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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.

Vision and values

BU2018: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring

Our vision builds on BU’s current success to create a distinctive offer based on academic excellence underpinned by service excellence. At the heart is the powerful fusion of research, education and professional practice, creating a unique academic experience where the sum is greater than the component parts. To achieve this we combine inspirational teaching, world-class research and the latest thinking in the professions to create a continuous and fruitful exchange of knowledge that stimulates new ideas, learning and thought-leadership.

You can read more, and see case studies and video clips that illustrate the key concepts and strategic aims, at Vision & Values: BU2018: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring.

Strategic Plan 2012-18

Following the launch of BU’s new Vision & Values, BU2018: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring last summer, all staff and students were invited to help us shape the strategies that will support and underpin our vision. The strategies are based around four key themes: Creating, Sharing, Inspiring; Finance; People; and Environment.

The key points of the plan are:

  • At the heart of BU will be a powerful fusion of research, education and professional practice, creating a unique academic experience where the sum is greater than the component parts. Fusion will be the key differentiator of BU, and this will inform and shape our marketing strategy.
  • We will invest in the delivery of Fusion through the establishment of a £3m per annum Fusion Investment Fund. The fund will support a range of practical initiatives that will underpin and deliver Fusion.
  • Areas of focus will include encouraging staff and students to work together to co-create and co-produce knowledge and research; driving excellent teaching and pedagogic innovation; improving staff and student mobility and networking; aligning our research themes to societal need; and increasing our share of the de-regulated higher education market (students entering with AAB and above or equivalent at A-level, international and postgraduate students).

Interactive StratNav Map

StratNav is your guide to the Strategic Plan 2012-18. It outlines how we seek to establish BU as a world class centre of academic excellence in education, research and professional practice - a learning community with a truly global reach, combining the elements of Creating, Sharing and Inspiring to deliver the ultimate experience for our students and staff.

Our academic excellence will be underpinned by service excellence, which we will achieve by fostering a fresh and re-invigorated culture of co-operation and collaboration between staff. We aim to break down barriers within and between disciplines and professional services to create a continuous exchange of knowledge that stimulates new ideas, learning and thought leadership.

Interactive StratNav Map - Guide to the BU2018 Strategic Plan 2012-18

Global Reputation, Regional Impact

We’re a central part of the Dorset community. As well as being one of the largest employers in the region, 40% of our students come from less than 40 miles away, so we have touched millions of lives in Dorset and across the South West.

The benefits for those who study here are obvious, but the value we bring to the wider community is just as important.

To demonstrate the wider benefits we bring to Dorset and the South West, we commissioned Professor John Fletcher and Dr Yeganeh Morakabati to publish a study that analysed our economic impact. Their findings are remarkable.

Creating jobs

We generate over £1 million a day in economic activity in the South West, and we created almost 1,400 full-time equivalent jobs in 2013. Our students and their visiting friends and family spent a staggering £128 million across the South West during the same period, and our staff spent £54 million.

Half of the money spent by our staff takes place in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and for every seven students at BU, one full-time job is supported in the South West.

As well as spending their own money in the local economy, our students raise around £200,000 a year for local charities and dedicate thousands of hours to volunteering activities each year.

Dorset’s Regional Economic Development

As a major player in the Dorset community, understanding the economic health of the Dorset economy and its hinterland is important to Bournemouth University.

Professor Nigel Jump is producing a series of “Business Intelligence Reports" that will give insight into the trends in Dorset’s economy and how it sits in relation to its neighbours and the rest of the UK. The Winter 2016 report highlights the risks of a very modest recovery.

Over time, the reports will allow us to continue to explore trends and structures in the Dorset economy and to consider its strengths and weaknesses as the region evolves.

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