University Centre

University Centre

In 2006 the GTA was awarded University Centre status by Bournemouth University. This recognises the joint belief that access to higher education should be widened and made available in ways that fully implemented equal opportunities, and ensured that students were involved in educational experiences that gave rise to personal and social fulfilment; as well as looking to meet local needs for a better-educated and skilled population.

The award also recognises the standards of care offered by the GTA towards the university’s students, and the collaborative approach to the delivery of graduate programmes.

Being associated with, and accredited by, and internationally-recognised UK university is a major boost to Guernsey’s global reputation.

Bournemouth University attracts very positive feedback from its students, from both on-campus and off-campus. Across its four faculties there are nearly 1,200 academic staff working to deliver over 120 graduate programmes, with many experienced former practitioners delivering on the MSc Corporate Governance which is offered locally.

The University has a reputation for researching key global challenges to enrich the world in which we live. It is organised around eight societally-driven themes;

  • creative and digital economies
  • culture and society
  • entrepreneurship and economic growth
  • environmental change and biodiversity
  • green economy and sustainability
  • health, wellbeing and ageing
  • leisure and recreation
  • technology and design.

80 percent of research from BU was rated as internationally excellent or world leading in the most recent REF (2014). BU was also fourth out of 11 universities in south west England for world-leading impact, behind Bristol, Bath and Exeter.

Key ongoing research projects at the university include the development of adaptable prosthetics for amputees, investigating prosopagnosia (more commonly known as face blindness) and creating training programmes to help with the condition, and looking at ways to make tourist and leisure attractions more dementia-friendly.

Knowledge exchange and public engagement are key to BU, and the university will hold its 5th Festival of Learning event in July 2017. From 8-12 July 2017 the festival brings learning to life with over 140 free activities on subjects ranging from dinosaurs to cybercrime.

To discuss university programmes available through the GTA please contact Kate Lenfestey, Head of University Programmes via email kate.lenfestey@gta.gg or directly on 01481-746889.

Local students celebrate their graduation at the GTA’s Presentation & Awards Ceremony at St James, November 2017