Big Give

What is The Big Give? 

Donate your cloths, books, electrical and unopened non-perishable food to charity to help those in need.

The Big Give is where students in halls of residence and private rented accommodation have a big end of year clear out when moving out, and donate all of their unwanted stuff to charity, rather then letting it go in the bin.

Since 2013, by donating 95 metric tonnes unwanted stuff, students have raised over £165,402 for British Heart Foundation and other local charities, helping to save lives and helping people and animals in need.  

Despite the challenges of a pandemic The Big Give 2021 raised over £18,337 with over 700 bags of clothing and over 232kg of unopened food being donated being donated by BU Students.

As this is a community project, we also encourage BU Staff, and even people in the wider community to participate and make donations.

That’s as much at 2 adult African elephants in weight!!!! 

When will it be running in 2022? 

We will be hosting the Big Give in 2022, and due to feedback from students and Halls Managers we will be extending the donation period by six weeks. 

That means that this years Big Give will run from 3rd May right through to 11th September.

You can donate your unwanted items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, and bric-a-brac to the British Heart Foundation, and non-perishable food such as unopen tin cans, rice or pasta to the Trussell Trust Bournemouth Foodbank One Can Plan. 

We are also hoping to work with our charity partners to donate some duvets and pillows to local homeless charities and animal shelters, and small electricals and white goods items to a local charity helping families in financial crisis. 

The donation points listed below in the 2021 Big Give, will be increased with metal bins on campus at Talbot and Lansdowne, as well as more Halls of Residence participating in the project.

Donation Points will be available from 3rd May through to 11th September 2022

Big Give Donation Points on Campus

  • Bournemouth Gateway Building (BGB) - Lansdowne Campus - BHF Clothing Bin & Foodbank Bin
  • SUBU, Ground Floor, Student Centre - Talbot Campus - BHF Clothing Bin & Foodbank Bin
  • Talbot Campus – outside metal clothing bank, on the pedestrian walkway adjacent to Christchurch House 
  • Talbot Campus – outside metal clothing bank, on the pedestrian walkway leading from the bus station up to Poole House Reception. 

Big Give Donation Points in Halls

  • Cranborne House - Lansdowne - BHF Clothing Bin and Foodbank Bin
  • Skyline - Lansdowne - BHF Clothing Bin
  • Oxford Point - Lansdowne - BHF Clothing Bin
  • Student Village - Talbot - BHF Clothing Bin & Foodbank Bin
  • Dorchester house – Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Mercury House – St Peters Road – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Corfe House – Poole – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Kaplan College, Lansdowne Point – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Lulworth/Union House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Purbeck House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Lyme Regis House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Chesil House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Bailey Point, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • Belaton House, Lansdowne – BHF Clothing Bin
  • The Artisan, Lansdowne - BHF Clothing Bin
  • Winton Halls, Winton - BHF Clothing Bin, Foodbank Bin

Big Give Temporary Donation Points in Winton

  • Leslie Road, Carpark at the back of Lidl - BHF Clothing Bin (TBC)
  • Cranmer Road, Carpark at the back of Wilkinson’s - BHF Clothing Bin (TBC)

(provided in partnership with British Heart Foundation and BCP Council.)


About our Big Give Charity Partners

We work with our Charity Partners to raise funds and redistribute food to the people who need it.

The British Heart Foundation

© British Heart Foundation, a registered charity in England & Wales (225971) and Scotland (SC039426)

Items donated to the British Heart Foundation donation banks go directly towards raising vital funds for lifesaving research through the sale of the items in British Heart Foundation shops.

Since 2012, donations from students across the UK, have helped raised the equivalent of £2.4 million for the British Heart Foundation, who have funded a range of schemes, training initiatives and lifesaving equipment in the local Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area over the last 12 months including:

Heartstart schemes 


free heart health resources

organisations CPR trained

British Heart Foundation Retail Shops

Since 2013 BU Students have contributed to fundraising £165,402, and saved the equivalent of 570 african elephants in weight, being thrown in the rubbish bin.   Approx 961849 kg CO2 emissions have been saved by recycling and repurposing your unwanted stuff at the end of the year. 

What Can I donate to the British Heart Foundation?


Bournemouth Food Bank (Trussell Trust)

Our partner food charities help tackle food poverty by taking surplus food and redistributing to the people who need it most.

The Bournemouth Foodbank provides emergency food for local people in crisis. Food items donated by Bournemouth University students are provided to this charity. Over the last two years, the equivalent of 4,000 meals have been donated.

