World Water Day 2023

This World Water Day is about accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis, and action towards the Sustainable Development Goal number 6.

And because water affects us all, we need everyone to take action. That means you! Watch the short animation based on the ancient tale of the hummingbird who is faced with a great fire and, rather than stand and stare, decides to act – trying to put the fire out one drop at a time. The other animals laugh, but she replies, “I’m doing what I can.”

What actions will you take this water day? #BeAHummingbird

What can you do?

Learn – explore the water and sanitation crisis, there’s a long way to go before we meet Sustainable Development Goal 6- Clean Water and Sanitation- the promise that everyone would have safely managed water and sanitation by 2030. Learn about the goal and what needs to be done to tackle the global water and sanitation crisis.

Take Action- You can make a difference by changing the way you use, consume and manage water in your lives.

Create your own action list on UnWater: UN-Water | Be The Change | Be the change you want to see in the world. ( 

On campus – save resources on campus by turning off taps, reporting faults and refilling on campus. See the map of all the places you can refill a reusable water bottle on campus – FreeWater – Brighton University Hospitality

Free bike maintenance checks 28 February – 7 March

There will be free 30-minute bike maintenance checks available on all campuses from mechanics of Bike for Life South AKA ‘Dr Bike’, 28 February to 7 March.

These sessions are provided and funded by Brighton and Hove City Council at the Brighton campuses.

30-minute appointments are bookable through Calendly. Simply select the appropriate campus, then the date on the calendar and the times available will be presented. Choose an appointment and make a booking using your university email address.

The basic bike maintenance check offered by the mechanic includes minor mechanical adjustments and advice on how to keep your bike in good condition, including:

  • Bikeability advice such as use of gears, brakes and on road safety tips.
  • Help with the comfort of your bike set up / riding position.
  • Advice on locking your cycle and correct helmet fitting.
  • Bike servicing at a later date not covered by your 30-minute appointment.
  • Recommended bike shops and services.

It is expected that bike owners remain present when their bikes are being looked at, so they can benefit from the mechanics tips and advice on how to handle to most basic repairs and maintenance checks. The Dr Bike team does not provide a full bike service but can give an advice whether such service is required considering the condition of a bike.

The times and locations bookable through Calendly are:

  • Moulsecoomb campus – Tuesday 28 February, 11-3pm, outside the Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) – FULLY BOOKED
  • Falmer – Wednesday 01 March, 11-3pm outside the Checkland building – FULLY BOOKED
  • City Campus – Thursday 02 March, 11- 3pm main building quad, by the bike racks – FULLY BOOKED
  • Eastbourne – Tuesday 07 March, 12-2pm outside Hillbrow Sports Centre – SPACES AVAILABLE

£2 single bus fares

£2 single tickets will be available 01 January – 31 March 2023.
The Government are providing £60 million of funding to bus operators across the country, to support passengers during the cost of living crisis.
Brighton and Hove Buses, Stagecoach Buses, Compass Travel and other operators across the country are participating in the scheme:

Bus service improvements to Varley in 2023

The following improvements are being made to buses serving Varley Park from January 9th:
  • 5B will stop at Varley throughout the day, up to twice an hour (each way) and the route has been changed so that it will stop on the Falmer campus 🙌
  • 24 will stop at Varley throughout the day, up to 3 times an hour (each way)
Don’t forget that discounted student tickets are available on the mobile app, saving you up to 25%.
View the updated timetables. 24 and 5B bus timetable updates

Free bike maintenance checks

There will be free bike maintenance checks available on all campuses from mechanics of Bike for Life South AKA ‘Dr Bike’! To book in a bike check, email Jude, our Sustainability and Energy Analyst, with your campus and date of choice. Each person who makes and fulfils their booking will receive free either a puncture repair kit, bike pump, bike light or pannier!

See times and locations below:

  • City Campus – Thursday 27 October, 12- 2pm main building quad, by the bike racks
  • Falmer – Tuesday 01 November, 12-2pm outside the Checkland building
  • Moulsecoomb – Wednesday 02 November, 12-2pm, outside the Advanced Engineering Building (AEB)
  • Eastbourne – Thursday 03 November, 12-2pm outside Hillbrow sports centre

Participate in National Walking Month this May

Living Streets are encouraging everyone to #Walkthismay with their #Try20 campaign. 

Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve physical and mental health and a 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. 

By swapping a short drive for a short walk, you can also help reduce air pollution, congestion and road danger – whilst saving yourself some money and getting active in the process! Also Brighton is one of the cities where people walk the most at 84%, beaten by Glasgow at 86%!  

Join in by walking 20minutes each day, and if you’re looking for ideas see Living Street’s #Try20 tips for ways in which you can fit walking into your day.  

