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Annual Review 2016

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Reality of financial scamming in the UK highlighted during Parliament event

A new guide produced by BU has been launched at an awareness-raising event at the House of Commons, highlighting the problem of financial scamming in the UK.

The event, hosted and opened by Conor Burns MP, marked the launch of a campaign to raise public awareness and push for change in how financial scamming is prevented in the UK. The event included an address from Bournemouth University’s Professor Keith Brown, who has coordinated the research around financial scam prevention, in relation to vulnerable people in society.

Bournemouth University, in partnership with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, National Trading Standards Scams Team, North Yorkshire Trading Standards, and City of London Trading Standards, has created a Financial Scamming Guide to offer advice and guidance on what to watch for and how to avoid falling foul of scamming techniques and schemes.

The guide describes the types of scams currently taking place in the UK, as well as the scale of the problem, and outlines the campaign plan to protect vulnerable people from falling victims to scams. It also describes the sophisticated methods used by criminals to target people, sometimes over a long period of time.

Professor Brown, Director of the National Centre for Post-Qualifying Social Work (NCPQSW) at BU, said, “When it comes to financial scamming, one thing we are really concerned about is the scale of the problem. We are trying to raise public awareness of this and campaigning for change.”

Professor Brown was not the only BU academic to present his work at Westminster in 2016. BU’s Dr Dan Jackson and Dr Einar Thorsen, alongside Loughborough University’s Professor Dominic Wring, were at Westminster to launch their analysis of the 2016 EU Referendum, which features comment and opinion from academic experts from a number of institutions.

Post-Brexit debate held at BU

Businesses at a major Brexit summit in Dorset hailed ‘confidence’ as the vital factor in forging a successful future outside of the EU.

The event, held by Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) and hosted at Bournemouth University, was attended by more than 130 people.

Entitled ‘Brexit: What Next for Business?’ it focused on the need for greater Government consultation and communication with the business community to end uncertainty and boost belief in the economy.

The panel of business leaders comprised BU economist Professor Nigel Jump, NatWest head of corporate Anthony Donohue, Savills (UK) Ltd senior planning director Richard Shaw, Daily Echo editor and head of news Andy Martin, Steele Raymond solicitors managing partner Peter Rolph and Sunseeker International chief executive officer Phil Popham.

Professor John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University and DCCI chief executive Ian Girling welcomed delegates before panellists gave an insight from their sector and the floor was opened for questions.

Bournemouth University and AFC Bournemouth announce continuation of partnership

Bournemouth University has extended its partnership with AFC Bournemouth, to become Official Higher Education Partners for the 2016-17 Premier League season.  

The university and the club have had an established partnership since 2013, with AFC Bournemouth rising into the Premier League and to the highest ever league finish in the club’s history during that time.

Activity undertaken as a part of the partnership last season, AFC Bournemouth’s first season in the Premier League, included a number of student ambassadors working to help supporters during match days, gaining work experience and supporting the club in the delivery of games.

Now in its second year, the ‘BU Big Match’ will see a week of events involving schools and the local community, as well as BU staff, students and alumni.

Rob Mitchell, Commercial Director at AFC Bournemouth and a Bournemouth University graduate, said, “We are delighted to be working with Bournemouth University again this season and continue what has been a very fruitful partnership. Both AFC Bournemouth and Bournemouth University are big organisations within the local area, and committed to the community they are based in, so I am sure that this partnership extension will be to the benefit of BU students, staff, and the local community, as well as us here at the football club.”