Friday 12 July 2013
Overall ranking: Came 59th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: It started in the early 1900s as Bournemouth Municipal College but its modern history began in the early seventies with the creation of Bournemouth College of Technology. It became the Dorset Institute of Higher Education and then Bournemouth Polytechnic. In 1992 it was finally given university status.
Address: Two campuses that lie between the New Forest and Jurassic Coast- one in Poole on the site of a former farm and the other in Bournemouth town centre.
Ambience: A sizeable student community in a stylish seaside town. The university has a clean modern campus with a well-resourced media school, home to the country's leading Centre of Excellence in Media Practice and the first University-based HD media studio in the UK.
Who's the boss? Professor John Vinney, a chartered engineer, took over as vice chancellor in September 2010.
Prospectus: 08456 501 501 or order one here.
UCAS code: B50
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Increasingly competitive. Courses ask for between 200 and 340 UCAS entry points. Five applications per place. Well-regarded courses in tourism, sports science, media production, the environment, intellectual property and forensic science.
Vital statistics: More than 18,000 students across all courses and over 1,200 overseas students. Specialises in finding gaps in the higher education market and filling them with professionally-oriented courses. The university has niche courses in forensic archaeology and food marketing. It claims to have launched the first undergraduate programmes in financial services, taxation and revenue law, heritage conservation, marine archaeology and public relations.
Added value: Good for sailing and other water sports. Has a virtual learning environment, the UK's most extensive campus-based wireless network, and excellent programmes for peer-assisted learning. Home to the UK's National Centre for Computer Animation, while language tuition and personal development planning workshops are available. Professional placements feature prominently for undergraduate students, with opportunities for placements abroad. An emphasis on learning through experience. Recent investment has created new facilities, including a library and learning centre; a new centre for global perspectives and graduate employment service; a new general enquiries service called 'askBU' as well as new accommodation developments in both Bournemouth and Poole. A state-of-the-art centre will open in 2015 that will be home to the Students' Union and provide a social learning space for students.
Teaching: 106th out of 124 for student satisfaction with teaching in the Complete University Guide.
Research: 69th out of 124 in the latest Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: 63rd out of 124 with 62.4 per cent finding graduate level employment after completing their degrees.
Any accommodation? Bournemouth offers lots of different accommodation options, guaranteed for all first year undergrads, that range between £107.15 and £149.42 per week.
Cheap to live there? Private accommodation averages £75 to £85 per week, exclusive of bills.
Transport links: Rail and road links to most big cities in the United Kingdom, plus ferry services to France and the Channel Islands. Don't forget Bournemouth International Airport, where you can catch planes to the Continent and Dublin.
Fees: Charges between £6,000 and the maximum of £9,000 for a full-time undergrad course. Sandwich placement years cost £685 for UK and EU students. Channel Islands students pay between £9,000 and £10,492 per year, while non-EU applicants can expect fees of between £9,500 and £12,000 per year.
Bursaries: There are a number of bursaries offered by the university to provide eligible students with up to £16,000 in non-repayable financial support. Scholarships of up to £2,000 are also available, based on academic excellence.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Unique, following conversion of the city's old fire station into an entertainment building and student nightclub. A wide range of music tastes are catered for, with plenty of live gigs on offer throughout the year. Bournemouth itself is vibrant and fun, with plenty of bars and several good nightclubs. Thriving gay scene.
Price of a pint: Plenty of chain bars like Wetherspoons to find a fairly priced lager.
Sporting reputation: 34th in the current BUCS league, out of 148 universities and colleges.
Notable societies: Ever wanted to jump out of a plane? Now's your change with Free Fall Society. If you appreciate "the finer things in life" then perhaps the Slippers & Cigars group will be for you.
Glittering alumni: Lee Uren, computer animator (Attack of the Clones, Star Trek); Kevan Shorey, computer animator (Madagascar, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third); Edwina Dunn, founder of marketing company Dunnhumby; Franziska Conrad, creator of the QuickPitch pop-up tent; Rachel Jones, BBC Radio 1 producer; Dan O'Hagan, BBC sports commentator; and Reza Dehghani, founder of Criminal clothing.
Alternative prospectus: Have a skim through Bournemouth's forum on The Student Room and put any queries to current and recent students.
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