Bournemouth University
Bournemouth University is a university in and around the large south coast town of Bournemouth
Bournemouth is a large coastal resort town in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England. According to the 2001 Census the town has a population of 163,444, making it the largest settlement in Dorset. It is also the largest settlement between Southampton and Plymouth...

, UK (although its main campus is actually situated in neighbouring Poole
Poole is a large coastal town and seaport in the county of Dorset, on the south coast of England. The town is east of Dorchester, and Bournemouth adjoins Poole to the east. The Borough of Poole was made a unitary authority in 1997, gaining administrative independence from Dorset County Council...

). It has several well respected (John Kimble, 1999) departments including The School of Applied Sciences (which focuses upon Archaeology, Anthropology, Biology, 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 is recognised as the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice.

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; the University already has a variety of specialist research groups including The Market Research Group.

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 is the membership organisation for all academic and national libraries in the UK and Ireland.-History:...

 (SCONUL) for a large university; and in 2009 the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award for "Outstanding Library Team".

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


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


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

Talbot Campus

50.743213°N 1.896901°W

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

50.722647°N 1.8646°W

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.
  • 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, Biology, Geography and Forensic Sciences)
  • The Media School – home to the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, the National Centre for Computer Animation
    National Centre for Computer Animation
    The National Centre for Computer Animation is part of the Media School at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1989, it is often regarded as one of the best UK institutions available for study in the field of computer graphics, offering both undergraduate and postgraduate degree...

     and the Centre for Broadcasting History Research
  • The School Design, Engineering & Computing – home to the Festival of Design & Innovation
  • The Business School
  • The School of Health and Social Care
  • The School of Tourism – home to the International Centre for Tourism & Hospitality Research

The university validates courses in chiropractic
Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. It is generally categorized as complementary and alternative medicine...

 for the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, an associate college of Bournemouth University.


Overall UK University Rankings
League tables of British universities
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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 57th= 62nd= 69th 85th 83rd 82nd 80th 83rd 90th 90th 96th 96th 90th 88th= 87th= 81st= 90th
Guardian University Guide 38th 32nd 37th 48th 80th 76th 37th 66th
The Complete University Guide 55th 54th 56th= 66th
The Daily Telegraph 66th 69th
FT 92nd 95th 97th 97th
Sunday Times University Guide 67th 68th= 65th 69th 64th 66st 75th 72nd 69th 77th 72nd 85th= 78th

Notable alumni

  • David Amess
    David Amess
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     – Member of Parliament
  • Angela Browning
    Angela Browning
    Angela Frances Browning, Baroness Browning is a British Conservative Party politician. She was the Member of Parliament for Tiverton and Honiton from 1997 to 2010, having previously been MP for Tiverton from 1992 to 1997....

     – Member of Parliament
  • Rachel Jones – Producer of The Chris Moyles Show
    The Chris Moyles Show
    The Chris Moyles Show is the current BBC Radio 1 breakfast show in the UK, and has been since Chris Moyles became the station's breakfast show presenter on 5 January 2004. From 2004 to 2007, the show was broadcast 6:55–10:00 am each weekday, but since 15 October 2007 it has started from...

     on BBC Radio 1
    BBC Radio 1
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  • Rebecca Huxtable
    Rebecca Huxtable
    Rebecca 'Beccy' Huxtable is a British radio personality and producer, currently co-producing The Scott Mills Show with Scott Mills on BBC Radio 1.- Early life :Rebecca was born in Taunton, Somerset...

     – Assistant Producer of The Scott Mills Show
    The Scott Mills Show
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     on BBC Radio 1
    BBC Radio 1
    BBC Radio 1 is a British national radio station operated by the British Broadcasting Corporation which also broadcasts internationally, specialising in current popular music and chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7:00pm including electronic dance, hip hop, rock...

  • Dan O'Hagan
    Dan O'Hagan
    Dan O'Hagan is a freelance football commentator and TV presenter, who covers the UEFA Champions League for SBS in Australia. Formerly he was the voice of the world feed for the French Football League...

