The Big Give 2024 Project Has Started!!!

What is The Big Give? 

Are you going home for summer or graduating? Donate your unwanted clothes, accessories, 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 £195,888 for British Heart Foundation and other local charities, helping to save lives and helping people and animals in need.  

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

Last year the Big Give 2023 meant that students donated approximately 15 metric tonnes of unwanted clothing, accessories and household items to Prama and The British Heart Foundation.

Prama also attended a Thrift Store Pop-Up Sale during Freshers week and sold donations to students on campus, meaning that the Big Give is creating a circular economy. 

When will it be running in 2024? 

We will be hosting The Big Give in 2024 meaning  charities can collect your donations from  May right through to  September.

Not all charities will take the same types of donations, especially things like duvets, bedding, electricals and furniture.  For 2024 we will be helping you find out where you can take donations - on campus, in your halls of residence, and in the Winton area where most students live in private rented housing.  We've even organised for street collections in some parts of Winton.

You can donate your unwanted items such as clothing, shoes, accessories, and bric-a-brac, and non-perishable food such as unopen tin cans, rice or pasta.

If you live in Halls, look out for the large red British Heart Foundation donation bins in your communal areas.  Make sure your donations are bagged up as they are easier to collect.  Collections begin from Friday 3rd May right the way through to Friday 13th September.  

Local charity Prama will be providing street collections for 32 streets in Winton - click The Big Give Booklet link below to learn more.  Street collections will take place every Wednesday from Wednesday 8th May, through to Wednesday 10th July.  Our SUBU Community Wardens will be dropping bags and flyers to the designated streets.

There will also be 12 purple Prama bins on campus where you can place your donations.

New for 2024 we also have a donation bin in The Student Centre on Talbot Campus where you can donate blankets and sheets to Monkey World. 

Read all about The Big Give, including information about what and where you can donate in this handy booklet.

So if you are having an end of year clear out please make sure you give it - don't bin it!!!

If you have any questions about The Big Give 2024 please email

Green Week

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Recycling Roadshow

Look out for our recycling roadshow on Halls and Campus. We will be speaking to students who are moving to private rented housing in September to help them get their bins and recycling right.



Fairtrade Fortnight

Raising awareness of Fairtrade and ethical goods

27th February - 12th March 2023

Find out more HERE

Fairtrade fortnight is an International campaign which celebrates Fairtrade, on the last week of February and first week of March. 

We encourage students to think about purchasing Fairtrade acredited goods, 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. 

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

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