What Can I Donate to Bournemouth Food Bank (Trussell Trust)?


Unopened non-perishable food items – for example, tins, packets, boxes, bottles

We particularly need UHT milk, fruit juice, rice puddings, tinned meat and toiletries


Opened food items

Fresh food items – dairy items such as fresh milk, or cheese

Food Bank Donation Points are in the Student Centre (Ground Floor) on Talbot Campus, and Bournemouth Gateway Building (BGB) on the Lansdowne Campus.  Check with your Halls Managers, as most Halls of Residence have donation points for unwanted food too.


Faithworks Wessex

Faithworks are a local charity who work partnership with churches and other organisations in the community to run practical, local projects in urban Dorset to help people to get out of and stay out of crisis.

Their work is focused on those at key transition points in life: rough-sleepers, lone parents, those in material crisis (food) and debt or financial confusion, and individuals struggling with addiction.

What Can I donate To Faithworks - Wessex?

YES PLEASE  – Used Items

Beds                                                         Wardrobes

Chest of drawers                                    Bedside cabinets

Dining table and chairs                         Coffee tables

TV stands                                                 Sofa’s and armchairs

All soft furnishings must have fire labels and be fully functioning with no damage.

YES PLEASE – New Items 

Curtains                                            Cutlery                                          Crockery

Pots and Pans                                  Fridge                                           Counter top oven or hob

Microwave                                        Slow cooker                                 Hairdryers

You can arrange for large items to be collected by phoning Michael at 07730 891433 or emailing


BCP Council

We partner with BCP Council who support the Big Give and provide space for temporary metal donation bins in the Winton area, so that students in private rented accommodation can also participate in the Big Give and donate all their unwanted items.  BCP support students to recycle and repurpose their unwanted stuff by donating it to charity.

If you have any items that cannot be donated, for example, clothing that is damaged and ripped,  food that is opened, then click here to check on the BCP webpage how you should be recycling these items.


How do I find out more about The Big Give?

If you have any questions about The Big Give, please email us at:

Sustainability Challenge

Do you have a fantastic sustainable idea that could be incorporated into every day life on campus? Then this is for you!

The Sustainability Challenge is:

• A chance to inspire and help Bournemouth University become more sustainable by creating an idea as an individual or as part of a team and presenting your idea to a panel of judges

• A chance to work across disciplines with students from other faculties or departments, and create an interdisciplinary and innovative idea

• An opportunity to win funding to make your idea a reality

• An experience that will give you new skills, new contacts and impress future employers 

You will need to research your idea and show how it could be incorporated into Bournemouth University life. Think outside the box! It can be based on any area of Bournemouth University from food to travel, to accomodation, retail outlets, your course and more!

Registration will re-open for the 22-23 academic year in September 2022

Join our Facebook Page HERE for regular updates


The Sustainability Challenge is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to come together and create an idea to make the university campuses more sustainable. For students considering taking part in this competition it is also: A chance to inspire and help Bournemouth University become more environmentally sustainable • A chance to work across disciplines with students from other faculties or departments, and create an interdisciplinary and innovative idea • An opportunity to win prizes • An experience that will give you new skills, new contacts and impress future employers

We encourage teams to have between 1 to 6 members.

Any BU student is eligible to be part of a team with members from anywhere across BU. You can join up with peers on your programme, in your accommodation or anywhere else!

If you want to sign up as an individual, please do! Or, when you sign up you can tell us what sustainable areas you are interested in and we will pair youup with another team interested in the same.

Go to this link and fill in the online form.

The SUBU and BU Sustainability Teams will be hosting information and Q&A sessions for any questions you may have. We encourage you to find a mentor if you feel it would benefit, as it is a great research and networking opportunity. We can help you with this, or we’ll certainly try!

The winning idea for 20-21 was a 'Sustainability Starter Pack' to be given to all BU students to help them live more sustainably whilst at BU. Other ideas were a plant based campus, a re-fill shop and a book swap. This about something you are passionate about, be as creative as you like!

The Challenge is a platform for students to come together and create an idea. The winning idea will be considered for funding/ sponsorship to help bring the diea to life however there is not an expectancy that you must fulfil the idea or that the university will accept it and/or fund its implementation

We can’t give that away! BUT they will consist of both internal BU staff and external experts within the Sustainability sector.

