Our vision is to be recognized worldwide as a leading university for inspiring learning, advancing information, and enriching society through the fusion of education, research and practice. Bournemouth University has more than 19,000 students and we are ranked as one of the top 100 young universities in the world (THE Young University Rankings 2020), but our ambition doesn’t stop there. I am immensely proud of the quality of the teaching at Bournemouth University. Our research shapes and changes the world around us, supplying solutions to real-world problems and informing the education we deliver. Our students are a key part of the research we conduct, co-creating information with us and playing a crucial role in everything that we do. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, 96% of our research was defined as internationally recognized or higher, with 72% deemed to have an outstanding or very considerable effect on society. We work entirely with employers, practitioners, and professional organizations across BU. This supports graduate employability as well as informing our research. All students are offered the option to undertake a placement as part of their degree, resulting in 86% of our graduates saying that their placement helped them in their employment (November 2017). 91% of Bournemouth University students are in work or further study six months after graduating at undergraduate level (Graduate Outcomes Data 2017/18). Our vision of Fusion brings together these three key elements of education, research, and practice, creating something which is greater than the sum of its parts. Through the effect of our research and education, and the contribution of our staff, students, and graduates, we are able to deliver the third aspect of our goal, to enrich society. Bournemouth University benefits from a wonderful location, situated between one of the UK’s newest national parks, officially the best beach in Britain (according to TripAdvisor, 2018) and the second-widest natural harbor in the world, with the World Heritage Jurassic Coast located nearby. Good transport links mean that London is only two hours away. Bournemouth University plays its part in this local economy, contributing over £1 million per day to the South West region. We employ around 1,800 staff and we are investing £250 million in our buildings, IT and facilities between 2012 and 2020. With all this activity comes to a responsibility to the environment and we are delighted to hold the EcoCampus platinum award for our work in making the university sustainable. From beehives to solar panels, free or subsidized bus journeys for staff and students, and a raft of other initiatives, we perpetually seek to increase our sustainable impact. Our strategic plan, BU2025, sets out our vision, values, and outcomes, with the Fusion of education, research, and practice at its heart. I hope you enjoy looking around our website, which gives a flavor of life here at Bournemouth University. I would encourage you to get in touch or come and visit us if you would like to find out more.
- Why BU?
Whatever your time with us has in store for you, it’ll be an exciting journey – from meeting lifelong friends in halls to your experience on placement, exploring the local area, or joining a club or society.
BU2025: our vision, values, and strategic plan
We are delighted to introduce Bournemouth University’s vision and strategic plan: BU2025. This is the next step in BU’s development, building on our success. We have retained the core of what makes BU different and the culture and approach that our students and staff value. Watch our animation and explore this section to find out more. You can also view our short film, BU2025: A New Vision.
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