Bournemouth University

Annual Review 2014

Festival fun at BU


Thousands visited BU this summer to enjoy the activities on offer and see the talent on display.

Festival season hit BU in style this summer, with thousands of people enjoying the Festival of Learning and Festival of Design and Innovation.

With more than 150 free public events running from 9-15 June, this year’s Festival of Learning had something for everyone – with events ranging from weird and wonderful food tasting to professional development opportunities and fun sporting activities.

There were over 4,000 visits to Festival events at BU’s campuses and locations across Dorset, with positive feedback from many attendees – including David Willetts MP, then Minister for Universities and Science, who officially opened the Festival of Learning.

In its second year, and a flagship regional event for Universities Week, the Festival of Learning was a great chance to showcase the best of BU to the community – sharing the wealth of knowledge and expertise within the university and demonstrating how work done here can impact on lives around the world.

BU students also had the chance to showcase their skills, knowledge and talent during the Festival of Design and Innovation, which ran from 20–23 June.

190 students from across six Design, Engineering and Creative Technology courses exhibited their final year projects – with everything from a tunnel-boring machine to an eco-shower and indicator light system for bikes on display.

The Festival of Design and Innovation attracted over 500 visitors – including industry representatives and talent scouts – as well as groups from four local schools, inspiring the next generation of potential budding designers.

This year a record 18 students from BU also went on to exhibit their work at the prestigious New Designers Festival – with Product Design student Graham Friend winning the Proctor and Gamble Award for his Skypouch design, which aims to make air travel more comfortable for babies and their parents during flights.

What they said...

It’s so important to get members of the public visiting universities. Because there are lots of people who don’t quite know what happens on a university campus, it’s important to build good relations between the university and the wider community and having thousands of people coming into Bournemouth University, because of the range of activities available at the Festival – that’s a great idea!

The Rt Hon David Willetts

This is a great Festival, well done. Having only moved to the area recently this was a great way to see the university, very impressive

Pat Edwards
Member of the public

I am extremely proud to have supported colleagues to develop an initiative which demonstrates BU's commitment to public engagement. The Festival offers so many free activities and brings our academic community closer to the local area. I have been overwhelmed by positive feedback from members of the public and our staff.

Emily Loring
Events Coordinator (Festival of Learning)

I think this event is a great idea and can help anyone from children to the elderly with their learning or even making new friends”

Heidi Wright
Member of the public

Over 4000 visits were made to this year’s Festival of Learning activities on campus and across the region, which was great to see. Feedback from the local public has been extremely positive and a wealth of new connections and partnerships with local organisations and individuals have been formed. We have received recognition from both regional and national educational bodies which further supports BU’s commitment to public engagement through events such as the Festival of Learning.

Barry Squires
Festival of Learning Manager and Research Development Officer for Public Engagement

Love it! Great range of topics to visit

Liz Davies
Member of the public

I think this event is a really good idea. I found it all extremely interesting and all the staff/student volunteers were so friendly and helpful

Lynne Andrew
Member of the public

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