Bournemouth University

Annual Review 2014

BU Community

Student Demographics

44% Male
Female 56%

Full Time: 76%
Part Time: 24%




67%First Degree

19%Other Undergraduate


Partner institution students: 2,169

UK students from within a 50 mile radius: 38%

Staff Demographics

Total number of fixed term and permanent staff as of July 2014 1529.

640 Academic

889 Professional &

42% Male

58% Female

15% Overseas

1,190 Full-time

326 Part-time

Honorary Graduates for 2013

At the 2013 Award Ceremonies we welcomed the following people into the BU community as Honorary Graduates.

Dr Peter Wilson MBE
Doctor of Arts

Dr Helena Lucas MBE
Doctor of Arts

Professor Alice Roberts
Doctor of Science

Dr Kenneth Vall
Doctor of Education

Dr Eddie Bullock
Doctor of Business Administration

Dr David Alred MBE
Doctor of Education

Dr Michael Vlasto OBE
Doctor of Technology

Professor John Tulloch
Doctor of Letters

BU community projects

Across the university, staff and students have been embracing the principles of fusion through collaborative work in the community.

They have been sharing ideas, knowledge and expertise with people and organisations across the region on creative and research-based projects that make an impact. Here are just a few of those projects that show what makes BU so special.

Seen But Seldom Heard

‘Seen But Seldom Heard’ is a collaborative research project aimed at challenging the public perceptions of disability.

Dr Carrie Hodges and her team in BU’s Media School and Wendy Cutts and Dr Lee-Ann Fenge from the School of Health & Social Care, have partnered with Victoria Education Centre and Sports College on the research. Through workshops and events, the project enables young disabled people to explore their experiences of disability through creative methods including writing and poetry performances.

I wanted to express my story and show people that disability isn’t all about the wheelchair. [The most important thing about the project was] that we all got our individual voices heard…everyone deserves a say.

Participating student, Victoria Education Centre and Sports College

The BUDI orchestra

An innovative project has brought together professional musicians with local dementia patients and their carers. Members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) collaborated with Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) on a project aimed at helping those with dementia learn, or relearn, how to play musical instruments. The BUDI orchestra project resulted in a one-of-a-kind public performance from the BSO musicians and people with dementia blending singing, body percussion and playing instruments. The orchestra plans to continue rehearsing together and are planning future performances thanks to funding from the Dorset Legacy Fund.

It's been a pleasure to be involved in the BUDI orchestra. Getting to know these wonderful people and being able to make music together has been a very rewarding and moving experience. Music makes a real connection and being able to witness the blossoming of confidence in everyone both individually and as an ensemble makes it a very worthwhile project.

John Murphy, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Musician

BU Dorset Shrievalty Awards

Sponsored by the Office of the High Sheriff of Dorset, the ‘BU Dorset Shrievalty Award’ celebrates the accomplishments of students working on a chosen local community project that allows collaboration with stakeholders to make a difference.

The award, which is in its third year, forms part of the BU Student Development Award and enables students to develop experience in the community.

The Shrievalty Award will give me the opportunity to make genuine contacts, which will help make my career aspirations a reality, while working with some really inspirational people on great projects. I’ve set myself big goals to achieve in life, and I believe this award is a proactive step in achieving those goals.

Leroy-Winston Scott, BU Dorset Shrievalty Award student

Student and Staff Achievements

  • Four BA (Hons) Advertising students, Laura Merchan McAulay, Florence Evans, Cameron Black and Marta Cownburn Cuesta, won Ad Venture, a European-wide advertising competition, organised by the European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA).
  • Pioneering work on health lifestyles and nutrition led to a £134,000 Burdett Trust grant for Dr Jane Murphy, Associate Professor in the School of Health & Social Care.
  • 60 Media School graduates worked on Oscar-winning film Gravity – prompting praise from Prime Minister David Cameron on the excellence of BU’s visual effects courses.
  • At New Designers 2014, Product Design student Graham Friend won the Procter & Gamble Award for Exemplary Design with Skypouch, a product designed to support babies during air travel.

Graham Friend Sky Pouch

  • Professor in Accounting Stella Fearnley received a lifetime achievement award from the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA).
  • Four undergraduate students from three different schools won a national enterprise award. Lauren England, Mark Trubetskoy, Aleksandrs Pereversevs and Glebs Kiselovs produced a creative marketing and PR campaign called Thanks to Mothers to win this year’s ‘Rise to’ Challenge.
  • The winner of the International PhD Student Competition 2013 was Barbara Neuhofer. She presented her winning paper, ‘The experience economy of the 21st century: innovation through technology-enhanced tourism experiences’ at a conference at the University of South Australia.
  • The prestigious Celia Brackenridge Prize was awarded to Emma Kavanagh, Lecturer in Sport Psychology and Coaching Sciences, for the best emerging presenter at the Brunel International Research Network for Athlete Welfare (BIRNAW) Symposium at Brunel University.
  • The Bournemouth University Boat Club was named NUS Sports Club of the Year for their charitable accomplishments and dedication.
  • The Big Dig hit international headlines this year after the discovery of five Roman skeletons. The unique find was uncovered by archaeology students and staff at the Winterborne Kingston dig, and could change how we view the history of Romans in Britain.

Big Dig Skull

  • More than 200 students from The Media School provided coverage of the US Presidential and Congressional election day contest. The team, a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate students, reported live across a variety of mediums including TV, radio, the web, and social media. Their reports featured commentary from student journalists at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and political pundits from The Guardian and The University of California, Berkley.


BU retained the EcoCampus Gold Award in 2014, one of only 21 higher education institutions in the UK to achieve this award, after demonstrating it operated in a sustainable manner - including having a robust environmental management programme in place.

Our facilities

Cutting-edge facilities

The Student Centre

Investing in BU

Over the last year BU has continued to invest millions in improving facilities and services across both campuses.

  • Work began in summer 2014 on a £22m academic space on Talbot Campus, due for completion in 2016
  • A new student centre which will be home to student support services and the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU) will be completed in spring 2015
  • An additional £3m has been invested in improvements and refurbishments to buildings on both campuses
  • New services contracts for catering, security and cleaning have been awarded in 2013/14, valued at £3.4m per year
  • Capital investments were assisted by major donors, including donations from The Garfield Weston Foundation.


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