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Bournemouth University inspires learning, advances knowledge and enriches society worldwide, through research, education, and the impact of its staff, students and graduates. BU is home to around 17,000 students from over 100 countries.
In 2023, BU was 41st in the world and first in the UK in the THE Young University Rankings, and is ranked 29th out of 1,591 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023, which measure universities all over the world against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. BU also ranked first in the UK for Decent Work and Economic Growth. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, 94% of BU’s research was rated as internationally recognised or higher.
Bournemouth University’s research, education and practice helps people live better for longer; protects and preserves a sustainable environment; helps to prepare for and recover from crisis; challenges marginalisation, misinformation and underrepresentation; and helps creative industries and cultural heritage to thrive. BU is a catalyst for growth in the region, with regional partnerships in healthcare, business and sport.
ICVR 2024 is jointly organised by the Hybrid Digital Physical Spaces (HDPS) Research Cluster (www.bournemouth.ac.uk/hybrid-spaces) and NCCA (National Centre for Computer Animation | Bournemouth University)
Bournemouth and Local areas
Famous for its seven-mile stretch of award-winning sandy beaches, Bournemouth is quite simply one of the most stunning coastal towns in the country.
With a population just shy of 200,000 and a thriving hub for a number of industries including the creative, financial and tourism sectors, Bournemouth offers the hustle and bustle of a vibrant town combined with a life by the sea.
But it’s not just about the amazing beaches (although we have to admit they are pretty special); the New Forest National Park is on our doorstep and the Jurassic Coast (which is England's only UNESCO natural World Heritage site) is just a short drive away. Plus, we are less than two hours from London (with direct trains to Waterloo) and we’ve got an international airport.
It’s not hard to see why many of our students settle in Bournemouth after graduating, often launching enterprises of their own.