Our origins can be traced to the early 20th century, with the foundation of Bournemouth Municipal College. Our modern history began in the early 1970s with the creation of the Bournemouth College of Technology, and the construction of new buildings on the largest farm in Talbot Village – the area now known as our Talbot Campus.
By the time the new buildings were completed, in 1976, the Dorset Education Committee had reviewed the way it provided further and higher education throughout the county. The result was that our name changed again, this time to the Dorset Institute of Higher Education.
In 1990, we successfully met the requirements of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council and became Bournemouth Polytechnic, but that name only lasted a little over two years. Under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 we finally became Bournemouth University, with an inauguration ceremony on 27 November that year.
As a full university, we were able to validate our own degrees for the first time, and we have grown steadily ever since. Today, we’re proud to offer over 150 undergraduate degrees and almost 100 Master’s degrees. We conduct world-leading research, and our academic staff are heavily involved in developing professional practice in many different industries.