     – Commentator, BBC Match of the Day
    Match of the Day
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  • Gary Taphouse
    Gary Taphouse
    Gary Taphouse is a football commentator on TV and radio from Surrey, England. He mainly works for Sky Sports and Trans World International.He commentates on Barclays Premier League matches for Sky Sports' Football First programme most weekends during the football season and also covers World Cup...

     – Commentator, Football First
    Football First
    Football First is an interactive television programme on Sky Sports and since the 2010/11 season on Sky Sports HD and shows extended highlights of every Premier League match played on the day. It regularly airs on Saturdays at 8.25pm, and is currently presented by Sarah-Jane Mee...

     on Sky Sports
    Sky Sports
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  • Reza Dehghani
    Reza Dehghani
    Reza Dehghani was the founder of Criminal Clothing, and graduated from Bournemouth University.He founded the company during his final year as an International Marketing student....

    - Founder of Criminal Clothing
  • Karl Neilson
    Karl Neilson
    Karl Neilson is a British television director.-Biography:Born in Liverpool in 1971, he left school and started work as a van driver for an electrical goods company in Southport. Harbouring an ambition to be a director, he returned to education at the Liverpool Community College...

     – Television director

Honorary doctorates

Honorary doctorates
Honorary degree
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 have been awarded to:
  • Anthony Minghella
    Anthony Minghella
    Anthony Minghella, CBE was an English film director, playwright and screenwriter. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors at the British Film Institute between 2003 and 2007....

     – Film director
  • Peter Kosminsky
    Peter Kosminsky
    Peter Kosminsky is a British writer, director and producer. He has directed Hollywood movies such as White Oleander and television films like Warriors, The Government Inspector and The Promise.- Biography :...

     – Film Writer and Director
  • Murray Walker
    Murray Walker
    Graeme Murray Walker, OBE is a former Formula One motorsport commentator...

     – Motor sports commentator
  • Fergal Keane
    Fergal Keane
    Fergal Patrick Keane , is an Irish writer and broadcaster. For many years, Keane was the BBC's correspondent in Southern Africa. He is the nephew of Irish author John B. Keane....

     – BBC journalist
  • Peter Alliss
    Peter Alliss
    Peter Alliss is an English professional golfer, BBC television presenter and commentator, author and golf course designer. Alliss is known for his charismatic and unique style of commentary, often displaying a witty demeanour...

     – Golf commentator
  • Bill Bryson
    Bill Bryson
    William McGuire "Bill" Bryson, OBE, is a best-selling American author of humorous books on travel, as well as books on the English language and on science. Born an American, he was a resident of Britain for most of his adult life before moving back to the US in 1995...

     – Travel writer
  • Martin Clunes
    Martin Clunes
    Alexander Martin Clunes is an English actor and comedian. Clunes is perhaps best known for his roles as Gary Strang in Men Behaving Badly, Doctor Martin Ellingham in Doc Martin and the title character in Reggie Perrin....

     – Comedy actor
  • Andy Summers
    Andy Summers
    Andy Summers is an English guitarist born in Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England. Best known as the guitarist for rock band The Police, he has also recorded twelve solo albums, collaborated with many other artists, toured extensively under his own name, published several books, and composed...

     – Guitarist and composer
  • Mark Austin – Journalist and newsreader
  • Justin King
    Justin King (businessman)
    Justin Matthew King, CBE is a British businessman, who is the CEO of J Sainsbury plc, parent company of the supermarket chain Sainsbury's.King was previously Director of Food at Marks and Spencer and has held senior positions at Asda...

     – CEO of Sainsbury's
  • Alex James
    Alex James (musician)
    Professionally known as Alex James is an English musician, songwriter, journalist and cheesemaker. He is best known as the bass player and occasional vocalist of band Blur...

     – English musician, songwriter and journalist
  • Ian Livingstone
    Ian Livingstone
    Ian Livingstone OBE is an English fantasy author and entrepreneur. He is a co-writer of the first Fighting Fantasy gamebook, The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, and co-founder of Games Workshop....

    OBE - fantasy author and entrepreneur

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