Win a free place in BU’s Running Squad for the Bournemouth 10k

bmf_10kBournemouth’s football team, AFC Bournemouth, made history last season when they won promotion to the English Premier League (EPL) for the first time ever. The EPL is the most watched league in the world with huge global audiences tuning into the matches. Bournemouth University is the official Higher Education partner of AFC Bournemouth and the partnership will continue for the 2015/16 season

As part of the activities to mark BU’s partnership for the historic season ahead, which kicks off on Saturday 8 August, we have entered a BU squad into the Bournemouth 10k run on Saturday 3 October 2015 and you could be in it.

The BU running team will, like a Premier League squad, be limited to 25 in number. BU has paid the entry fee for the team and the 25 places are now available to any BU staff member or currently enrolled student. As well as paying for your entry into the race, the BU running team will receive a team t-shirt and will need to be available for a photocall ahead of the race.

The 10k event is part of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival and is open to runners of all abilities.

You do not need to be an experienced runner to take on this challenge and there is time to plan a sensible training routine to enable you to successfully complete the run on 3 October.

To try and win a free place in the squad you need to answer this question:

Which AFC Bournemouth Director is a BU graduate and is featured on the back of one of our BU buses as part of our #BU Proud campaign?

Email us your answer. Please include your name, position at BU or course you are studying by midnight on Wednesday 5 August.  We will announce the BU 10k squad on Friday 7 August.

Students get fundraising – #BUProud

Faculty of Management students have been bringing their learning to life by organising charity-led events.

From March to May all sorts of events have been organised on and off campus raising money for local and national charities. Events range from family fun days, art displays and sports activities to dining experiences, quizzes, game shows and a flash mob.

Stu Plummeridge – Year 2, BSc (Hons) Sports Management – and his group Shuttle Seven organised neon badminton tournament ‘Raveminton’ in the BU sports hall to raise money for the National Autism Society.

Stu said, “The event went really well, better than we all expected to be honest! It ran very smoothly and all of the participants seemed to be really enjoying it”

“We learnt a lot from this experience as to the various aspects of putting together and managing an event, such things as sourcing sponsorship to advertising and finding volunteers – it gave a glimpse into the reality of putting on an event as sport managers after graduation.“

Course lecturer, Peter Trueman said, “The aim of this unit is to experience the practical implementation of methods and theories relevant to event management, whilst developing a positive attitude to risk-taking and entrepreneurship through creative and innovative thinking”

“The planning and operations of leisure event management draws upon finance, marketing and resource management. In this unit students get to apply practical skills needed to successfully deliver a live event, giving them more confidence in using these transferable skills for the many challenges that lie ahead during their forthcoming placement year and future careers in the leisure industry”.

#BUProud: PhD students take on the Isle of Wight Challenge this weekend

Sarah Noone and Laura Reynolds, PhD students in the BU Dementia Institute, are embarking on a 54km (33.6 miles) trek along the Isle of Wight coastal path this May Bank Holiday weekend, 2-3 May, as part of the Isle of Wight Challenge.

Sarah and Laura have been training for the Isle of Wight Challenge to help raise awareness of dementia, and undertake some fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Launch of BU Proud in the community

BU is very proud of the close relationship it has with the local community. Our staff, students and graduates play an integral part in both the local economy and local society.

This involves many close relationships built up with local organisations and our BU Proud in the community campaign will celebrate these links.

A launch event is being held at AFC Bournemouth on 5 March.

The new branding of our BU buses will be unveiled, celebrating BU graduates working with local organisations, and there will be a BU branded double-decker bus on site featuring Rob Mitchell, Commercial Director of AFC Bournemouth. Rob is also president of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and has a degree in Leisure Marketing from BU. Other BU graduates from across the region who feature in the new campaign will also be attending.

Look out for the buses and posters around the region, featuring our graduates working in LV=; Lush; RNLI; Bournemouth Echo and Dorset LEP.

BU works closely, with businesses, voluntary groups, and the local community and the BU Proud in the community campaign will be an opportunity to communicate more about this work, engage new audiences and raise the profile of both BU and our successful alumni.

