Bournemouth University


Our university has come a long way in a short amount of time and we currently have more than 17,000 students of which 1,500 are international students from around 130 countries.

We have a strong professional orientation with a focus on academic excellence and graduate employability. By way of illustration, we are recognised as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK and graduates from the National Centre for Computer Animation have worked in Hollywood on such films as Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Star Wars, Madagascar and King Kong. Areas of research expertise include forensic archaeology and crime scene science in which, for example, staff are currently investigating genocide in Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Rwanda and the implications of unearthing 40,000-year-old human footprints in central Mexico.

Bournemouth University is at the heart of the largest non-industrial conurbation in Europe. It is in a wonderful location sandwiched between the UK’s newest national park, best beaches, and largest natural harbour. It is home to a major financial services sector (JP Morgan Chase, Nationwide Building Society, and Liverpool Victoria among others) as well as having the largest concentration of language schools outside London and many national headquarters including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Sunseeker International.

Bournemouth is world renowned as an international conference centre and plays host to major academic, professional and, of course, political conferences. It also offers one of the largest exhibition and entertainment venues on the south coast.

The university is a powerful player in the economic and cultural life of South West England. We are at the hub of a network of educational, business and local government partners and also played our part in the region’s preparations for the 2012 Olympics.

Bournemouth University has an excellent reputation among students, their parents and staff in colleges and schools. And, since my arrival in September 2005, we have strengthened this reputation and have considered what Bournemouth University should be like in the future. As a result, many exciting changes are now in train. In particular, we are building on our strengths, while developing new professionally relevant areas, investing more than £100 million in staff and facilities, and reorganising to maintain our focus on academic excellence.

I hope you enjoy your virtual ‘Bournemouth Experience’.

Professor John Vinney

Our people

We believe our people are our most valuable asset. Every day, we encourage them to challenge the world around them and change it in a positive way.

More than 2,000 people work every day to make BU a happy, healthy and welcoming environment in which our students can thrive and where academic excellence and research prosper. Whether it’s our University Executive Team or our 1,150 academic staff, everyone strives to build on BU’s record of success and innovation.

Our faculties

All our courses and academic research are run by our four faculties: Health & Social Sciences; Management; Media & Communication; and Science & Technology.

Faculty of Health & Social Sciences

Departments: Human Sciences & Public Health | Nursing & Clinical Sciences | Social Sciences & Social Work

Faculty of Management

Departments: Bournemouth University Business School (including the departments of: Accounting, Finance & Economics; Leadership, Strategy & Organisations; Marketing) | Events & Leisure | Sport & Physical Activity | Tourism & Hospitality

Faculty of Media & Communication

Departments: Corporate & Marketing Communications | Journalism, English & Communications | Law | Media Production | National Centre for Computer Animation

Faculty of Science & Technology

Departments: Archaeology, Anthropology & Forensic Science | Computing & Informatics | Creative Technology | Design & Engineering | Life & Environmental Sciences | Psychology

Vision and values

BU2018: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring
Our vision builds on BU’s current success to create a distinctive offer based on academic excellence underpinned by service excellence. At the heart is the powerful fusion of research, education and professional practice, creating a unique academic experience in which the sum is greater than the component parts. To achieve this we combine inspirational teaching, world-class research and the latest thinking in the professions to create a continuous and fruitful exchange of knowledge that stimulates new ideas, learning, and thought-leadership.

Strategic Plan 2012-18

Following the launch of BU’s new Vision & Values, BU2018: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring last summer, all staff and students were invited to help us shape the strategies that will support and underpin our vision. The strategies are based on four key themes: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring; Finance; People; and Environment.

The key points of the plan are:

  • At the heart of BU will be a powerful fusion of research, education and professional practice, creating a unique academic experience in which the sum is greater than the component parts. Fusion will be the key differentiator of BU, and this will inform and shape our marketing strategy.
  • We will invest in the delivery of Fusion through the establishment of an annual £3 million Fusion Investment Fund. The fund will support a range of practical initiatives that will underpin and deliver Fusion.
  • Areas of focus will include encouraging staff and students to work together to co-create and co-produce knowledge and research; driving excellent teaching and pedagogic innovation; improving staff and student mobility and networking; aligning our research themes to societal need; and increasing our share of the de-regulated higher education market (students entering with AAB and above or equivalent at A-level, international and postgraduate students).



Bournemouth University,
Fern Barrow

BH12 5BB Poole, England, United Kingdom