Bournemouth University

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Bournemouth University
Bmth uni crest.jpg
Bournemouth University Coat of Arms
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 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

Suburban Talbot Campus (primary campus)

Lansdowne Campus
Affiliations University Alliance
Bournemouth University logo

Bournemouth University, also abbreviated as BU, is a university in and around the large south coast town of Bournemouth, UK (with its main campus is situated in neighbouring Poole).

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 Matthew Bennett in the School of Applied Sciences.

Traditionally known[by whom?] 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;[3] the University already has a variety of specialist research groups including The Market Research Group.[4]

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


Main entrance on the Talbot Campus

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

Talbot Campus[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

University accommodation is divided among eight halls of residence:

  • Cranborne House – Newly refurbished in 2013, situated on Lansdowne Road near the Lansdowne Campus.
  • Purbeck House – Closed for refurbishment during September 2014 – 2015, situated 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. (Recently closed)
  • Corfe House – a block of five and six-bedroom flats situated in Poole town centre.
  • Lyme Regis House – A newly built hall 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.[5]
  • Abbotsbury House – for nursing students.
  • Chesil House – Newly built[when?] accommodation situated near the Lansdowne Campus that comprises 210 rooms and 24 fully self-contained apartments dedicated to postgraduate students
  • Dorchester House – Built in 2012, this halls of residence is opposite the railway station with a well connected bus route outside.


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 and the Centre for Broadcasting History Research[6][7]
  • The School Design, Engineering & Computing – home to the Festival of Design & Innovation[8]
  • 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 for the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, an associate college of Bournemouth University.[9]


Bournemouth University is well known for its Media School department. Bournemouth University is recognised as a top university for TV, Media and Film. The School of Tourism is a world-leader in tourism research and a leading provider of degree courses uniquely focused on the environmental, economic, social and cultural impacts.[10] In 2010, the School of Tourism's courses were awarded the UNWTO-TedQual accreditation for tourism provision[11]

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;[12] and in 2009 the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award for "Outstanding Library Team".[13]

The BU Research Blog won a gold award in 2012 in the national HEIST Awards for the Best Internal Communications Campaign.

Student life[edit]

Students Union at Bournemouth University is based on the Talbot Campus. Its facilities are open to students at Lansdowne Campus and the partner colleges.

Notable people[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Student Numbers – A break down of our student numbers for 2009–10". Bournemouth University. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bournemouth University". Retrieved 25 March 2008. 
  4. ^ "The Market Research Group". Retrieved 25 November 2006. 
  5. ^ "Okeford Halls of Residence". Retrieved 14 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Bournemouth Media School". Retrieved 25 November 2006. 
  7. ^ "Centre for Excellence in Media Practice". Retrieved 25 November 2006. 
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  9. ^ "Anglo-European College of Chiropractic". Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "School of Tourism". Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "School of Tourism". Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bournemouth's Octagon takes top award at library design 'Oscars'". SCONUL. 2007. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "BU has the UK’s most Outstanding Library Team". Bournemouth University. 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 

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