Bournemouth University2014 League Table Ranking 59
2014 Overall Score 616
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- Bournemouth University's origins can be traced to the early 1900s with the foundation of the former Bournemouth Municipal College.
- The University's modern history began in 1976 with the opening of the Dorset Institute of Higher Education.
- In 1990, the Dorset Institute was re-designated Bournemouth Polytechnic and later became Bournemouth University in 1992.
Location and transport
- The University lies at the heart of Southern England largest non-industrial conurbation – between the New Forest and Jurassic Coast.
- The two campuses, in Poole and Bournemouth, are served by excellent dedicated bus services.
- University centres in Yeovil and Portsmouth and partner colleges in Bridgwater, Yeovil, Bournemouth and Poole, Salisbury, and Weymouth.
- London is two hours by rail and excellent road links lead to destinations in the South and West.
We welcome applications from students with a wide range of qualifications. Each course has specific entry requirements which are detailed at www.bournemouth.ac.uk/courses.
- More than 18,000 students are enrolled on courses across undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.
- More than 1,200 international students representing some 120 countries study at the University.
- The ratio of females to males is 53:47 amongst the full-time undergraduate population.
- Bournemouth is committed to developing students as self-motivated, independent, lifelong learners, empowered to make significant contributions in their careers.
- From 2012 onwards, Bournemouth is offering every student on an undergraduate course the opportunity to undertake some form of work placement.
- Some part-time undergraduate options are available and a number of short courses can be combined to create postgraduate qualifications in a range of subjects.
- The University is using modern technology to provide opportunities to study from home or the workplace or come into the University for only limited periods to pursue academic activities.
- BU’s ethos is to focus on a fusion of excellent education, research and professional practice. See http://2018.bournemouth.ac.uk.
- The UK's only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, and the award-winning National Centre for Computer Animation are both based at the University.
- BU is also home to recognised Centres of Excellence in Tourism, the Environment, Postgraduate Medical Research and Education, Executive Education and Forensics.
- The University achieved the highest grading possible for its quality standards in teaching (Quality Assurance Agency audit 2008).
- Bournemouth University has more full-time undergraduate students on a sandwich course than any other English, Welsh and Scottish Universities (HESA), and 70% do work placements. The result is that 90.1% of BU graduates were either employed or in further study in 2009–10 six months after graduation
- In recent years, Bournemouth University has recruited nearly 200 new academics who are fully engaged with their subjects through education, research, professional practice and knowledge exchange.
- A large number of BU academics have participated in the University’s Releasing Potential programme – the UK's largest research development scheme for academics.
- Bournemouth University emerged from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise as the fourth most improved university in the UK for the quality of its research.
- The BU Media School, recognised as a Skillset Media Academy, is the largest centre of professional higher education for the media industries in the UK.
- The School of Tourism is recognised as a global leader in Tourism, Leisure, Hospitality and Retail.
- The School of Health and Social Care leads the South West for nursing, midwifery and social work.
- In 2012, BU was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for world-leading excellence and pioneering development in computer animation. This award is the education equivalent of the UK national honours system and is bestowed upon the institution by Her Majesty, The Queen, for a period of four years.
Student facilities, including library and computing
- BU is home to the 'best large library' in the UK, according to the Society of College, National and University Libraries.
- The University's Library Service is a recognised leader in exploiting new technology and developing myBU, a fast-growing virtual learning environment.
- Specialist labs and facilities include a unique forensics crime house and the UK's first University-based Sony HD TV studio.
- The Students' Union (SUBU) is the voice for students, providing confidential advice and representation on many issues.
- BU Summerball was officially the largest university summer ball in the UK last year.
- SUBU is the central hub for clubs, societies as well as our student-run media outlet – Nerve* magazine, TV and radio. Find out more at www.nervemedia.org.uk.
- It manages shops and bars on both campuses including the student night club, the Old Fire Station.
- sportBU provides a broad range of opportunities for you to get involved in sports and physical activity whilst at Bournemouth University.
- In 2012 the University invested in a complete refurbishment of the gym suite including the addition of a new multi-purpose large studio.
- sportBU offers comprehensive sports scholarships to support talented athletes.
- Students can also access excellent local clubs and facilities through our wide range of partnerships.
Recent/prospective new builds
- New investment in accommodation and academic space is helping to create the best environment for personal and professional development.
- Some 700 new places in student halls opened in the last two years (Chesil House and Dorset House), and 300 more will open soon.
- Major refurbishment to main buildings means added social learning spaces and massive improvements to the Bournemouth student experience.
- Other recent developments include Kimmeridge House – a new suite of lecture theatres which includes a 310-seater with digital audio visual equipment, enabling the highest quality imaging and a surround sound system.
Availability of part-time work
- Leisure and tourism are the leading industries in Bournemouth, which is reflected in the abundance of part-time jobs available year round.
- The Students' Union hires many students and employment agencies assist in finding office-based work with hours to suit.
- The University’s Graduate Employment Service provides information on job vacancies and employment opportunities – both short- and long-term.
- Angela Browning – Member of Parliament.
- Rebecca Huxtable – assistant producer of The Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1.
- Dan O'Hagan – commentator, BBC Match of the Day.
- Gary Taphouse – commentator, Football First on Sky Sports.
- Reza Dehghani – founder of Criminal Clothing.
- Karl Neilson – television director.
- David Amess – Member of Parliament for Southend West.
- Andrew Lockley – Oscar winner for Inception.
- Tommy Sandhu – presenter, BBC Asian Network.
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