BU to establish three new Faculties

bu-logoFollowing a detailed consultation with your staff and SUBU we are pleased to announce that, with immediate effect, BU will be establishing three new Faculties in place of our four existing Schools. Although in practice students will experience very few changes in their day-to-day study as a result of this move, we would like to explain the rationale for this decision.

The development of Faculties will provide students with greater opportunities for collaborative study across the whole University, and establish a sound foundation for future investment in our existing areas of academic strength. It will also provide more scope to develop new subject areas. We realised many of these benefits earlier this year when BU successfully established the Faculty of Science & Technology.

In addition to the existing Faculty, the three new Faculties will be:

  • Faculty of Media & Communication, incorporating the current Media School and Law.
  • Faculty of Management, incorporating the current Business School and School of Tourism.
  • Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, incorporating the School of Health and Social Care.

We understand that you may have further questions about this and have aimed to answer these below:

Why are we moving towards the Faculty structure?

We are proud that BU is maturing as an institution and developing our learning practices, research expertise and external reputation. We are well established in the Higher Education sector and the move towards Faculties is a positive change that reflects this maturity.

How were the Faculty names chosen?

The titles of the Faculties have been carefully considered, reflecting our strengths and contribution to society. They also formed part of our consultation with staff.

Will my course change?

No, there will be no change to the name or content of your course as a result of the move to Faculties.

Will my lecturers and tutors be affected?

All BU staff were consulted on the proposed move from Schools to Faculties, and the feedback we received indicates that the majority of people recognise the merits of the move and that it reflects our enhanced academic excellence.

There will be some changes to roles within the management structure, but the impact on your lecturers and tutors should be minimal. If you do have any concerns, please contact SUBU President, Chloe Schendel-Wilson at supresident@bournemouth.ac.uk

We want you to have the best possible experience while at BU and as part of the transition we are recruiting an additional 30 new academic staff to the new Faculties.

I applied to be in this School. Will I now be graduating from somewhere different?

All of our students graduate from Bournemouth University rather than a particular School or Faculty, and this will continue to be the case after we move to a Faculty structure. Your degree certificate will state the name of the course that you graduated from and that the degree is from Bournemouth University – there will be no change to your qualification or certificate as a result of the move.

For the majority of students the Faculty name will be closely aligned to your current School. For a small minority of students their courses will be aligned to a different Faculty and we will be in touch specifically about this.

When will this happen?

Although we are moving to a Faculty structure straight away, there is much still to be worked through over the coming months and we will keep you informed of relevant developments.

We hope you will join us in welcoming this evolution of BU and recognition of our academic excellence. If you have any further questions please contact SUBU President Chloe Schendel-Wilson.

Bournemouth pupils help come up with designs for Bio-Beach project


Pupils at two local schools have been helping Bournemouth University (BU) researchers come up with designs for structures to increase biodiversity on the town’s beaches.

Pupils at Avonbourne College and Harewood College have been working with BU staff and students on ideas for the Bio-Beach project, which aims to improve and increase the marine life along Bournemouth’s shoreline.

Bio-Beach is a collaboration between BU and Bournemouth Borough Council to place structures on groynes along the local coastline, which will provide refuge for marine life.

The creatures living within them will then be recorded by underwater cameras – giving insight into their habitat and behaviour.

Around 30 pupils from Years 7 – 9 have been working on ideas and prototypes for the project after school, supported by BU student ambassadors and the AspireBU outreach team.

They were given a brief by the BU Bio-Beach researchers to create durable structures that could retain water and provide shelter for marine life.

The pupils came up with designs inspired by everything from rubber ducks to scuba divers, which were made of sustainable and recycled materials including old rope and tires.

Fay Lyon, Science Teacher at Avonbourne College, said: “I think it has been brilliant. They have really loved it actually.

“I think it’s the fact that it’s real world application of science – it’s really useful. These are genuine problems that need to be solved and they can contribute something for that. They have the chance to make a real difference.”

After coming up with initial designs, the pupils had to create prototypes and test them – sandblasting and submerging them in saltwater to see how durable and suitable they would be for the harsh conditions on the beach.

They then shared their ideas with Bio-Beach researchers Dr Roger Herbert and Dr Bob Eves.

Dr Herbert, a Senior Lecturer in Coastal and Marine Biology at BU, said: “The brief was to develop some new designs and features which can encourage a whole range of different things for people to look at and enjoy, as well as increasing the biodiversity of the seashore.

“They worked really hard and have got all sorts of imaginative and interesting ideas.

“When we look at these sorts of problems, we see the obvious constraints but you can learn so much from younger people who don’t see those problems and that’s where their creativity really benefits us.”

Dr Eves, a Senior Lecturer in Product Design, added: “I think what has been great is the imagination and the ideas that they have come up with, because they are free-forming.

“The ideas are coming from children, which will then be enjoyed by other children on the beach.”

The pupils will use feedback from Dr Herbert and Dr Eves to continue working on their designs, with the best ideas and elements then selected for the final Bio-Beach structure.

Year 8 pupil Rebecca Harper was part of a group who created a design which used buckets and old tyres filled with recycled materials like bottle caps and ropes.

She said: “It’s been really fun designing these things and getting to create the prototypes.

“I’ve learnt a lot about the creatures that live on the beach and how to make and reuse things. It would be amazing to see our design on the beach.”

Find out more about the Bio-Beach project