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 (www.gov.uk)

Share your sustainability tips on our pinboard!

As the university goes virtual this term, we’re inviting students and staff to share their top tips for being sustainable at home and in your daily lives.

Check out the virtual pinboard, created by Nicola a student on the Falmer Campus, and add your tips and ideas – big or small. Together all our actions will contribute to reducing our environmental impact and creating a more sustainable world.

Sustainability tips pinboard

Snapshot Travel Survey – Surveyors wanted!

Each year the university carries out a snapshot travel survey to better understand how university users are getting to our campuses. This also allows us to gather data which is used to help develop travel facilities and infrastructure, and we are also required to carry out the survey to meet planning requirements and those from the Office for Students (OfS) 

To carry out the survey we require surveyors to be positioned across our campuses to ask university users a set of questions, regarding their travel habits. This is a paid position and is vital for helping us gather the data we need. 

Please see the details below regarding the role and complete the form to register your interest in being a surveyor. 

Role: Snapshot Travel Survey Surveyor.  

When? Week commencing 24 February 2020. Surveyors are needed throughout the week for 7.5 hour shifts 08.00 – 15.30. Surveyors must be available for at least two 7.5 hour shifts during the week.  

Pay: £10 an hour (grade 3) 

Working details: Surveyors will be required to approach people coming onto campus to ask them a set of questions regarding their travel habits. Working hours are 08.00 – 15.30 and the surveys will be carried out across all campuses during the week, so surveyors may be required to work at a number of campuses during the week. Travel expenses to a campuses that is not your usual place of study will be reimbursed. 

Surveyors will also be required to use their own smart mobile device (phone/tablet/iPad) to collect the survey responses via an online form.  

Full training will be provided and surveyors must be available for this on Tuesday 18 February, at either Moulsecoomb 11.00-12.00 or Eastbourne 14.00 -15.00 

Due to a very high number of applications being received, we are no longer accepting applications. Thank you for your interest. 

#TravelFest – free bike maintenance, pop up bike shop & cycle safety demonstration

Find out about your sustainable travel options, buy a second hand bike and learn about cycle safety from East Sussex Fire and Rescue at #TravelFest !!

When? Friday 11 October 11:00 – 14:00

Where? Cockcroft Hall, Quad and outside the AEB building, Moulsecoomb Campus

What? 

  • Pop up second hand bike shop from the Brighton Bike Hub, in the Cockcroft Quad – bikes for sale £30 – £150
  • Cycle Safety Demonstration with East Sussex Fire & Rescue outside the AEB – sit in a lorry to view the blindspots & learn where to position yourself on the road & talk to Firefighters about road safety
  • Travel information stalls in Cockcroft Hall from: B&H Buses, BTN Bikes, UB1, Evans Cycle, Trainsplit, Sussex Community Rail Partnership, Sport Brighton & c-change
  • Free bike maintenance check 11:00 – 14:00, Cockcroft Quad

There’s also a wealth of travel information on our c-change sustainable travel pages.

Free Dr Bikes (bike maintenance checks):

There will also be free bike maintenance checks at our other campuses during the week. Bring your bike along for a free maintenance check from Bike For Life South at the following times and locations:

Tuesday 8 October 2019, 11:00 – 14:00 Falmer campus, outside the Checkland Building

Thursday 10 October 2019, 11:00 – 14:00 City Campus, Grand Parade main building quad

Friday 11 October 2019, 11:00 – 14:00 Moulsecoomb Campus, Cockcroft Quad

Free bike maintenance sessions

Free 2 hour bike maintenance sessions

We’re offering free bike maintenance sessions to University of Brighton staff and students as part of Get Moving Brighton Week 29 April – 3 May 2019.

Learn how to look after your bike throughout the year in a free basic bike maintenance session. You’ll learn now to complete a safety check of your bike, fix tyre punctures and much more.

When & where? 

— Tuesday 30 April 17.30 – 19.30
Moulsecoomb, Cockcroft quad (AEB foyer if wet)

— Thursday 2 May 17.30 – 19.30
City Campus, Grand Parade main building restaurant

This event is free for students and staff but spaces are limited. Participants will also receive a free high-vis back pack cover or puncture repair kit.

If you’d like to attend please visit reserve a place via our event page: https://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/sustainability/c-change/cycling/bike-maintenance-sessions