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Exchanging ideas; building opportunities

Public engagement

BU’s busy calendar of events sees us engage with thousands of people in the local community and further afield. Coupled with our successful partnerships, this helps connect society with our research as well as local and international organisations, businesses and employers. It’s also integral to our commitment to stimulating economic growth in our region as part of our knowledge exchange strategy.

By promoting innovation, creativity and an exchange of expertise and ideas, we continue to increase collaboration and facilitate wider networks.

Festival of Learning and Global Festival of Learning

Festival of Learning logoThe 2017 edition of the Festival of Learning – the fifth overall – was another great success, welcoming people to more than 140 free events across Bournemouth and Poole.

This included family events, CPD workshops, business events, interactive sessions and opportunities to use our facilities on campus. It also shone a light on BU’s research and how it benefits both those in our region and people worldwide.

The festival was preceded by the Global Festival of Learning, which took place in Indonesia, Malaysia, India and China.

In total, 6,500 visitors attended the festivals worldwide. Next year’s event will take place in June – find out more.

Festival of Enterprise

Festival of Enterprise 2017 brandingThe annual Festival of Enterprise started in 2015, and has since hosted a range of events connecting entrepreneurs, local businesses, and health professionals – and even hosting a UK film premiere.

The 2017 incarnation saw workshops and events touching upon branding and culture, business growth and innovation. It also welcomed schools and colleges to a series of workshops in collaboration with Dorset Chamber for Commerce and Industry and local companies.

Find out more about the festival


Star Wars characters at BFXLaunched in 2013, BFX celebrates the visual effects, animation and gaming industries – all areas in which BU students excel.

Incorporating a student competition hosted by our National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), the event takes place over a week-long period, incorporating a range of speakers, workshops, exhibitions, a careers fair and film screenings.

Renowned speakers from leading effects and games studios showcase leading-edge work at the festival. This included blockbusters such as Guardians of the Galaxy II in 2017 – and the previous year saw a homecoming for BU graduate and Oscar winner Mark Ardington, talking about his work on sci-fi thriller Ex Machina.

More than 60 BU graduates worked on films shortlisted in the Visual Effects category at the 2017 Oscars. Find out more about BFX.

Festival of Design & Engineering

Festival of Design & Engineering logoThis annual exhibition of final year projects by Design and Engineering students (previously known as the Design & Engineering Show) showcases an array of designs, models and prototypes from the next generation of talent.

Many of our students’ projects are the direct result of industry collaboration – offering solutions to real-life problems. These are frequently based on issues encountered during students’ placement years.

Visit the festival’s website to find out more about the work on display in 2017 and previous years. The event will return in 2018 on 22, 23 and 25 June. 

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique

A place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.