Read more about the graduates involved here:

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BU campuses get a #BUProud makeover


If you find yourself walking through our campus over the next few days then you may notice a little change to some of our buildings…

BU’s re-launch of the #BUProud campaign has begun with a new set of pictures displayed on the entrances to some of the university’s buildings.

Current BU students Ieva Severinaite (pictured) and Douglas Tham have been chosen to feature on the entrance doors to Poole House, at the front of BU’s Talbot Campus.

The campaign features students holding chalkboards, on which they have written what they love most about the university, or what they are most proud of. Ieva’s board reads ‘helping me find my path’, while Douglas’ highlights some of the great opportunities on offer at BU.

Other BU staff members, students and graduates will soon take pride of place on the university’s buildings, with chalkboards adorned with #BUProud slogans such as, “Proud of all my students”, “BU has allowed me to realise what I am capable of”, and “Brilliant access to professional facilities.”

Students, staff members and other university audiences are also encouraged to get involved in the campaign by taking to Twitter, using the #BUProud tag to tell the world why they love Bournemouth University.

Ieva Severinaite, who studies the BA Public Relations course within the Media School at BU, said, “It’s overwhelming but very rewarding [being recognised with this picture] and it makes me very proud to be a BU student.

“Being 19 when you come to university it can be tough to know what you want to do in life for the rest of your career. My course and my extracurricular activities at the university, such as being the International Student Officer for SUBU (Students’ Union at Bournemouth University) and being a student ambassador for the university, has helped me to see different paths and different opportunities in life and to know what I want for the future.”

On walking past the picture everyday on the way into university, Ieva said, “It will take a little time to get used to it but it definitely brings a smile to my face every time I see it.”

What makes you proud of being part of the Bournemouth University community. Join the conversation on Twitter and tell us with the #BUproud tag!

BU commended for the quality of student learning opportunities by QAA


Bournemouth University has achieved a “commended” judgement for the quality of student learning opportunities from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). This is the first time the judgement of commended for this category, the highest award possible, has been given to any university.

The term ‘learning opportunities’ describes the different mechanisms and facilities that a university provides in order to enable a student to succeed. For this category, the QAA look at many areas of how an institution supports students, including the quality of teaching students receive, academic support, the resources available to students including the library and IT facilities, and the general support they receive.

Professor John Vinney, Vice–Chancellor of Bournemouth University, said: “I am extremely proud that Bournemouth University is the first university to be commended for the quality of students’ learning opportunities. We work really hard to provide a unique top–quality academic experience that combines excellent education, research and professional practice with personalised student support.

The commendation is both a testament to the hard work of the staff and Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU), and a reflection of the continuing investment in our facilities. Everything that we do is focused on quality, and we will build on this success to ensure that we continue to give our students the opportunity to succeed throughout their career – wherever it may take them”.

The review identified a number of examples of good practice which led to the award. These include the many constructive measures BU takes to engage and involve all members of staff in its mission, values and strategic priorities, including those articulated in its Strategic Plan.

The review also highlighted the way that the University engages students individually, and collectively through the Students’ Union, in its development of academic strategy and policy.

The team of QAA reviewers who visited Bournemouth University also judged that the University’s academic standards, the quality of student learning opportunities‚, and the quality of information about learning opportunities all meet UK expectations.

The QAA review team made no recommendations on any issues for further improvement.

The review team included Professor Richard de Friend (previously of the College of Law), Dr Andrew Eadie (Hazeldene Educational Consultants Ltd), Dr Wendy Gill (the University of St Mark & St John), Ms Elizabeth Dobson-McKittrick (student reviewer from the University of Essex), and Ms Jessica Greenlees (review secretary).

  • The review carried out at Bournemouth University was an Institutional Review (England and Northern Ireland) (IRENI). More information on IRENI is available at
  • The report on Bournemouth University is published on 6 September 2013. It is available at
  • QAA safeguards the public interest in the quality and standards of UK higher education. The QAA checks how UK universities and colleges maintain their academic standards and quality. They review and report on how they meet their responsibilities, identify good practice and make recommendations for improvement. The QAA publishes guidelines to help UK universities and colleges develop effective systems to ensure students have the best learning experience. Further information is available at: