New academic building to further enhance your learning experience at BU

bu-logoWe are delighted to announce that our plans to develop a new flagship academic building with state-of-the-art learning facilities have been given the go-ahead.

This is a major step towards achieving our aspiration to create world-class facilities for world-class performance – and improving the learning experience of current and future students.

Together with the new student centre, which is due to open next year, Talbot Campus is evolving into a greener and more user-friendly campus; and with the Bournemouth University International College building in Lansdowne which is also under construction, we are making significant progress towards our aspirations set out in BU2018.

This new academic building will provide an attractive landmark at the heart of the campus and, under one roof, will host academic and support facilities, including seminar rooms, lecture theatres, break out space and catering facilities.

It will mean we can vacate the temporary buildings currently in use and provide higher quality facilities for students.

Construction will get underway in the summer and is expected to take around 18 months to complete. We anticipate it will officially open in 2016.

The academic building will be constructed on an existing car park and to replace the lost parking spaces, a new landscaped car park will be provided just to the south of the campus, off Gillett Road.

A new mini link road will also be provided to connect Gillett Road to the campus.

The construction of the new car park will begin imminently and is expected to be completed by September.

More information and artist’s impressions of what the building will look like can be found at

Our estates team would be happy to answer any questions you may have so please contact them via

We will continue to keep you informed throughout the construction period.

Kind regards

Professor John Vinney                     Jim Andrews
Vice-Chancellor                                Chief Operating Officer

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!