First vice-chancellor of BU passes away


Dr Bernard MacManus, the first Vice–Chancellor of Bournemouth University, died on 10th March.

Dr MacManus joined the Dorset Institute of Higher Education in 1983 and under his leadership it grew significantly and achieved polytechnic status, which in turn enabled Bournemouth to become a university under the Further and Higher Education Act of 1992. Dr MacManus played a significant role in extending BU´s Talbot Campus and established the second campus at the Lansdowne.

He retired from BU in 1994 and in 2007 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University.