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The most popular event of the year returns on Saturday 18th November, Xmas Revue! Taking place at the 02 academy in Boscombe, doors open at 7pm. Featuring a live sketch show from each year as well as the highly anticipated staff and clinic year videos, you'll be able to dance the rest of the night away with a live band and DJ set £10 a ticket.
Graduation ceremonies are held at the Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth and are a perfect opportunity to celebrate your achievements here at the AECC University College.
Congratulations on securing a place at the AECC University College. You are entering a great forward-thinking institute with so many opportunities and potential coming your way. I can assure you that your time here will be exciting, challenging and inspiring, as it has been for me. We cater for students of all ages at the college, from those who are recently out of school or returning from their gap-year, to those venturing into a new career. The challenges faced by students are different depending on where in their life path they are. For some, it may be the first time away from home (potentially in a different country), for others it may mean juggling studies with family commitments.
For those who are returning to full time education after a period away, this is always intimidating at first. As a mature student myself, I can assure you that you have joined an excellent institution with lots of support if needed. You will get support from your peers and will realise there are many other mature students who are or were in the same situation as you, so you won't be alone on your incredible journey.
The academic and professional services teams are very understanding and supportive. Whatever your circumstance, whatever your requirements, they are always willing to help – even if that means just someone to talk to.
The Students’ Union will support and advise you too, whether it’s how to cope with exam stresses or study skills, to getting to know Bournemouth and making the most of your time here. Unlike most universities, we are not sabbatical officers, and fit the Student Union duties around our studies. Our role is to serve you, the student. We aim to do this by improving all areas of the college life, ranging from hosting social events, to liaising with the faculty, to up-keep of the college gym and sports teams. Here, we like to work hard and play hard, and so we kick off the year with Freshers’ Week, a great opportunity to get to know your fellow students and the AECC staff. The friendships you form will see you through your time at the college.
We host lots of events throughout the year for you to get involved with, such as guardian night, Christmas Revue, themed nights and music events in our hub of social activity, the Toggler's Arms bar. You can take part in a diverse range of sports, social clubs and societies at the college, including Christian Union, music society and many more. The SU financially supports the clubs and societies and we are always enthusiastic if you have a new idea for a club or society. There are a number of different sports clubs at the AECC, both competitive and social, which include rugby, football, hockey, netball and handball. If you love keeping fit and healthy, you’ll enjoy making use of our college gym, climbing wall and sports hall on-site. Classes include Spin, Boot Camp, Back to Basic and various martial arts including Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Karate take place weekly.
We encourage students to explore and engage with different ideas that exist in our profession. Our Insight Club hosts regular talks giving a platform to learning, reflecting and debate. There is also the opportunity to join the World Congress of Chiropractic Students, to participate, meet and unite with other chiropractic students from every corner of the world.
Are you thinking about where to live? Many students at the AECC find accommodation in the local area. The SU provides help with finding accommodation and holds a database of properties and rooms to let. Most students find houses within a few minutes’ walk from the University College. The College also offers halls of residence just two miles from the college on a direct bus route (which offers great discounted student rates). The Halls are located within short walking distance to Bournemouth’s trendy shops, bars, restaurants and most importantly… the beach!
The SU has an open door policy and we are here to help you with every aspect of college life, with anything from a simple chat or query to support for an academic appeal. On behalf of the rest of the SU, we look forward to seeing you here soon!
Students’ Union President
Hello, I'm Kim and I'm the Social Rep on the Student Union. Not only is my job to organise parties throughout the year but also to organise your Freshers’ Week!
Congratulations, you've made it! What better way to celebrate your success than to throw yourself into a week of activities with your fellow freshers before starting your studies here at the AECC.
It all kicks off on Monday 11 September with your formal induction into the college during the day and big get together in our very own Toggler's arms bar that night. Other activities include Pub Golf, water activity day, beach day and start of term party just to name a few.
As AECC University College students, we work hard but we party hard too. Freshers’ Week will give you a taste of what is to come over the next few years for you. It will be the time where you make friends and memories to keep forever, so we recommend that you get involved as much as you can!
