Study Abroad in China or India this Summer!

global-horizons-globeIf you are interested in studying abroad this summer a limited number of grants are available for the Study China & Study India summer programmes.

This is a fantastic opportunity to improve your employability skills & discover what it is like to work in a different country. The successful applicants will be eligible for a £900 grant with Study China, or £675 with Study India.

Email with a personal statement and your proof of acceptance for either Study China or Study India by July 15 2014.


Lecturer awarded £7,000 grant to further marine research

Paola Palma, lecturer in Marine Archaeology at Bournemouth University has recently been awarded an English Heritage grant worth £7,000 to study shipworms around the UK.

The study will last six months and should map the presence of two types of shipworms, Teredo Navalis and Lyrodus Pedicellatus, in English waters.

Shipworms are most commonly known for causing the rapid degradation of wooden objects as they often tunnel through wood internally causing it to weaken.

Paola Palma said “Teredo Navalis is probably the shipworm best-known to archaeologists”. The study hopes to build on existing knowledge using publicly available knowledge.

BU students will also get involved with the study as part of a training exercise, details to be confirmed at a later date.

Student Loan Payments

If you are receiving funding from Student Finance England, your first payment will not be paid on the date on your Student Finance Letter.

The Student Loans Company will not release any funding until we have confirmed with them, that you are in attendance at Bournemouth University. We will confirm to the Student Loans Company of your attendance once you have fully enrolled on your course. Payment will then be made 3-5 working days after the attendance is confirmed.

Should you have any questions relating to this, please contact askBU on 01202 969696 or come and see us at The Base, opposite Poole House Reception.

Study and Work Abroad funding support available

Are you interested in studying or working abroad as part of your course or as an extracurricular activity? If so, the BU Global Horizons Fund and Santander Grants are two sources of financial support, which you may be able to access.
The Autumn application round for both the BU Global Horizons Fund and Santander Grants is now open! For more information, please visit the new Study & Work Abroad site on the Student Portal to learn about international activities BU may be able to support, how to apply, and when you would have to submit your application.
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New research project to uncover the history of chickens


A new research project looking at the history of chickens is hoping to shed light on how the relationship between people and chickens has developed over the last 8,000 years.

The project will see researchers dive into archaeological records to investigate the history of the world’s most widely established livestock species, which is descended from the wild jungle fowl of South East Asia.

Researchers from Bournemouth University, as well as the Universities of Durham, Nottingham, Leicester, Roehampton and York, will be examining when and how rapidly domesticated chickens spread across Europe and the history of their exploitation for meat and eggs. The project will also investigate the ancient and modern cultural significance of the birds in, for example religious rituals. Research will include metrical and DNA analysis of modern and ancient chicken bones to trace the development of different breeds.

Principal Investigator for the project, Bournemouth University’s Dr Mark Maltby said, “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a team of high international esteem drawn from a wide range of disciplines that includes genetics, cultural anthropology, history and archaeological science. We are united by our mutual research interests in how chickens and people have interacted in the past and the present.”

The results of the research will form the basis a series of exhibitions in museums and other venues throughout the UK making up ‘The Chicken Trail’ that will tell the story of the chicken’s domestication in Europe and there are also plans to display some of the research findings in butchers shops.

The project, entitled “Cultural and Scientific Perceptions of Human-Chicken Interactions”, was made possible with the help of a £1.94 million grant from the AHRC under the Science In Culture Awards Large Grants call.  The project will also involve collaboration with academic colleagues across Europe and with poultry breeders and other interested members of the public.

Work is due to begin in January 2014 and the research will be completed in 2017 – coinciding with The Chinese Year of the Rooster.  The work is supported by an interactive research network “The Chicken Coop” and the latest information and breaking news about the research can be found at