In 2006 the GTA was proud to be awarded University Centre status by Bournemouth University. This recognised the joint belief that access to higher education should be widened and made available in ways that fully implemented equal opportunities, and ensured that students were involved in educational experiences that gave rise to personal and social fulfilment; as well as looking to meet local needs for a better-educated and skilled population.
The award also recognised the standards of care offered by the GTA towards the university’s students, and the collaborative approach to the delivery of graduate programmes.
Being associated with, and accredited by, an internationally-recognised UK university is a major boost to Guernsey’s global reputation.
Bournemouth University attracts very positive feedback from its students, from both on-campus and off-campus. Across its four faculties there are nearly 1,200 academic staff working to deliver over 120 graduate programmes, with many experienced former practitioners delivering on the MSc Corporate Governance which is offered locally.
Research is an integral part of BU, providing solutions to real-world problems and informing the education it delivers. Its students are a key part of this research, co-creating knowledge and playing a crucial role in everything BU do. In the most recent UK Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 96% of BU research was rated as internationally recognised or higher, with 18% ranked as world-leading.
Key ongoing research projects at the university include the development of adaptable prosthetics for amputees, investigating prosopagnosia (more commonly known as face blindness) and creating training programmes to help with the condition, and looking at ways to make tourist and leisure attractions more dementia-friendly.
The BU community includes around 19,000 students; with approximately 2,600 international students from over 120 countries. Its four faculties offer degrees in creative, professional, technological, scientific and humanities specialisms; and it is ranked in the top 150 young universities in the world according to the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings 2019.