Our students

BU students can be proud to part of a community that celebrates diversity, sustainability and inclusivity. The majority of our students are UK undergraduates, but in recent years our student body has grown to include more undergraduate and in particular, postgraduate international students.

We have a close partnership with our students’ union (SUBU), and full-time officers are represented on our Board and engaged with our activity through formal committee structures and working informally with workstreams and colleagues.

We support students with health and wellbeing and provide academic and learning support, and our personal tutors are often a first point of contact who are able to signpost students to resources and other services, including our academic skills hub, which offers one to one appointments and workshops on a range of topics including English and Maths, presentation and referencing skills and statistics, as well as healthy study habits.

According to Advance HE, in 2021 the average percentage of students declaring a disability across the sector for undergraduate first degrees was 16.4%. At BU, 19.8% of students declare a disability.

We want all our students to succeed, whatever their background, and our Access and Participation Plan sets out our areas of focus, which includes a focus on working with local schools to improve reading and numeracy, increasing participation and outcomes for students from areas of low participation and low income backgrounds, and improving outcomes for ethnic minority students and disabled students. 

Clubs and societies are mostly run by SUBU. Our SportBU team, who also provide on campus sport and fitness facilities for students and staff and support our performance sport teams, work closely with SUBU to support the sports clubs.