BU introduces Residential Assistants to halls


With the start of a whole new semester and a new academic year, 2016 sure has begun on a high. But this year Bournemouth University have employed Residential Assistants to help organise events in halls and Unilet.

A team of 32 Resident Assistants (RA) are serving as a point of contact to answer any questions or queries for students in halls or Unilet. They are there to advise you on who to contact should you have any issues. The scheme has been introduced in response to common issues which occur during the beginning of university life.

Staying away from home for what may be the first time and living with strangers can come with its issues. However, the RA’s are here to ensure you enjoy your first year of university life.

Known as ‘BU Res-life’ the new programme has set out to create an inclusive, friendly and supportive atmosphere in halls to allow all first years to make the most of their time here. The RA’s have also benefited from their roles, forming a tight-knit team and gaining new skills.

Nicole Haizelden, Resident Assistant for Unilet housing, said:

“It’s been a great way to meet and make new friends and expand on my event planning skills, which will look great on my CV”.

The team have also implemented an annual events programme for students living in BU accommodation. So far, this has comprised of a pool tournament in Chesil and Student Village, Fitness Mondays at Corfe in Poole and a ‘Best Breakfast Day’ in Lyme Regis offering residents free breakfast to raise awareness for the Carers Trust.

In conjunction with Dylan’s Bar, the Unilet RA team also held a free pizza and quiz night with a group VIP ticket to Walkabout up for grabs. Unsurprisingly, the event resulted in a great turn out with smiles all around.

If successful in achieving its aims, it has been confirmed that ‘Res-life’ shall continue for the 2017 intake of fresher’s, so the pressure is on for the current RA’s to make it work!