Bournemouth University (BU) has an outstanding international reputation. The awarding winning film Interstellar won a BAFTA (February 2015) for Best Special Visual Effects, and went on to win an Oscar in the 2015 Academy Awards; the production team included several graduates from BU.
BU continues to develop as a centre of excellence for its 17,000 students and over 1600 staff (the Talbot Campus itself hosts 14,000 students, with the remainder based at Lansdowne). BU activities (including staff and students) contribute nearly £252m annually to the local economies of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and almost £362m for the South West as a whole – If capital spending is included this amounts to more than £1m per day*.
Latest News - May 2016
Following strong local suppot through a public consultation in early 2016, BU are preparing to submit an Outline Planning Application for the new Poole Gateway Building, to enhance the entrance to the Talbot Campus. This will provide specialist facilities for the renowned Faculties of Media and Communication, and Science and Technology, on an attractive 'visual' gateway' to the Campus.
Full Planning Applications will also be made for the new Link Road off Boundary Roundabout providing access to the University and Talbot Village, a Bus Hub to help relieve pressure of queues on Fern Barrow, and an extension to the 'park and stride' car park at Talbot Village. More details can be found on the BU Estates Bulletin and the Borough of Poole website in due course.
In 2013 BU students and their visiting friends and families spent over £114m in the local conurbation and more than £128m in the South West Region*. BU created 1,390 FTE jobs in 2013 within Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and when the secondary effects are included this rises to 2,111 FTEs throughout all sectors of the local conurbation. Just under one FTE job is supported in the local conurbation for every 7.4 students. (*Based on 2013 Economic Impact study by Professor John Fletcher)
The University is clearly a significant force in the local economy.
In 2012 BU adopted a new Strategic Plan entitled BU2018, to respond to major changes in the Higher Education sector. BU has developed a clear vision for the future that aims to differentiate it from its major competitors, and ensure that the University continues to attract high numbers of students. This strategy builds on the University’s reputation, links with industry, and aims to create and deliver an outstanding student experience.
Bournemouth University's standard of research has been recognised as “world leading” in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) announced in December 2014. The REF assesses the quality and impact of UK higher education institutions’ research in all disciplines and the results are used to allocate research funding for universities and colleges from next year.
In December 2014, Bournemouth University received funding of £5 million to help support the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching facilities. The funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will go towards the flagship academic building currently under construction. On hearing the announcement, Vince Cable, the then Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “Inspiring young people to take up STEM courses is vital to the success of the UK economy. This investment will mean world-class teaching facilities to build tomorrow's skilled workforce. It's just one way we are ensuring the UK remains a world leader in science and research.”
BU2018 aims to deliver a new vision to accord with the significance of Bournemouth University across the region, nationally and internationally.
It recognises the following key factors:
- To enhance the University’s identity at the Talbot Campus providing a competitive image on the national higher education scene, and to enhance the highly regarded reputation for excellence they currently enjoy in the following fields: The Faculty of Management, The Faculty of Media and Communication, the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences;
- To provide a coherent estates strategy for the campus, by better use of existing space, the redevelopment of out-dated buildings and reinvestment to provide a stimulating modern setting and environment for the students and highly regarded professional staff.
- The Talbot Campus will offer a greener parkland setting and the Lansdowne site, an urban counterpart, each complementing the other.
- The Strategy Plan BU2018 will deliver three major new buildings at the Talbot Campus. (1) The new Student Centre with Students Union, open access study spaces and social learning facilities was completed in April 2015 and is now open. (2) Fusion Building 1 (FB1) will provide 5,800m2 of academic space, catering and shared teaching spaces, to complete in September 2016. (3) A new faculty building (FB2), providing a further 5,600m2 of academic accommodation and shared teaching spaces, to complete in September 2019/20.
- Student numbers will slightly increase, but the public realm, open space and quality of space per student will be significantly enhanced.
For further information see the Bournemouth University website.