Access and Participation Plans
BU takes a whole-institution approach to widening access and participation. Our commitments are outlined in our Access and Participation Plans, approved by the Office for Students. Plans are developed in conjunction with our Students' Union (SUBU), and BU’s Faculties and Professional Services.
The strategic measures in our Access and Participation Plans are designed to address performance gaps across the student lifecycle for our target groups, including Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
2019-20 Access and Participation Plan
For students who joined BU in the 2019-20 academic year, the 2019-20 Access and Participation Plan (pdf 649kb) applies to all those who are eligible, for the duration of their undergraduate study.
Performance against our commitments and targets in the 2019-20 Access and Participation Plan, along with planned actions for Access and Participation, can be found in our BU Impact Report (pdf 237kb).
2020-21 to 2024-25 Access and Participation Plan
For students who join BU between 2020-21 and 2024-25 academic years (inclusive), the 2020-21 to 2024-25 Access and Participation Plan (pdf 600kb) applies to all those who are eligible, for the duration of their undergraduate study. View a summary of the 2020-21 to 2024-25 access and participation plan (pdf 162kb).
The following fee information applies to all eligible students covered by our Access and Participation Plan entering in 2021-22 and 2022-23 respectively:
Previously, BU has produced Fair Access Agreements to outline our commitments in this area. These are available to download from the Office for Students. The Access Agreement that is relevant for students is from the academic year in which they started their studies with us.
Access and transparency
All UK universities registered with the Office for Students are required to publish information relating to their undergraduate applications, offers, acceptances, registrations (or enrolments) and attainment. Visit our access and transparency page to view this information.
Access to information
We try to make it easy for you to find out about us and the information we hold about you. We do this by publishing routine information about the university that might be useful to our staff, students, suppliers and the public. We also have procedures in place to process requests for other information, including requests for your own information.
You can find out more about accessing the information we hold by visiting our Access to Information pages.
We are committed to ethical standards of business conduct and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to bribery and corruption in all jurisdictions.
Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech
We are legally required to have a Code of Practice on Freedom of Speech (pdf 208kb). This explains our obligation to secure freedom of speech within the law and, where applicable, the procedure for obtaining approval of meetings or events taking place on our premises or away from our premises where the meeting or event is associated with the university (for example where the university's branding is used).
Information on the University's main committees, including non-confidential minutes and terms of reference, are available on our Committee Pages.
Degree Outcomes Statement
In May 2019, the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) published a Statement of Intent which recommended that institutions awarding degrees should publish a 'Degree Outcomes Statement' including an analysis of final classifications for students at Level 6 of the Framework of Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ).
The statement is intended to demonstrate how the University is meeting the expectations of the Quality Code, and the Office for Students ongoing conditions of registration (B4 and B5) relating to protecting the value of qualifications. The Degree Outcomes Statement has been developed in line with the published guidance from UKSCQA and QAA, and was approved by Senate and University Board.
In accordance with best governance practice, we undertake periodic independent reviews of our Board governance. Read the latest review report (pdf 185kb).
We maintain a hospitality register as part of our commitment under the Anti-Bribery Policy and Procedures. We publish extracts from the hospitality register relating to members of the University Board and members of our Leadership Team and these are available here:
Register of interests
We have a Conflicts of Interest Policy and Procedures which you can view here:
We publish extracts of the register of interests relating to the University Board and members of our Leadership Team and these are available here:
- University Board Register of Interests (pdf 65kb)
- University Leadership Team Declarations of Interests 2023 (pdf 93kb)
Remuneration Committee Annual Reports
SUBU code of practice
We are legally required to have a code of practice for the Students' Union at Bournemouth University (pdf 189kb). This explains how we work with our students’ union which is a separate registered charity.
University Board Members' Code of Conduct
It is good governance practice for boards of trustees or directors to have agreed Codes of Conduct for their members and the revised CUC HE Code of Governance sets out an expectation that University Boards will have a formalised Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct sets out the standards and behaviours that are expected of University Board Members whether acting individually or collectively as a Board.
University Executive Team Expenses
We publish summaries of claims paid to members of the University Executive Team for expenses incurred in the course of carrying out their roles. These are published quarterly in line with the University’s financial year (1 August to 31 July) commencing from November 2017