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Bournemouth University

Poole | South West England

Varied union activities Town Campus By the sea

Ucas code: B50

Bournemouth University offers a diverse range of courses from advertising to midwifery, and has a variety of award-winning facilities. The Students' Union at BU runs campaigns throughout the year and provides outstanding advice and exciting events, club nights, volunteering and fundraising opportunities. Our Media School is the only Centre for Excellence in Media Practice in the UK.
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What students say about this university

Dialog 1167 comments (289 students)
    • The downside

      Tourism Batchelors degree not so good. It would be useful to have certain modules disacarded/adapted and new ones brought in to...

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      2012, 3rd year, Social Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

      The downside

      Tourism Batchelors degree not so good. It would be useful to have certain modules disacarded/adapted and new ones brought in to keep up to date. Many tutors at Batchelor level have not worked in the field they are teaching. This leads to a lot of theory that, in some cases, is not valid in the "real" world. BU does not have enough access to computers and areas to work in, especially in the bad weather. Also not enough relaxing areas, again especially in the bad weather. It needs more of these facilities than some cosmetic investments. Lecture theatres are cold and uncomfortable. Not enough discussion face to face (focus groups) with students to ascertain their wants and needs. Surveys do not tell the true story and take up is low.

      2012, 3rd year, Social Studies Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      Most students are in the same boat, struggling for money. This is for various reasons, but don't let that suck you in. Organise...

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      2016, 2nd year, Producing Motion Pictures

      The upside

      Most students are in the same boat, struggling for money. This is for various reasons, but don't let that suck you in. Organise things so when you go out, buy new things or buy food you know what you're spending and not doing things in the moment (it happens). Although the library has many books available, sometimes people often buy their own books, and often they're not cheap. There are many bars, restaurants, clubs and shops so theres always places to find part time work, and also the university has jobs thats well paid.

      2016, 2nd year, Producing Motion Pictures

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    • Nightlife

      There will always be that one(or two) lecturers that don't give a damn about you or your work just like you had in Secondary...

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      2016, 1st year, Animation Techniques

      Nightlife

      There will always be that one(or two) lecturers that don't give a damn about you or your work just like you had in Secondary School. My course requires a lot of work outside of uni but at the same time I am in uni the most hours in the week compared to people on a different course because there is so much to learn in such a small amount of time. I'm in uni everyday of the week (there is the occasional day off) which isn't common among other subjects. But the topics we cover are fascinating albeit a explained in a long-winded way sometimes. The reason I say we are in uni often is not just for lectures and workshops. The facilities are great here and you will usually prefer to stay in the computer labs to work on your projects than go home to a noisy flat to do work. The course is extremely challenging but fun at the same time. Be prepared for a lot of pressure and stress even when starting out in first year. Most of our work is practical. You will be using the software in order to learn the software. Workshops are the most common type of lesson we have in uni but we do still get lectures. There is a small essay portion which is required every single year on the course but the majority is learning about production pipeline and working in industry. Feedback is very hit and miss depending on the lecturer. Some may be excellent and giving continuous feedback throughout the project while others won't reply to your inquiries for about a week. Not to worry though, if you can't get help from your lecturers there are the assisting lecturers that are available to help you if you run into any problems and can't get any help from the lecturer who is leading your project/assignment.

      2016, 1st year, Animation Techniques

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    • Academic Experience

      Halo sucks and is a waste of money. Lost gardens is great and so is toast tuesdays at yates. Cameo Wednesday's are extremely...

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      2016, 1st year, Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified

      Academic Experience

      Halo sucks and is a waste of money. Lost gardens is great and so is toast tuesdays at yates. Cameo Wednesday's are extremely popular but I personally find it repetitive. I like sound circus and district because I'm into alternative music

      2016, 1st year, Psychology Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Careers

      Halls in first year was the best year of accommodation because it provides everything you need included in!! (apart from the...

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      2016, 4th year, Marketing Not Elsewhere Classified

      Careers

      Halls in first year was the best year of accommodation because it provides everything you need included in!! (apart from the laundry and food). it definitely lived up to my expectations as I had an image in my head from my brother's uni halls and this matched it, lots of friends, felt safe and secure, bills included etc!the best aspect was definitely having an ensuite and living in a whole building with other students because you meet so many people and there is always someone there if you're bored! the worst aspect was that it was a bit too expensive because the student loan didn't even cover the rent!There are some halls which are better than others, the year i started, Dorchester opened as brand new and it was the most expensive halls but it was insanely nice there, everything was new with leather sofas, a massive kitchen with marble and wood furniture and they had a double bed with an ensuite! some halls were not as nice but they all had ensuites which was really good!

      2016, 4th year, Marketing Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Careers

      Even though the notion is sad, everyone knows that universities are still businesses and that their aim is to make money. You'd...

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      2016, 1st year, Creative Arts & Design Not Elsewhere Classified

      Careers

      Even though the notion is sad, everyone knows that universities are still businesses and that their aim is to make money. You'd think that their second aim is to educate the next generation, but no. Their second aim is to not lose money.I'm not sure how far down 'educating' is on their list of priorities, and I dislike to group together all the good and helpful tutors and lecturers out there, but the costs of being at university... are just not really worth it. You want an education? Teach yourself while you have a part time job and enjoy the world. Plus the food on campus is awful and very expensive.If you are however set on going to Uni, I recommend shopping at places like Aldi and Lidl, where veg, bread, milk etc and all other necessities are relatively cheap. DON'T BUY NEW CLOTHES. If you want new clothes, trust me - go to CHARITY shops.

      2016, 1st year, Creative Arts & Design Not Elsewhere Classified

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Varied union activities

75%

HIGH

Sporty

66%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

72%

MED

Creative

60%

MED

Political

41%

LOW

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 94% LOW
Student satisfaction score 75% MED
Average graduate salary £21k MED

Number of students

19,046

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

80%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

24%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

42%

of students are male

Young / Mature

24%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

14%

of students here are from outside the UK

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