressed any kind of lack of water throughout the night, offering free water refill stations around the site along with bottled water (and drinks in general) at very fair student prices. One of the most unique things about this year’s summer ball was your SU’s commitment to getting absolutely everyone there safely with bus transport included in the ticket
saving you pounds to grab a bite to eat. 2019's event planners also dropped in a big screen in the centre of the site to show none other than the Champions League final between Liverpool and Spurs. With Liverpool coming out on top, it’s hard to tell which set of fans would’ve ended the night most drunk. Winding down around 2am, you’ve either admitted defeat and are on your way home or you’re on the bus to The Old Fire Station for more - the after party, which runs for the next three hours until sunrise. Come 4.30am, a herd of drunk students in fancy stress stumbled their way to the Pier in the hopes of making the elusive Survivor's Photo, catching the sunrise and even going for an early morning dip in the sea if you’re a little bit crazy. If you're a returning student then you only have a couple more balls until G day so make sure you get in there when early birds go on sale, usually at the start of term 2.
Reminisce all the pics and vids from Summer Ball 2019:
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BIG FAT FRESHERS QUIZ
THE BIG FAT FRESHERS QUIZ
SHE DREW THE GUN (GIG) TRIPLE COOKED LOLLIPOP
THE BLOCK PARTY Danny Byrd + Carasel MC DJ Luck & MC Neat Preditah + many more
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MEET THE STUDENTS
WHO RUN THE OLD FIRE STATION
ince 1995, The Old Fire Station has hosted some of the biggest acts in the music industry. From Radio 1's MistaJam to Britain’s biggest YouTuber KSI, The Old Fire Station is the hub of the University’s nightlife. Ahead of the new academic year, Connor Stringer talked to one of the students who helps keep your prestigious venue running like clockwork.
SEPT 26TH MISTAJAM
OCT 17TH AMBER RUN
OCT 19TH TECHBOX
NOV 6TH BOSTON MANOR
MISTAJAM AT THE OLD FIRE STATION
Peter Dalton, known professionally as MistaJam, is a British DJ and radio presenter for BBC Radio and hosts the Drivetime show (Monday to Thursday, 16:00–19:00) on BBC Radio 1Xtra and Dance Anthems (Saturdays, 16:00 - 19:00) on BBC Radio 1. His Dance Anthems are some of the biggest in the country so be sure you don’t miss his appearance at The Old Fire Station on Thursday 26th September.
It’s 10am on a warm Tuesday morning and Duty Manager Stephen James has just woken up to take my call. He has the summer off, as Bournemouth’s oldest venue prepares to welcome back the 17,000 students who will migrate to the town ahead of the new academic year. “Sorry mate I’m still in bed, I thought I'd try and get a lie in while I could” he said as he answered. Since 1995, The Old Fire Station has acted as the Students' Union’s venue of choice, booking and hosting some of the biggest ring stars in the music industry. But It doesn't run itself and with a small army of student Duty Managers, Stephen and his team ensure the venue and its staff are ready for every session, while balancing a full-time degree.
Stephen James DUTY MANAGER AT TOFS
“I study Event Management, so it is kind of up my alley in a way. Every now and then it could be hard to manage if you had a 9am and had to work a shift, but it is quite flexible. We stick up a shift we can’t do on SUBU Crew website and most people take it.” Stephen first joined The Old Fire Station team as a fresher in 2017, where he spent a year on bars before applying to be a Duty Manager, a decision that he encourages others to do.
“We encourage people to be Duty Managers because it looks really good on your CV. A lot of people are hesitant to do it because they are a fresher, but I was a fresher when I applied.” It’s not just organising The Old Fire Station itself that Stephen is responsible for as Duty Manager, but he also in charge of organising the infamous staff socials. “We do four socials a year that the Duty Managers organise where we all go out together. There Is always stuff going on - this year we had forty people go to Newquay for camping.” As well as hosting acts such as Amber Run in October and Mistajam in September, The Old Fire Station will host its first Lollipop of the new year on 27th September. For Stephen, the opportunity to work and be a part of the events means more than just the money. “Everyone you work with becomes mates. The first month or so is just getting to know each other but obviously a lot of us are already mates so it is just a case of getting the new people involved with the group. Being at uni you always need spending money and with the Students' Union it’s so flexible with hours.” Catch Stephen and the duty manager team working all the late nights at TOFS.
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