Max McMurdo

Doctor of Arts (2023)

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Since graduating from BU in 2000 with a degree in Product Design Visualisation, Max went on to fulfil a childhood dream of becoming a car designer for Ford. He's since built a career as a designer, entrepreneur, author and TV presenter, best known for his roles on George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces and Shed of the Year and Tool Club.

His foray into the world of TV began with the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, when he secured investment to create high-end furniture from items destined for landfill. His expertise and enthusiasm led to him becoming a regular on our television screens, with shows focused on how upcycling can help people to live more affordably and sustainably.

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Jennifer Coombs

Doctor of Arts (2016)

Jennifer Coombs is an established actress, retiring in her 30’s to become ambassador and latterly Board Member for the political magazine, Prospect.  In 2015/16 she became High Sheriff of Dorset, serving as The Queen’s representative for law and order in the county.

She actively supports many local charities, as well as a charity which helps children in India.

Jennifer became a Pro-Chancellor for Bournemouth University in 2017.

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Paul Franklin

Doctor of Arts (2012)

Paul Franklin is an internationally acclaimed creator of visual effects, who co–founded DNEG, Europe’s largest visual effects studio.

He has won awards at the highest levels for his collaborations with film director Christopher Nolan, including an Oscar and BAFTA in 2011 for his stunning visual effects in Inception.

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Brian Graham

Doctor of Arts (2008)

Brian Graham is a distinguished artist whose work is deeply influenced by his passion for landscape. After many years of painting his beloved Dorset, his work now encompasses a much wider terrain.

He is inspired by archaeological sites, and many of his paintings capture a sense of links between past and present.

Brian has exhibited widely in Britain and Europe, and his works are displayed in many important collections. A long-standing supporter of art at the university, he helps in the selection of items for our art loan collection and exhibitions.

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