Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University
Bournemouth University
Motto Discere Mutari Est
Motto in English "To Learn is to Change"
Established 1992
Type Public
Endowment £2.4 million[1]
Chancellor Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers
Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney
Students 17,502[2]
Undergraduates 14,380[2]
Postgraduates 2,022[2]
Location Poole and Bournemouth, Dorset, England
50°44′36″N 1°53′49″W / 50.743213°N 1.896901°W / 50.743213; -1.896901Coordinates: 50°44′36″N 1°53′49″W / 50.743213°N 1.896901°W / 50.743213; -1.896901


Talbot Campus (primary campus)

Lansdowne Campus
Affiliations University Alliance

Bournemouth University is a university in and around the large south coast town of Bournemouth, UK (although its main campus is actually situated in neighbouring Poole). It has several well respected (John Kimble, 1999) departments including The School of Applied Sciences (which focuses upon Archaeology, Anthropology, Geography and Forensic Sciences), The School of Health and Social Care, The School of Tourism, The Business School, School of Design, Engineering & Computing and The Media School.

The reputed Bournemouth Media School[3] is recognised as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice.[4]

BU was a finalist for two of the most coveted prizes in UK higher education – the 2009 Times Higher Education (THE) Awards for ‘University of the Year’ and ‘Research Project of the Year’ for the archaeological examination of early human footprints conducted by professor Matthew Bennett in the School of Applied Sciences.

Traditionally known for its focus on professional courses, in the 2000s Bournemouth University invested in research to underpin its curriculum and maximise its contribution to the regional and national economies[5]; the University already has a variety of specialist research groups including The Market Research Group.[6]

The Library at Bournemouth University has won two national awards: in 2007 the Library Design Award of the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) for a large university;[7] and in 2009 the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award for "Outstanding Library Team".[8]

The university's heraldic motto is Discere Mutari Est (To Learn is to Change).



Bournemouth University Crest
  • Bournemouth Municipal College
  • 1970s Bournemouth College of Technology
  • September 1976 Dorset Institute of Higher Education
  • 1990 Bournemouth Polytechnic
  • 27 November 1992 Bournemouth University

Support for alternative medicine

The university validates courses in chiropractic for the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, an associate college of Bournemouth University.[9]


Main entrance on the Talbot Campus

Bournemouth University has two campuses: Talbot Campus and Lansdowne Campus. They offer 782 different courses.

Talbot Campus

50°44′36″N 1°53′49″W / 50.743213°N 1.896901°W / 50.743213; -1.896901

The Talbot Campus is situated at Fern Barrow on the Poole side of the boundary with Bournemouth. It is where the main University buildings are located, including the students' union and the main library. The campus also contains cafes and refectories, Dylan's and The Loft bars, a doctors' surgery, shop and a branch of Santander.

Lansdowne Campus

50°43′22″N 1°51′53″W / 50.722647°N 1.8646°W / 50.722647; -1.8646

The Landsdowne Campus is just outside Bournemouth's town centre, housing six teaching and administrative buildings, the students' union nightclub and various halls of residence located around Christchurch Road, Oxford Road and Holdenhurst Road. Unlike Talbot, Lansdowne is not a self-contained campus..

Halls of Residence

University accommodation is divided among eight halls of residence:

  • Cranborne House – situated on Lansdowne Road near the Lansdowne Campus.
  • Purbeck House – on Oxford Road near the Lansdowne Campus, opposite Cranborne House.
  • Student Village – 54 houses of up to seven bedrooms adjacent to the Talbot Campus.
  • Hurn House – on Christchurch Road in the centre of the Lansdowne Campus.
  • Corfe House – a block of five and six bedroom flats situated in Poole town centre.
  • Lyme Regis House – A newly built halls of residence built by the university next to the newly built Executive Business Centre at Lansdowne.
  • Okeford House – a privately-owned residence in Winton, between the Talbot and Lansdowne Campuses.[10]
  • Abbotsbury House – for nursing students.
  • Chesil House – Newly built accommodation situated near the Lansdowne Campus that compromises of 210 rooms and 24 fully self-contained apartments dedicated to postgraduate students


Bournemouth University is currently divided into the following schools:

  • The School of Applied Sciences (Archaeology, Anthropology, Geography and Forensic Sciences)
  • The Media School – home to the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, the National Centre for Computer Animation and the Centre for Broadcasting History Research[11]
  • The School Design, Engineering & Computing – home to the Festival of Design & Innovation[12]
  • The Business School
  • The School of Health and Social Care
  • The School of Tourism – home to the International Centre for Tourism & Hospitality Research


Overall UK University Rankings
2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993
Times Good University Guide 59th 58th[13] 57th=[13] 62nd=[14] 69th[15] 85th 83rd[16] 82nd 80th 83rd[17] 90th 90th 96th 96th 90th 88th= 87th= 81st= 90th
Guardian University Guide 38th 32nd[18] 37th[19] 48th[20] 80th 76th 37th 66th
The Complete University Guide 55th[21] 54th[22] 56th=[23] 66th[24]
The Daily Telegraph 66th 69th
FT 92nd 95th[25] 97th[26] 97th[27]
Sunday Times University Guide 67th[28] 68th=[13] 65th[13] 69th[29] 64th[29] 66st[30] 75th[30] 72nd 69th[31] 77th[31] 72nd[32] 85th=[31] 78th[31]

Notable alumni

Honorary doctorates

Honorary doctorates have been awarded to:


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  6. ^ "The Market Research Group". Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  7. ^ "Bournemouth's Octagon takes top award at library design 'Oscars'". SCONUL. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
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  25. ^ "FT league table 2001". FT league tables 2001. 
  26. ^ "FT league table 1999-2000". FT league tables 1999–2000. 
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  31. ^ a b c d "University ranking based on performance over 10 years" (PDF). The Times (London). 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  32. ^ "The 2002 ranking – From Warwick". Warwick Uni 2002. 

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