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Employability in practice

Two recent university initiatives showed how employability is central to the BU experience. Vice-Chancellor John Vinney met graduates of a variety of our courses who all work at Bournemouth Hospital, while a research project in the Isle of Purbeck highlighted how current students gain real-world experience during their time here.

Meeting BU’s Bournemouth Hospital graduates

In November 2016, Vice-Chancellor John Vinney met BU graduates working across the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust (RBCH). The graduates had studied subjects ranging from Mental Health Nursing to Law and Public Relations demonstrating the breadth and employability of the university’s courses.

Marie Miller, Matron for Cancer Care, nursing graduate 

“I started at BU, when I trained to be a pre-registered nurse, and have since completed my degree and Master’s at the university. My role involves the leadership of the whole cancer care directorate. My time at Bournemouth University has given me the capacity to grow and develop as a nurse, enhancing my skills and knowledge in cancer care, but also leadership and management techniques and styles.”

Anneliese Harrison, Assistant Trust Secretary, law graduate

“When an opportunity arose at the trust, I thought it sounded interesting and would present the opportunity to do a variety of things to challenge my knowledge and use the different areas of my degree. The support and the way the degree course was run was really beneficial, and helped me obtain skills that I’ve definitely been able to use in my job here.”

Richard Renaut, RBCH Chief Operating Officer

“The relationship with the university is great for us and we really benefit from that, as do our patients. There are lots of great things we are doing together, and it’s wonderful to celebrate the people that are working in the local community and the personal development, as well as the economic benefit, that the university brings to the town.”

Read more about the hospital visit.

Isle of Purbeck research project

Students, led by Dr Anita Diaz and Dr Liz Franklin, have been working with the National Trust and RSPB in the Isle of Purbeck to monitor heathland habitats and develop more effective conservation methods for the area. The project has been a fantastic way of developing skills, putting academic knowledge into practice and bolstering their experience – which will be a real advantage when applying for jobs.

Michelle Brown, National Trust Ecology

 “I’m passionate about the collaboration between BU and the National Trust. In such as a competitive industry, graduates who can show practical experience with conservation organisations increase their chance of standing out from the crowd.”

Dr Anita Diaz, Associate Professor in Ecology

“The project was the result of a longstanding relationship with the National Trust and RSPB, who wanted to carry out a series of ecological monitoring surveys. It was a great opportunity to get BU students involved in hands-on environmental research.”

Kate Rickard, BSc (Hons) Ecology & Wildlife Conservation student

“Being a team leader helped improve my confidence with people I don’t know very well. I improved my practical skills in identifying pollinators and plants too. It was really useful seeing how a scientific research project is planned, organised and carried out.”

Read more about the project.

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