SSHH: Stay Silent, Head Home

The students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) has teamed up with various local groups to launch a new community campaign to end the university term. ‘SSHH’ carries a dual message, both of which are related to the night time economy and the need to stay safe and respect the community.

Community Relations has been high on SUBU’s agenda over the last few years. One of the main issues has been late night noise made by students as they move to and from Bournemouth town. The disturbances made by Taxis has also been a frustration for local residents and SUBU is pleased to confirm that as part of SSHH, United Taxis one of the largest providers of student taxis, has agreed to sign a pledge stating their commitment to reducing the noise made by late night taxis. This will include a vow to park responsibly, not beep horns after 8pm, and to turn engines off whilst waiting for students to get in and out. SUBU will also be holding two community litter picks during the duration of the campaign.

The dates chosen were identified as the days after peak student activity and days when bins have been emptied and subsequently may be left out on pavements. As such, the most popular roads occupied by students will be targeted as advised by local residents.

Following a few incidences involving sexual attacks on students, SUBU will be communicating the key messages of Operation Protect – A campaign by Dorset Police to highlight awareness of alcohol related sexual attacks. SUBU will have a late night presence at its own nightclub The Old Fire Station handing out water and information to students as they leave. It is hoped the Bournemouth Safe Bus will also be available to transport students at busy periods.

Campaign Schedule

  • Thursday March 22nd, 2-4pm: Community Litter pick. Starting at the top of Frederica Road and moving through Stanfield, Sedgely and Firs Glen. All are welcome to join.
  • Thursday March 22nd, approx 2:30pm: Pledge signing by United Taxis on Frederica Road.
  • Friday 23rd , 11am-2pm: Silent Disco in Bournemouth University Atrium, Sharing print material with students and creating awareness of the campaign in a creative way.
  • Friday 23rd, 11pm-3am: Presence at The Old Fire Station night club, handing out free water and information to students encouraging them to get home safely and quietly. The safe bus will be in operation.
  • Tuesday 27th, 11pm-3am: Same as above.
  • Friday 30th, 11pm – 3am: Same as above
  • Saturday 31st, 2-4pm: Community Litter pick. Starting at the top of Frederica Road.