Festival of Learning 2015: Get involved

FoL-2015BU will open its doors to the public for the third Festival of Learning from Saturday 11 to Friday 17 July 2015.

There will be seven days of free activities showcasing the impact of BU’s expertise and research. This summer, the event attracted around 5,000 people to over 150 on-campus and community-based activities. Many partnerships have emerged as a result of the Festival, and there’s been real evidence of the impact BU’s research has.

Get Involved – put forward an event proposal

One way you can get involved with the festival is by putting forward an event proposal.

Take a look at our Festival of Learning Proposals pages on the BU Research Blog to find out more about the purpose of the festival, who it’s for, the popular themes from this year’s event, and what we’ve learned from the British Science Festival 2014.

Proposals need to submitted by 12 noon Friday 19 December.

Need some help developing your ideas?
Get in touch with Naomi Kay, our Public Engagement Officer and a recent BU graduate.

Other ways you can get involved

  • Take part: you’re welcome to join in with any of the events to learn about all areas of BU – we’ll tell you how nearer the time
  • Spread the word: tell your friends and family about the event and encourage them to come along – it’s a nice way for them to experience where you study.

Festival of Learning 2014 draws to a close


Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning has drawn to a close following seven days of interactive, educational and interesting events.

The week-long Festival, in its second year, featured over 150 events.

BU’s Talbot Campus hosted events such as Wheelchair Basketball, Bug Grub (exploring edible insects) and a Poverty Summit, bringing together members of the Dorset community to talk about tackling poverty.

BU’s Lansdowne Campus hosted events on PR, social media and health, while a number of events also took place off campus, including a BioBlitz on Studland Nature Reserve and the Festival of Maritime Archaeology on Pier Approach on Bournemouth’s Seafront.

The Festival drew a lot of press coverage, including items on BBC news, and attendees at events included MP Tobias Ellwood and Poole Councillor Elaine Atkinson. The Festival was opened by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts (pictured) as the Festival tied in with Universities Week across the UK.

For the first time, Storify was used to capture comments, feedback and pictures taken during the Festival of Learning. Bournemouth University’s Storify profile has a daily roundup of the Festival.