A different way of working

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Our purpose at BU is to inspire learning, advance knowledge and enrich society.  We believe that we can do this best by bringing together research, education and practice to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts. Each element informs and improves the others. We call this Fusion.

What we learn through our research influences our curriculum and is passed on to industry through engagement with practice. What we learn from working with industry gives us new ideas for research and helps us design and deliver courses that keep our students at the cutting edge of their chosen professions. And what we learn from delivering world-class education helps improve our research and practice.

We are flexible in leadership, giving our staff the freedom to come up with new ways of thinking and supporting them in delivering new solutions – whether it is a way of improving our curriculum, an exciting new direction for research or a business insight that can help the companies we work with to retain a competitive edge. 

We work without barriers, collaborating and sharing with each other to deliver world-leading, life-changing research that we are passionate about. Indeed, many of our projects involve academics from different faculties working together and we place a lot of emphasis on developing processes, structures and learning spaces that make it easier to work together.

We believe that these different elements combine to enable BU to offer something truly remarkable to the world. It helps us to think differently, so that not only are the solutions we provide unique, but the questions we ask are too.

More about BU:

Our faculties

Our faculties

Discover more about our faculties – their courses, research and the staff delivering world-class learning opportunities for undergraduates and postgraduates.

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Study at BU

Explore our courses and find out more about studying with us at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research levels.


Learn about our world-leading research and see how we've created an inclusive and innovative research community.

Robotic hip surgery by ORI

Robotic hip surgery by ORI

Find out how BU’s Orthopaedic Research Institute is engaged in a whole range of impactful projects that fuse research, education and practice.