Santander 60 Second Pitch Awards

santander-pitchThe Santander 60 Second Pitch Awards give you and your business (or idea) the chance to win up to £1,500 as well as support and advice from Santander.

If you can ‘wow’ an audience with a sensational new business idea, concept or product in 60 seconds, you could win a cash prize of up to £1,500, as well as advice and support from Santander.

What do I need to do?

Simply tell Santander about your business or idea and why you feel you deserve to win in 60 seconds.  Remember that people will be voting for their favourite entry so make sure it’s funny, creative or innovate.

The competition runs every three months so if you see yourself as the UK’s next successful entrepreneur, make sure you catch the next one!

Find out more on the Santander website or watch the video on the Santander Students Facebook page. Submission deadline is 24 July 2015.

BU student team wins European-wide advertising competition


A team from Bournemouth University (BU) has won a student advertising competition that received entries from across Europe.

The team – made up of four BU final year Advertising students – won Ad Venture, an annual competition organised by the European Association of Communications Agencies (EACA) for students across Europe.

The competition aims to give students a taste of life working for an advertising agency and the BU team, called Fellow, won for their campaign called Change The Story, based on a brief about European opportunities to target youth unemployment.

The team – made up of Laura Merchan McAulay, Florence Evans, Cameron Black and Marta Cownburn Cuesta – won the Ad Venture competition after presenting their campaign idea to leading comms professionals from across Europe at the edcom conference in Barcelona.

Two teams from BU made the three competition finalists – out of more than 90 entries from across Europe – and the winning team from Fellow has now won an all-expenses paid week at the Cannes Lions Festival.

Cameron Black, who was the Creative for Fellow, said: “We were extremely surprised and still can’t believe we’ve just won the Ad Venture competition.

“It felt incredible to be one of two teams representing Bournemouth on a European stage and to give our lecturers and the university the recognition it deserves.

“We can’t wait to go to Cannes and fully embrace an amazing opportunity for starting our careers after our incredible time at Bournemouth.”

This year was the first time that two teams from the same university have been named as finalists in the competition.

The competition made up an integral part of the final year Campaign Planning unit, and the other BU team, Daffadowndilly – made up of Rachel Banks, Darrell Pont, Georgina Robb and Joel Blackie – presented a campaign called Map Your Future.

It’s not the first time students from the Corporate Marketing Communications department at BU have had success in Ad Venture, with BU students winning the competition in 2011-12 and a number of finalist spots over the years.

Melanie Gray, Lecturer in Advertising and Marketing at BU, said: “Once again, stand out achievements like this show that the BU Advertising degree produces some of the best quality student work in the country.

“This is a fantastic reward for the extra time and effort that has gone into this final year unit – I am so pleased that all the additional elements which were put in place to really give the students a great experience on Campaign Planning have resulted in this.

“Of course the students are rightly over the moon and are now looking forward to their prize – a fully-expensed trip to the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.”

BU Team wins national enterprise competition

A team from Bournemouth University has won a national competition that encourages student teams to promote a good cause.

The BU team – made up of students from across the different academic schools – won the Rise To Enterprise Challenge, with their campaign called Thanks To Mothers.

The campaign aimed to provide simple ways for people to express gratitude to their mothers, and they ran a social media campaign alongside events at the BU campus.

They also helped celebrate Mother’s Day by handing out flowers to mums in the local community.

The BU team was made up of Aleksandrs Pereverzevs and Mark Trubetskoy from the Media School, Jana Sirica from the School of Tourism, and Lauren England and Glebs Kiselovs from The Business School.

They worked together in a number of roles – including Marketing, Sponsorship, Sales and Research – and were required to source a mentor and raise sponsorship in order to ultimately raise awareness for their campaign.

The challenge enables students to gain hands on work experience in a business environment which not only helps within the community, but looks great on the CV.

More than 2,100 people said thanks to their mothers through the team’s website over the course of the campaign.

As well as the group winning the enterprise challenge overall, Glebs Kiselovs also won an individual award for his lead role in gaining sponsorship.

Find out more about the Thanks to Mothers campaign

Students’ ‘Big Idea’ gives power to children


Bournemouth University students used teddy bears and a comic book ‘super hero’ theme to win a Dragons Den-style ‘Big Idea’ competition run by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

The scheme is part of a new physiotherapy programme aiming to increase involvement child cystic fibrosis patients can have in their care.

Students Gary Whiting and Luke Rockett, both studying Physiotherapy at Bournemouth University, worked alongside other students from the South West and created the ‘Teddies for Toddlers’ scheme as their ‘Big Idea’. The scheme aims to increase children’s engagement with their treatment of Cystic Fibrosis, a life-long condition affecting the lungs.

The idea for ‘Teddies for Toddlers’ came during a work placement at a pediatric physiotherapy unit where they discovered that children and their parents would benefit from having a better understanding of treatments.

Gary Whiting worked with student Dave Progl, from the University of Southampton, to create a system where children can choose how to care for their own teddy bear with help from a comic book giving instructions.

The idea is for children to care for the teddy bear and subsequently learn about their own care. The students said, “Research shows that it’s important for a child to have some say and choose what they would like to do in their care. We would give the initial comic to the child and they would choose their treatment plan from that”.

Children aged 6 to 10 are targeted through a super hero comic book character and games which can later be used to gain feedback.

Dr Helena Johnson, honorary student president said, “We liked the concept of needing to incorporate fun into physiotherapy to promote self-management. It was thoroughly investigated and you then went on to fully develop the product with your comic book and characters.”

Victory for BU Volleyball


BU’s Men’s Volleyball team has been crowned champions of the Volleyball England Student Cup.

The BU Varsity First team gained the trophy after winning in straight sets in the final against local team Wessex LeAF.

Dan Hunter, BSc (Hons) Software Engineering student and captain of the BU volleyball team, said: “It was a great feeling as I had never won this but also great as it’s the first time for the University as well.

“The win is a reward for all the hours SportBU have dedicated to all the volleyball people in recent years and it’s great to say we are national champions.”

The Student Cup saw 32 of the top University and College teams from across the country battle it out for the title over two days of competition in Norwich.

The BU Men’s Varsity Team reached the final without dropping a single set to their opponents in any of their matches.

It was a case of third time lucky for the team, who have been runners up in the competition for the past two years.

Dan, who competed in the London 2012 Olympics as part of the Great Britain Men’s Volleyball team, added: “It was a great tournament for the BU Men who have been training together at the University and with the local club Wessex. After last year’s loss in the final we were motivated to go all the way this year.”

Ian Wood, Duty Manager: Health and Fitness Services for sportBU and current BU Master’s student, also played in the winning team.

“It was a great feeling to win, especially against local rivals in an explosive game,” said Ian, who is completing an MSc in Sports Management.

“We’re lucky enough to have a strong team at the moment including Olympians, GB athletes and Super 8 [Volleyball England’s top division in the National League] players due to the overall strength of volleyball as a sport in the South.

“It is now becoming one of the top places for talented players to come and play alongside study and work.”

He added: “The infrastructure provided by the University and their links with the local national league teams – including Wessex LeAF BU and Solent Volleyball Club – allows the players to train and compete regularly together at a high level, which has really benefitted the university team.”

Andrea Ivanov from the BU Men’s First team won the competition’s award for Most Valuable Player.

The BU Women’s Volleyball team also competed in the Student Cup competition, coming 9th in the women’s tournament, while the BU Men’s Second team were placed 15th.

Find out more about the Volleyball England Student Cup

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