Bournemouth University is at the heart of the largest non-industrial conurbation in Europe. It is in a wonderful location sandwiched between the UK’s newest National Park, best beaches and largest natural harbour. It is home to a major financial services sector (JP Morgan Chase, Nationwide Building Society and Liverpool Victoria among others) as well as having the largest concentration of language schools outside London and many national headquarters including the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Sunseeker International.

Bournemouth is world renowned as an international conference centre, and plays host to major academic, professional and of course, political conferences. It also offers one of the largest exhibition and entertainment venues on the south coast.

Today, BU is home to over 18,000 students and almost 2,000 staff. We contribute over £1 million a day to the local economy, and our research has a global impact. We work with some of the biggest names in the industry, and you can find our alumni in senior positions in organisations across the globe. All this has been achieved from relatively humble beginnings.

December 2014 saw the announcement of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) results, in which 96% of BU’s research was rated at an international level, with 18% of that deemed to be world leading. 

We're the first British university to be commended for the quality of student learning opportunities by the QAA – just one example of how we enhance the student experience.




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