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Our Campus

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

Sustainable Resource Management Aims

  • To send zero waste to landfill.
  • To increase recycling rate.
  • To decrease the overall waste produced.
  • To reuse ensuring that the ‘waste = raw material’ principle is applied where possible.

Our Results

  • AUB sends zero waste to landfill.
  • Waste that can’t be recycled is converted to ‘energy from waste’.
  • The recycling rate has significantly increased over the last few years rising to a projected 62% for 2018/19.
  • The amount of waste produced has been decreasing and re-use is on the increase e.g. exhibition boards and film sets etc.
  • Modelmaking are using plastic milk carton tops to recycle into raw material for 3d printing.

Southern Consortium Affiliation Group

We’re part of the Southern Consortium Affiliation Group. That means we use the same waste contractor, aim to share best practice, find innovative ways to use the waste hierarchy and have more influence over the contract. The group are associated and acknowledged for its innovative ideas in waste management.


We’ve tried to make recycling as easy as possible. There are ‘Dry Mixed’ (DMR) recycling bins and ‘General Waste (GW) bins. The DMR is recycled and the GW is converted to energy.

Although we’ve significantly increased our recycling rate, more can be achieved and every member of the community is vital to achieving this.

What can be recycled in the DMR?

  • Paper
  • Card
  • Cans
  • Glass
  • Waxed cartons (not coffee cups) and plastics.

Our community use approximately 700 single-use coffee cups every day (term-time). We strongly encourage people to bring a reusable cup/bottle or at a minimum use a coffee cup recycling bin.

Metals enter the waste stream via the skip where they’re separated and sorted at the waste plant.

Specialist waste such as batteries and chemicals are stored separately and dealt with by Campus Services or course Technicians

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 icon, 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 and seating area

Food and drink

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