Yes! Taking part in the Sustainability Challenge is recognised as part of the Skilled Practioner Badge on the Global Talent Programme and allows you to gain credit towards your Global Talent Award. Find out more and join here:

Sustainability Challenge - 21-22 Results

The 2021 Sustainability Challenge took place on December 3rd 2021 and saw 3 teams of BU students come together to present their ideas on how Bournemouth University could improve its sustainability for a chance to win £100 to kick start their idea from our challenge sponsor Gaia Card! to make their idea into a reality. 

The winning idea was 'Trashy Marketing'- an innovative campaign to increase recycling habits and engagement on campus. The idea was create by 2 Marketing Students- Natasha Hutt and Hannah Martin. The winners will go on to work with both SUBU and BU sustainability teams to implement fun and unique message across campus to encourage recycling amongst the student body.


Sustainability Challenge - 20-21 Results

The 20-21 Sustainability Challenge took place on February 24th 2021 and saw 7 teams of BU students come together to present their ideas on how Bournemouth University could improve its sustainability for a chance to win £500 to make their idea into a reality. The challenge was run in collaboration with BU Sustainability and the prize money was sponsored by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

The 7 teams had 2 months to prepare for their presentation which was judged on the level of research and testing, innovation and creativity, practical ability and application and, finally, overall impact. We had some really innovative ideas presented to our judging panel including on campus refill shops, a wall of kindness, a plant based campus and much more! 

However, the winning idea was ‘The Sustainability Starter Pack’. This idea was created by 3 BU Masters students - Megan Leonard, June Vorraa and Lucy James. The Sustainability Starter Pack is an initiative that will give all BU students a simple guide on how to live a sustainable life whilst at BU by making small changes to their everyday life such as their diet, recycling and waste management, sustainable travel and much more! Keep your eyes peeled for more information launching soon!



Ethical Trade Fortnight

Celebrating Fairtrade and Other Ethical Trade Brands

Fairtrade fortnight is an International campaign which celebrates Fairtrade, on the last week of February and first week of March. Here at SUBU we celebrate Ethical Trade Fortnight during the same 2 weeks. In 2022, we celebrated from 21st February until 6th March, however, we can all support ethical trade brands all the time.

We encourage students to think about purchasing ethical trade brands, to support workers overseas so that they can produce and sell their products in a fair way, to ensure they have a decent wage and standard of living, and to ensure that products are resourced in a careful and sustainable way, so that our environment does not become damaged or polluted. 

We asked students to complete a survey about their opinions of purchasing Ethical Trade and Fairtrade products, which will be published here soon.


You can find out more about ethical trade brands below - simply click on the icons.

At Bournemouth University, we recognise the importance of Fairtrade items and we stock various items which are Fairtrade at university and students union outlets. 

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices which must never fall lower than the market price, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

Check back in February 2023, to find out about our Ethical and Fairtrade events on campus.



Green Day

Green Day is our first sustainability event of the academic year, held in the Student Centre on Talbot Campus.  

Green Day 2021 was held on 10th November 2021, with lots of sustainable and ethical organisations who were able to speak to students about climate action and sustainable and ethical living, such as Global Justice Bournemouth, The Food E-box, Dorset Sustainable Palm Oil Community, BU Sustainability Team and more. 


Featured Organisations for SUBU Green Day 2021!

SUBU Sustainability - We support a group of students called the Climate Action Student Team, who help us to deliver key messages about climate and sustainability through events and campaigns.

Permaculture Society here

Reduceatarian Society

Wildlife Conservation Society BU

BU Sustainability

BCP Council Waste Aware
Partnering with SUBU Community Wardens to help students recycle and manage your waste at home responsibly.
The Food E-Box
We want to bring together the local producers community so that we can pick the finest products and deliver them straight to your door, minimising pollution in our environment
Friends of the Earth
We are part of an international community dedicated to protecting the natural world and the wellbeing of everyone in it. We lead campaigns, provide resources and information, and drive real solutions to the environmental problems facing us all.
SUEZ UK – (BU Waste Contractor)
Part of the global SUEZ group, we employ more than 5,000 people in the UK. Since 1988, we have been delivering innovative and environmentally responsible solutions to manage waste and water for our customers – households, local authorities, and industry and commerce.

Just1Swap - Local zero waste pop-up shop, who sell all kinds of beautiful and practical sustainable living items, such as soaps, bamboo bathroom and kitchen products and more.  All of which are reusable and biodegradable.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation - protecting whales and dolphins with a truly global effort. with teams in the UK, USA, Australia and Germany working together, aiming for a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free.

Check back here regularly for updates on Sustainable organisations that will be here to talk to you on SUBU Green Day in November 2022.

If you have any questions or suggestions about SUBU Green Day, feel free to email