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BU Libraries are open all through the Summer

Both BU libraries (Bournemouth House Library at Lansdowne and The Sir Michael Cobham Library at Talbot) will be open over the summer break and library staff will be available for help and advice. Check the website for full details of the library opening hours over the holidays. A helpful guide on library facilities for research outlines the full range of services and resources that are accessible all year round.

If studying at home over the break,  loanable items can be borrowed for the whole of the vacation. Also, the e-journals and e-books that BU subscribes to are all available off campus. Detailed help in accessing e-resources off campus is available online in our library guide. If researchers are staying here in Bournemouth, there is plenty of quiet study space and computers in the library, as well as printing, copying and scanning facilities.

Note that due to essential maintenance work by IT Services, the libraries will be closed on the following dates although e-resources will continue to be available off-campus as usual:

Saturday 30 June: Bournemouth House Library closed all day.

Saturday 14 July: The Sir Michael Cobham Library closed all day.

Both libraries will be closed on bank holiday Monday 27 August.​

BOS Survey Tool unavailable 3-4 October 2017

There are changes to the service delivering the Bristol Online Survey (BOS) Tool as the service is transferring from Bristol University to Jisc.  The transfer of the BOS service from the University of Bristol to Jisc is scheduled to take place during the week commencing October 2, 2017.

To enable the transfer of its database, BOS will be offline from the morning of Tuesday October 3, for a period of up to 48 hours. During this time users will not be able to access BOS and all surveys will be offline.

From Thursday October 5, the service will be supported by Jisc.

Please note that the support email address and telephone number will change after the transfer. These will be advertised on the BOS website.

Users will be able to log in with the same usernames and passwords after the transfer, and should not notice any significant changes. All surveys and survey data will be transferred, and any surveys that were open prior to the transfer will be accessible to participants as soon as the service is restored.

A notification will be placed on all user Dashboards two weeks prior to the transfer to inform them of the upcoming downtime and transfer to Jisc, but please also make every effort to notify your account’s users.

If you have any questions please contact the support team at or call on 0117 394 1783.

Preparing myBU for AY 17/18 – countdown to the start of term

Preparing myBU for AY 17/18 – countdown to the start of term

This post contains important information and dates for staff who will be continuing to use myBU in the next academic year.

Please note that, as last year, unit content will not be automatically rolled over from 16/17.  If required, elements of your unit(s) can be copied over in a few simple steps.  Information on how to copy content is available from the TEL Toolkit.

Key dates

24 – 26 July.  myBU Upgrade
myBU will be unavailable to both staff and students for its annual upgrade. This scheduled downtime will enable IT and the LT Team to install and test the latest updates to myBU/Blackboard.

From 21 August.  The 17/18 units will be available in myBU.  Academic staff can prepare their units from this date, including copying content where appropriate.

8 September is the deadline to have initial content ready for continuation students, who will see content in their new units 14 days in advance of start of term (i.e. visible from 11 September  2017).

15 September is the deadline for initial content to be in place for new students in Induction Week (i.e. visible from 18 September 2017).

Help and Support
If staff have any questions or need help on any of the above, please contact the IT Service Desk in the first instance and a Learning Technologist will get in touch:


Bristol Online Surveys (BOS) are transferring to Jisc

Bristol Online Surveys (BOS)

BOS is currently managed by the University of Bristol and provided as a service to the UK HE community.  On 1 August 2017, ownership will be transferred to Jisc.  Following transfer to Jisc it is expected that the ‘look and feel’ of BOS should remain the same.

BOS account access is set up by IT Services who are account administrators.  Researchers wishing to use a BOS survey should put a request through the IT Service Desk (SNOW).

It is important to note that on  1 August 2017, BOS will be unavailable for around 48 hours.  We do not know the exact time period at the moment.  More information is available on the BOS site:

Transfer to Jisc: FAQs
Transfer to Jisc: FAQs for Primary Contacts