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Annual Review 2015

BU proud

Celebrating staff, student and alumni successes from 2014/15.

BU graduate Luke Gniwecki was one of the stars at this year's Grads for Growth celebration, winning the Graduate Acheivement Award for his branding work with Kestrel Medical Limited.

The Big Dig made national headlines this year when archaeology students uncovered the remains of an Iron Age town - nicknamed Duropolis. The remains of over 120 Iron Age dwellings were unearthed on the Winterborne Kingston site in Dorset. 

Students and staff helped promote the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta by producing four media installations for Salisbury Cathedral. Two films, an animation and an interactive piece were created for the exhibition, which is expected to attract over 250,000 visitors a year. 

BU was ranked 'first class' in the University League 2015 for environmental and ethical performance. BU was placed seventh out of 151 universities in the table, compiled by People & Planet, and acheived a 'first class' rating for the fifth year.

Nerve Radio won four Student Radio Awards; winning gold for Best Entertainment Programme, scooping bronze for Best Technical Acheivement and received the Kevin Greening Creativity Award, while Emily Sandford gained a bronze award for Best Female Presenter.

BSc (Hons) Nutrition student Jacqui Neale was accepted at the British Conference of Undergraduate Research in Winchester. Her submissin was based on her dissertation, entitled: Critical evaluation of the dietary habits of free living older people in pre- and post-ill health. 

A hospitality management student saw off competition from finalists to be crowned one of two Young Guns 2015. Oliver Constant took the coveted hospitality industry title, awarded by the Council of Hospitality Management Education. 

At the Royal Television Awards 2015, Katy Davis won the Student Documentary category with It's Just Play and Scott Craig won the Student Open category with Justice Inc.

Over 40 Bournemouth University graduates worked on Oscar and BAFTA-winning film Interstellar, which was recognised for its visual effects. Interstellar won the Special Visual Effects BAFTA at the 2015 awards ceremony and Best Visual Effects Oscar, with BU graduate Andy Lockley and honorary doctorate Paul Franklin invited on stage to pick up the awards.

Three BU graduates from BA (Hons) Interactive Media Production have been awarded a BAFTA at the British Academy Games Awards. Katherine Bidwell, Lucke Whittaker and Daniel Fountain won the award for Artistic Acheivement for their game Lumino City, beating the likes of Assasin's Creed Unity and Far Cry 4

Two Bournemouth University students received awards from the Institute of Travel and Tourism (ITT) at the House of Commons in recognition of their hard work and talent. Zornitza Yovcheva won the PhD Student of the Year award for her work into how augmented reality applications could enhance the experience of tourists, and final year Tourism Management student Laura McKendrick won an ITT Centre of Excellence Student of the Year award. 

Sport at BU

BU acheived 28th position in its best season ever of British Unviersity and Colleges Sport (BUCS).

Six BU teams made it to the South West region Conference Cup finals, with women's lacrosse and netball 1st teams and men's football 2nd team all securing their respective titles. 

Saskia Sills won the BUCS Windsurfing Championship and Martina Mercinelli won gold at the BUCS Championship, while women's volleyball 1st team acheived third place in the BUCS Championships. 

The men's football 1st team had a fantastic season and reached the final of the national trophy. 

Over 3,000 people participated in SportBU's Free Your Fitness programme so far, which aims to get more people active and involved in exercise.