Welcome to Bournemouth University
Undergraduate Programmes - part 1
Undergraduate Programmes - part 2
Undergraduate Programmes - part 3
Postgraduate Programmes - part 1
Postgraduate Programmes - part 2
Corporate Plan 2006 - 2012
Future International Students
Facilities & Resources - Sports
Why Choose BU?
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The University's origins can be traced to the early part of the 20th century with the foundation of the former Bournemouth Municipal College. Its modern history began in the early 1970s with the creation of the Bournemouth College of Technology. Construction of the new buildings on what was the largest farm in Talbot Village was completed by September of 1976.
During this time, the Dorset Education Committee reviewed the provision of further and higher education throughout the county. As a result, the College was renamed the Dorset Institute of Higher Education.
In 1990, the Dorset Institute successfully met all of the requirements of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council and was re-designated Bournemouth Polytechnic. Under the Higher & Further Education Act of 1992, the Polytechnic became Bournemouth University with inauguration on November 27th of the same year.
Throughout its life, Bournemouth University has developed a strong reputation for offering a wide range of opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate study, research and consultancy.
The number of students attending the University has risen to almost 16,000 within a quarter of a century. Inspired by an entrepreneurial spirit, the University continues in the development of learning opportunities and is amongst the leaders in the UK for graduate employment.
The University Crest
The College of Arms granted Bournemouth University a coat of arms in 1992, having undertaken a lengthy process of research and design.
How the Coat Of Arms is made up
The three dogs on the shield are Talbots - a traditional heraldic beast. They represent the fact that the main campus is on Talbot Heath and also show the close connection with the Talbot Village Trust. The Talbots are on a blue ground, representing the sea. The three crowns on the shield are three Saxon crowns representing the ancient kingdom of Wessex and the three boroughs of Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. They are red on a gold background.
The shield is supported on the right by a Griffin in red, representing Dorset, as the Griffin is part of the bearings of the county. The shield is also supported on the left by a Hart, representing Hampshire (the Hart being part of the bearings of that county).
The hand rising out of the helmet is a traditional heraldic depictment. It holds a scroll, representing learning. The translation of the motto 'Discere Mutari Est' is 'To Learn is to Change'.
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