Two types of Freshers’ wristbands will be available to purchase -
SILVER - will entitle you to attend all of the events excluding the activity day.
GOLD - will entitle you to attend all of the events including activity day.
The water activity day involves team work. It is a traditional event that has been a part of the college’s Freshers’ Week for many years. It's the day that people make the most friends and actually remember the names of their friends too. So we highly recommend the gold wristband.
Freshers’ Week is a whole load of fun, however, there is some small print to it. You’ve got to remember that when you go out in the town, you are representing the college, so please drink responsibly and don't do anything too crazy.
If you don't feel like drinking, it’s not a problem, just let your marshal know. There’s plenty of non-drinking activities too, so please do come along and get involved.
If you just can't wait ‘til Freshers’ Week to meet your fellow colleagues, find them on Facebook by searching the group AECC FRESHERS 2017. I will be posting bulletins and updates regarding the events on there.
And finally, if you have any questions about Freshers’ Week 2017, the social life of the AECC University College or for any information about anything at all, please drop me an email.
See you soon,
Students’ Union Social Representative
The AECC UC calendar year is packed full of action. From Freshers’ Week to sports nights, Wellness Week to Christmas Revue, the Students’ Union works hard to make your time as fun and enjoyable as can be. Check out a list of key events;
Freshers’ Week— This is your chance to become integrated into University College life. The week is dedicated to getting to know you and you to know us. From meeting your tutors to joining clubs and societies, this week will also give you your first taste of the Bournemouth nightlife! See full itinerary.
Guardian night— A well-loved AECC tradition, you’ll sign up and then you’ll be hosted by a house of other AECC students for dinner. All groups meet up at a bar later on that night. Take along a bottle of your own choosing and get ready for one of the best nights of the year. A bit intimidated by the thought? Don’t be—this is a great chance to meet your University College peers, hear some fun stories, play games and get the inside scoop on experiences yet to come!
Wellness Week - Sports and activity play a big part in aiding wellbeing. This week of events promote and encourage students and staff to try out those activities they wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to. It’s completely free and there are plenty of opportunities for you to win amazing prizes. Last year’s event included a healthy food fair, dodgeball and belly dancing.
Sports Night— Held on a Wednesday night in the Toggler’s Arms, whether you are sporty or not, it’s great to get involved. Mid-week drinks and plenty of banter—what's not to like?
Your social rep will be putting together lots more social events at College, from fancy dress nights to neon raves. Social ideas are always welcome - speak to your social rep, Kim Dingwall, about any suggestions you might have.
Where can you find us?
The SU is can be found on the top floor of the main University College building.
(t) 01202 436293
Honorary members and Representatives
MChiro Year 0: Joachim Cook
MChiro Year 1: Cam Olive
BSc/MChiro Year 2: Robin Cassidy
BSc/MChiro Year 3: Hannah Douglas
MSc Year 1: Carmen Morgan
MSc Year 2: Laura Sedda
Academic year reps:
Access: Amelia Broe
MChiro Year 0: Shahin Babayiazar
MChiro Year 1: Hayley Biddle
MChiro/BSc Year 2: Jenny Beck
MChiro Year3: Hannah Fairris
BSc Year 3: Anya Dixon
MSc Year 1: Sam Leckie and Marc Sanders
MSc Year 2: Kathryn Snudden
UK - TBC
Iceland - Ardis Birgisdottir
Germany - Roman Sbresny
Spain - Jessica Lee
Denmark - Natalia Poulsen
Belgium - Emilie Claerbout
Switzerland & Lichtenstein - Raphaela Dasser
Netherlands - TBC
Norway - Marion Jansen
Canada - Michael Blaauw
Sweden - Caroline Svenhage
Finland - TBC
Romania - Adela Giuvara
Italy - Luisanna Cuiti
UAE - Lucas Pinder
Malaysia - Iva Marsoh
France - TBC
Hong Kong & China - Eric (Chun Sun) Yeung