Prime Minister David Cameron lavished praise on Bournemouth in the House of Commons last week.
Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, was invited to speak during Prime Minister’s Questions and said, “At the weekend graduates of Bournemouth University and the Arts University Bournemouth enjoyed yet another year of success at the BAFTAs.
“Last week, Bournemouth was named as having the fastest growing digital economy in the UK – would my Right Honourable Friend agree with me that the talent of our people, combined with the long-term economic plan is why it is that Britain remains a world leader in the creative industries?”
Responding to the question, Cameron said, “Our creative industries are a vital part of our economy and our country.
“When we look at film and television and we see the great results at the BAFTAs, the high hopes we have for the OSCARS [and] British film and television conquering the world, Bournemouth University plays a very important part because its training of some of our digital effects specialists [and] because of many of our creative people – [are] an absolutely key part of this vital and growing industry.”
His comments came off the back of a Special Visual Effects BAFTA for the film Interstellar, as a number of BU graduates worked on the visual effects for the film, including Andy Lockley, who was on stage to collect the award.
The Prime Minister is no stranger to talking about the successes of Bournemouth’s students, having praised their work in Parliament last year.
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