 Walking maps and resources  

We’ve worked with Living Streets to develop our Active Travel Map for Eastbourne, showing key walking routes in the town as shared by our students and staff.  

View the active travel maps from Brighton and Hove City Council for Falmer, Moulsecoomb and City campus, showing you what’s within a 5, 10 and 15  minute walk.  

Also check out the NHS Active 10 walking campaign which aims to get more people walking. Their free Active 10 app takes away the guesswork – it shows how much brisk walking you are doing and how you can do more. It’s easy to use and helps you set your goals for the day. 

You can also find a range of short walks in East Sussex on the East Sussex Health Walks web page, the Brighton and Hove City Council Sport and Activity web pages, as well as guidance on walking for health on the NHS choices web pages. 

Do you travel by bus around Brighton? Take part in our survey

We would like to know how you use the university’s UB1 shuttle bus service between our Brighton campuses and halls, to inform service provision moving forwards. We’re also keen to find out how you use local buses to travel around Brighton and Hove.

Please answer the short questionnaire to provide your feedback. It should only take 5 minutes and closes on 1 December 2021.

Take part in the Bus Travel Survey now

COP26: What is it and why is it important? Join our series of events.

What is COP26?

Between 31 October – 12 November 2021 Glasgow will play host to the UN’s 26th Conference of the Parties – COP26. The 197 parties (196 countries and the EU) who signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) treaty in 1194 will be in attendance to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework on Climate Change – in simple terms they will be making important decisions on how humanity tackles climate change.

United Nations climate change conferences are among the largest international meetings in the world, with complex negotiations taking place between officials from every country, representatives from civil society and the global news media. COP26 is the largest summit ever hosted by the UK and is described as the most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement.

The Paris agreement was signed at COP21 in 2015. The agreement was the first of its kind – a legally binding agreement where each country signed up to cut carbon emissions to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and ideally to 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels. At COP26 the Paris Agreement will be a key discussion top and for this reason, many believe that COP26 is pivotal in driving forward action on climate change and enacting the agreement.

Watch the one minute video from People’s advocate, Sir David Attenborough, on the importance of COP26.

Why do I need to know about COP26 and how can I get involved?

Issues of the long-term sustainability of society and of our planet are considered to be one of the greatest Global Challenges ever facing us. COP26 is a crucial step in addressing this globally, where countries will develop their plans which feed into policies and law affecting each and every one of us.

You can take action in many ways, we’ve developed a brief resource centre where you can learn more about COP26 and the climate emergency.

You can join the #OneStepGreener campaign by sharing the steps our taking to reduce your environmental impact and contribution to climate change – anything from using a reusable bottle to switching to a renewable energy tariff.

We’d also love to see you at one of our COP26 X c-change events, find out more below.

What we’re doing at the University of Brighton – COP26 X c-change

In line with the fortnight of COP26 the University’s Sustainability Team are hosting a number of events to encourage you, our students and staff, to take action on climate change including sustainability strategy development sessions, film screenings, led walks, a visit to the Rampion windfarm visitor centre and a forest bathing activity.

Sport Brighton are also supporting the events with a cycle and sustainable travel challenge on Playwaze, sign up and log your journeys to be in with a chance of winning cycle kit including puncture repair kits and panniers.

Help shape our sustainability strategy

We invite all students and staff to join our events and the launch of the development of the university’s sustainability strategy. We will be hosting an event on each campus to gather views from staff and students on what you think should be included in the strategy. The informal drop-in sessions will provide the opportunity to discuss what the strategy could look like and meet members of the sustainability team.

Find out when the session is happening on your campus, along with our other events, and learn more about COP26 and its importance from our Resource Centre and events page.

What is the UK doing?

In June 2019 the UK Government set a net zero target for carbon emissions by 2050. This has been followed up with a Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener released on 19 October 2021. The plan includes policies and proposals to reduce emissions for each sector including power, fuel supply, heat and buildings, transport, investment, jobs and local climate action.

There is no doubt that delivering any plan will be challenging and questions are already being raised on how the plan will be funded, what tax implications there will be, how technology will be developed and if the transition to net-zero will be just and affordable.

Find out more about the plan on the GOV.UK website

End of term travel

For information on end of term travel during the Student Travel Window see the University of Brighton end of term webpage and Government advice webpages on student movement and safe travel.

Fees waived on rebooking advance tickets

The Government confirmed last week that students who had already booked train tickets to travel home for Christmas before the announcement of the student travel window can rebook their tickets to travel between 3 and 9 December without paying additional fees. More details are available here.  Change of journey fees waived for students travelling home for Christmas – GOV.UK (