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Our Campus - The Environment and AUB
Our Campus

This is AUB. A place to shape and build your work; to learn, share, provoke and collaborate.

Environmental Sustainability Aims

  • To make sure the campus buildings, facilities and estate are environmentally sustainable.
  • To improve the existing infrastructure if and where required and ensuring all new builds are BREEAM standard ‘very good’.
  • To enhance biodiversity where possible.

Our Results

  • We achieved the EcoCampus Platinum award in 2020.
  • An Environment Management System (EMS). Alongside the EMS we have a sustainability Plan that ensures continual improvement.
  • A Biodiversity Action Plan.
  • We acknowledged and awarded student sustainability/ethical projects.
  • All new staff attend an environmental sustainability induction

Sustainability Plan

The Sustainability Plan is owned and monitored by the Environment Committee. It demonstrates our targets and achievements over six aspects:

  • Minimising emissions and utility usage
  • Sustainable Resource Management.
  • Reducing emissions associated with travel
  • Managing the estate efficiently
  • Developing staff and student awareness and engagement
  • Promoting biodiversity and Fairtrade.

AUB Human

AUB Human is a space where we celebrate social, ethical and sustainable creative practice. It connects designers, architects, filmmakers and other creative practitioners who share a desire to bring about positive change for global good

Our students and staff use their skills to engage and address some of the most pressing issues that are facing the human race today. Explore AUB Human to find out some of the ways in which our community is working together to make the world a better place.

Sustainability Award

We’re committed to supporting students through the recognition and promotion of sustainably/ethical-focused design and thinking through diverse and impactful eco-friendly initiatives. Sustainable design awards create awareness for issues relating to sustainability, environment and 3R (reduce, recycle and reuse).

In 2018, for the first time, our Environment Committee introduced Sustainable Design awards to recognise work which took a particularly interesting or innovative approach to matters of sustainability as part of final year projects. Courses were invited to nominate possible candidates, and the judging panel also took account of other interesting work which it noted when reviewing the shows. The panel identified an overall winner, as well as projects which were highly commended.

This will now become a regular feature of the Committee’s work.

Sustainable Campus

Aligned with our sustainability plan, any development projects are designed to BREEAM standard ‘very good’ as a minimum requirement. Opportunities are also sought to lessen the environmental and ecological impact of developments. For example, a substantial reptile relocation programme was undertaken as part of our current campus development project as well as the planting of more than 100 new trees and the development of local pedestrian and cycle routes. The current halls of residence development include photovoltaics covering all roofs that contribute to the powering of an efficient electrical heating system.

We’re undergoing a campus masterplan exercise that has sustainability at its core – through the repurposing of existing buildings and their materials and the use of sustainable materials for any new builds.

Environmental Management System

EcoCampus is a flexible phased approach to introducing an EMS. We achieved Bronze certification in October 2017, Silver in October 2018, Gold in April 2019 and Platinum in January 2020.

What does an EMS do?

  • Drives continual improvement.
  • Lowers costs associated with utility consumption.
  • Addresses sustainability issues and climate change.
  • Helps to achieve sector targets.


We hope to enhance our features to benefit the community and biodiversity to ensure the space and facilities are appropriate of a leading specialist creative institution.

Although we have limited green space, we’re committed to maximizing our potential, increasing biodiversity and reaping the health and well-being benefits too. We’ve got a green roof on the Artsbar, a green wall next to the refectory, solitary bee tubes on the Campus Services building and bird boxes on the grounds.

Along with the above aspects, we have a Biodiversity action plan in place.

Sustainable Development Goals

We recognise our impact on the environment and society and want to make a difference. We want to contribute to achieving the SDGs locally, nationally and globally.

SDGs were developed and agreed by world leaders in 2015 and are split over 17 goals. These cover everything from ending poverty and hunger to achieving gender equality and inclusivity in education to urgent action in combating climate change.

To find out more about the SDGs read more on the United Nations’ website.

Explore the campus

AUB's drawing studio with the A Block in the background


Our campus is a living, breathing, academic environment for creativity – it's where you'll make amazing things happen
Drone view of AUB campus with an illustrated overlay

AUB:360 tour

Explore AUB's creative campus with our new 360° virtual tour
Life drawing class taking place inside the Drawing Studio

Drawing Studio

Our iconic, blue Drawing Studio is used by student from all courses and was designed by Alumnus, Sir Peter Cook​
A wall covered in colourful storyboards and multicolour book stands


Our in-house gallery, TheGallery, is a major resource for contemporary art and design in the South of England
Display Cabinet


MoDiP is the UK's leading resource for the study and interpretation of design in plastics and specialist research resource
Still from the Green Week video showing fresh green produce in a box

The Environment and AUB

Our goal is to ensure a sustainable future for the University as a specialist provider of arts, design, media and performance education
Inside AUB's Library

The Library

The Library at AUB holds an excellent range of print and online collections
Actress sitting on a chair by a window

Bournemouth Film School

With a history spanning over 50 years, BFS sits at the heart of AUB, setting the standard for turning creativity into careers
Image of Starbucks counter displaying hot food

Food and drink

We’ve got plenty of food and drink choices all over the AUB campus