Complex global challenges are a defining feature of today’s world. Universities can play a key role in addressing these challenges and shaping a future for generations to come that we are proud to leave as our legacy. At Bournemouth University we are working at the forefront of these challenges and doing so in a highly dynamic and integrated way. We combine our research, education and professional practice so that they reinforce each other and their impact is magnified. We call this Fusion.
In this edition you will discover how our academic community is working together through Fusion to co-create solutions to some of these global challenges and to better understand society and the world around us. You can also read about some of our newly funded projects and how these fit into the broader landscape of academic endeavour at BU.
Our students are a key part of our academic community, and in this issue you can read about their fieldwork in Indonesia and Nepal where they gain skills and experience that enhance their employability and will help them later on. In Indonesia, our students have been working with local charities to improve conservation practices, while in Nepal student journalists have been reporting on the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake.
This edition also highlights how our research collaborations extend our impact and make a real difference in the region. One example is our work with the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals, designed to humanise patient care. We also support our researchers to work alongside businesses, enabling them to create projects that provide new, innovative ideas and drive industries forward. Just one of the ways we do this is through Higher Education Innovation Funding, which allows us to support a wide range of projects designed to facilitate knowledge-based interactions between universities and the wider world.
We are extremely proud of the work that takes place at BU every day and hope that you enjoy seeing a small snapshot of it through the latest edition of the Bournemouth Research Chronicle.
Vice-Chancellor Professor John Vinney
Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor John Fletcher