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Our Fusion themes

BU’s Fusion themes provide a lens through which to view all our activities, across education, research and professional practice and allow us to develop our disciplinary strengths while building interdisciplinary opportunities. These are themes with relevance and impact across the world and which will harness our energies and focus our work to inspire learning, advance knowledge and enrich society.

Business and economic sustainability

Dr Lois Farquharson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Management and the Business School Dr Lois Farquharson, Executive Dean, the Bournemouth University Business School

Our Business School boasts accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), an accolade gained by fewer than 5% of universities worldwide. 

BU, its staff and students contribute more than £1 million a day to the South West region. Each year, we contribute £378 million to the South West region, and £252 million to the local conurbation.

Our research in areas relating to business and finance generate an important impact for the local community, businesses and policymakers alike. In addition, the external funding we have obtained in these sectors includes working with the most prestigious funding bodies, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), British Academy and European Union.

Digital and technological futures

#digitechfutures launch 4 BU Vice Chancellor Professor John Vinney visiting Blue Zoo animation studio in London

As highlighted in our recent #digitechfutures campaign, BU’s work across the digital and technological sectors is both varied and notable. This ranges from our impact in areas such as visual effects and immersive environments, to assistive and medical technology.

Our commitment to these areas is reflected in our investments to the BU estate – from world-class media production facilities at our Poole Gateway building, to the state-of-the-art equipment for the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences at the Bournemouth Gateway development.

Environment, culture and heritage

Anthropology students and lecturer Our collection of human skeletal remains, comprising more than 700 specimens, is one of the largest such collections to be held by any UK university

BU is renowned for its contribution to cultural academia, both in studies of the past and producing the media professionals of the future.

Our School of Journalism, English and Communication is the home of the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice (CEMP) in the UK. In the areas of archaeology, anthropology and forensic science, we collaborate on research with a wide range of organisations around the world, including Dorset Police and Police Scotland, the Russian Academy of Sciences, International Commission for Missing Persons, European Commission, German Archaeological Institute, Department for Transport, National Trust, English Heritage and The Environment Agency.

BU research also contributes significantly to environmental conservation through a variety of research projects – from enhancing energy efficiency to protecting the future of endangered species. 

Global security

Cyber Security lab The BU cyber security lab

BU’s research makes an impact in the area of global security in a variety of contexts, reflecting the multifaceted make-up of our research environment.

Examples include Associate Professor in International Law, Dr Sascha Dov Bachmann’s work in the area of hybrid warfare and lawfare, which is repeatedly referenced on the NATO virtual desktop and was cited in the House of Commons Defence Committee’s 12th Report of Session 2017–2019 (pdf 7.2mb).

Elsewhere, our Disaster Management Centre has worked with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO), and our investments in state-of-the-art technologies provide a cutting-edge environment for our work in cybersecurity.

Health and wellbeing

Topping out ceremony at Bournemouth Gateway Building with Kate Adie BU Chancellor Kate Adie marking the completion of the Bournemouth Gateway’s concrete frame

We are involved in world-leading research projects in the area of health and wellbeing and work hard to ensure that our research involves patients, practitioners and research users, so that we are responding to issues at the forefront of health and social care practice. Our research influences policy and professional practice at a local, national and international level.

Our investment in the new Bournemouth Gateway Building will provide over 10,000m2 of teaching and research facilities for the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (HSS) including seminar rooms, a lecture theatre, library, catering facilities, office accommodation and specialist skills facilities.

This building will also act as the host for a range of state-of-the-art technologies designed to underpin research and support student learning, including an MRI scanner, ultrasound equipment, mock operating theatre and ambulance simulation suite.

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