Bournemouth University is a public university in Bournemouth, England, with its main campus situated in neighbouring Poole. The university was founded in 1992; however, the origins of its predecessor date back to the early 1900s.

The university currently has over 16,000 students, including over 3,000 international students. The university is recognised for its work in the media industries. Graduates from the university have worked on a number of Hollywood films, including Gravity, which was awarded the Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards in 2015.

In 2017 Bournemouth University received a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, a government assessment of the quality of undergraduate teaching in universities and other higher education providers in England.


National rankings
Complete (2022) 86
Guardian (2022) 65
Times / Sunday Times (2022) 94
Global rankings
QS (2022) 751-800
THE (2022) 351-400
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework[25] Silver


In 2011 the university was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, for “world-class computer animation teaching with wide scientific and creative applications”. In 2014 the courses at the university were praised by the Prime Minister in Parliament.

Rankings and Reputation

Bournemouth University appeared for the first time in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2015/16: ranked joint 401–500 in the world and 57th among UK universities. The university experienced a brief upward trend in national rankings: in 2016, it rose from 65th to 54th in The Complete University Guide from 71st to 63rd place in The Guardian University League Table and from 88th to joint 82nd in the Sunday Times Good University Guide.[31] The high salary increases awarded to Bournemouth University Vice Chancellor John Vinney were justified as a reflection of this improvement.