Bournemouth University (BU) was founded in 1992 with the objective to deliver a traditional focus on professional courses. But the institution started its days way back in the early 1900s as Bournemouth Municipal College. The university’s modern history dates back to the 1970s when it became the Bournemouth College of Technology and then the Dorset Institute of Higher Education in 1976. It was redesignated Bournemouth Polytechnic in 1990 before becoming BU two years later.
Courses and Teaching
The University has two sites – Talbot Campus in Poole and the Lansdowne Campus in the town centre, split into four faculties – Science and Technology, Media and Communication, Health and Social Sciences and Management.
More than 18,000 students are enrolled on courses across undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees, with over 2,000 international students representing some 100 countries. The university offers 782 different courses and its most popular are in the fields of journalism, health and social care and archaeology.
The university’s Media School Department, recognised as a Skillset Media Academy, has an excellent reputation and is well known throughout the UK. It is the largest centre of professional higher education for the media industries in the UK.
BU has made a name for itself in the fields of business and research and is home to the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) and the National Centre for Computer Animation.
The university has twice been a finalist for the most prized award in UK higher education – the Times Higher Education Awards for University of the Year in 2009 and 2014. BU bagged the coveted prize for outstanding digital innovation in teaching or research in 2015.
In 2012 Bournemouth University became one of the few universities in the UK to offer each undergraduate student the opportunity to undertake a professional placement. The university utilises ARC – an online placement management system that helps to allocate students to placements across a range of disciplines.
This gives students a head start in their careers and can often give them an edge in a highly competitive graduate jobs market. Ultimately, Bournemouth University has displayed a commitment to helping students to develop as self-motivated, independent, lifelong learners who excel in a range of disciplines.
Bournemouth has over 12km of golden beaches as well as mix of great mainstream shops, cafés and trendy bars. The town has a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere and the university’s bars offer cheap prices. Needless to say, the university accommodates an impressive social scene that appeals to students who’re living away from home for the first time.
The university’s primary campus is located in Poole, which is smaller than neighbouring Bournemouth, however, it is a popular destination for those who enjoy water sports such as wind surfing.
The Students’ Union plays a significant role in student life at Bournemouth with over 60 societies and clubs. Various volunteering opportunities are also available and the Students’ Union runs a media centre which incorporates a radio and TV station. The union provides students with a wealth of opportunities to embrace their interests and passions alongside their studies.