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You can support our good work and give the next generation of graduates a helping hand in many different ways.
Inspiring the next generation
Share your story
What was studying at BU like for you? What have you achieved since you graduated? What advice would you give future students?
Today's students really value the advice, opinions and experience of alumni. Share your story and you could help inspire a graduate of the future.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and if there's an opportunity to feature you on our website or in other publicity materials, we'll be in touch.
Or tell us more...
- If you'd like to go into a bit more detail, feel free!
- Graduate profile form - Word (100kb) - download our template to complete at your leisure, then send it back to us by e-mail or post.
Become an international alumni ambassador
Every year, BU welcomes students from all over the world to study in Bournemouth.
Our International Alumni Ambassadors are those who have completed their studies and are proud to share their experiences with those thinking about studying in the UK.
If you are a former international student and would like to help promote BU in your home country, find out more about being an International Alumni Ambassador.
If you are thinking about studying at BU from overseas, and would like to speak to a graduate from your home country, please contact our International Marketing and Student Recruitment Team.
Meet our International Alumni Ambassadors
Name: Vedat Guntay
Course studied: MA Digital Effects
Home country: Turkey
When it came to researching the best university for my Master’s degree, I found that Bournemouth University had a strong tradition in teaching computer graphics and visual effects. The university’s National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA) had a great reputation and I hoped to gain real-world industry knowledge from the course.
MA Digital Effects offers a unique blend of art and science. The course is not just about teaching software or learning the theory of visual effects. It helps you to understand the visual effects world through real, hands-on experiences and practice. One very special thing was having guess lecturers from industry. I remember Paul Franklin gave as a lecture about his visual effects work on the Inception film. That was a phenomenal experience for us. A couple of weeks after that lecture, Paul and his team at Double Negative were honored at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, in the category of best visual effects.
Of course, there is more to consider when choosing a university than the course alone. Life is not just about learning, it’s also about discovering yourself and your potential. Bournemouth is a great environment to explore. During my year on the course I visited so much of the Dorset area. And of course, going to beach and relaxing on the cliff tops is essential. The scenery is always mesmerising. Another really important aspect of the experience was living in the student village on campus. It meant that you could access university facilities quickly and easily and also meant that you didn’t miss any part of campus life.
After graduation I applied to visual effects and computer animation studios in the UK, but also to lecturer roles at UK universities. Because of my experience at BU, I was keen to explore teaching visual effects. I had an offer from Kingston University to work as a demonstrator and lecturer in computer animation. After this I began to look at other teaching opportunities. I applied to TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Turkey and I am now working as a full-time lecturer. My role involves teaching undergraduate students in the fields of computer graphics, computer aided design, computer animation, visual effects design and motion graphics.
I enjoy seeing how the students learn and grow in their skills and knowledge. Things change so quickly in the computer graphics industry, so learning and teaching is constantly needed and this has become my passion. I learnt such a lot from the MA Digital Effects course and the skills and knowledge it gave me changed my life forever.
Name: Cansu Kurt Green
Home country: Turkey
Course studied: MSc Forensic Osteology
I chose to study MSc Forensic Osteology as I was already working within the archaeological field and wanted to expand my knowledge about the forensics side of the discipline.
I chose BU was simply for one lecturer, and I was lucky enough to have him as my supervisor for my thesis. I had a rough idea about what I wanted to focus on for my graduation project and Martin Smith is one of the very best within this field, who has a genuine interest and passion for education, as well as patience for his students.
I was also impressed by the support from the rest of the academic staff and it was an amazing experience to meet students from so many different backgrounds and countries.
The best thing about studying the course was the emphasis on hands-on training and access to the labs, collections and materials. We did a mock-mass grave excavation, as well as a plane crash investigation at Bournemouth Airport. All of the osteology classes were supported with visual material and most amazingly we were all given one skeleton to work on as an assignment during the year.
As a full-time international student, there are times when you get homesick, but I was lucky enough to have the support from staff and former class-mates and I have to admit that doing the Masters full time keeps you really busy anyway.
I fell in love with Bournemouth, and wanted to stay here. Coming from a hectic city, Bournemouth is a gem of calmness and nice scenery. I am currently working as a Postgraduate Research Administrator for BU’s Faculty of Science and Technology, within the Doctoral College. I am responsible for two departments and I manage the lifecycle of Postgraduate Researchers from enrolment until they graduate.
Achieving a degree at BU was a bit of an eye-opening process for me. It was the first time that I had lived abroad by myself and had to make independent decisions. I developed great friendships and support and also developed my language skills, without which I wouldn’t be brave enough to stay and take up a full-time job. I am the first one in my family to have completed postgraduate study in a foreign country, so that is a very proud achievement for the whole family.
Name: Eunji Yun
Course studied: MA 3D Computer Animation
Home country: Busan, South Korea
My talents in art and computing came together when I chose my major at university. I discovered that I could learn computer programs which related to computer graphics and therefore I decided to study computer engineering at university.
Eventually, I realised that it would be helpful to study programming for 3D animation. My university offered interviews to study overseas and, after finding that the United Kingdom is one of the main countries for visual effects, I contacted the academic lead from Bournemouth University. I was able to speak to the course leader, and some current students, who provided me with the information I needed to confirm my decision to continue my animation path at Bournemouth University.
The best thing about the MA 3D Computer Animation course was that I could meet nice people, tutors and classmates. Everyone was kind and friendly. Also, classmates were all talented in various areas, which meant that I could learn new things from them.
The student accommodation was close to lots of shops, which made it convenient. It was also easy to go to the beach, which helped to relieve stress. In addition, the natural environment in Bournemouth was quite similar to my home town, so I could overcome homesickness quickly.
To conclude, I have beautiful memories of studying in Bournemouth. It was an unforgettable experience.
Name: Luke Eda
Course studied: LLM Public International Law
Home country: Nigeria
I choose to study at Bournemouth because the university’s law department has a particular interest in the field of public international law, which complements my own research interests. The course offered me an opportunity to develop my research skills, which significantly improved my ability to put forward ideas clearly and concisely.
The university is blessed with some of the best academics in the world and a friendly student support community. I loved every bit of my stay in Bournemouth. The town offers a peaceful and homely environment with a lot of tourist attractions and amazing sandy beaches.
Studying at a UK university gave me the opportunity to understand the world better and share the values of our common humanity together.
After completing my initial qualification, I decided to further my studies at BU. I strongly believe that my doctoral studies will advance my academic career goals by adding to my skill set, as well as allowing me to learn within a supported, friendly environment that I am already familiar with. I believe that the university is adequately preparing me to meet the demands of my long-term career aspirations. I want to be an academic. I see myself teaching different aspects of the law within the higher education sector in the years ahead.
Back to school scheme
Share your journey and inspire the next generation of students by revisiting your previous school or college.
BU would like you to go back to your school or college to present information about life at university and the opportunities on offer.
To contact your local school or college to organise:
- A presentation to Years 12 and 13, and years 10 and 11 if applicable
- A question and answer session
- Any other relevant content as negotiated with the school
'Back to School' is not only to promote university life in general but also Bournemouth University and your great experiences here.
Support from BU
BU's support for you will include:
- Email template for sending to the school or college after initial phone conversation
- Presentation containing all key information about BU, ready for you to adapt to make it your own
- Help with any queries you may have
If you are interested in taking part, please fill in your details to get the full brief and tools to enable you to take part.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss taking part in more detail, email us or call 01202 963999.
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