Arts University Bournemouth Annual Report
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The Arts University Bournemouth is one of a small number of specialist institutions whose subject offer falls exclusively within the disciplines of arts, design, media and performance. Taken as a whole, these specialist universities have more than two thousand years of experience in teaching, learning and research in the subjects they offer. For our part, since our foundation in 1883, we have remained committed to a belief in the value of specialist provision and its outcomes in student achievement,
staff research and industry engagement. There is growing public appreciation of the value of the subjects we offer in arts, design, media and performance to the UK creative sector. The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK economy and contribute significantly to national income and employment. These industries are no longer at the margins of our economic life, but, increasingly, at its heart. The Arts University has a strong reputation for the progression of its graduates to
the creative industries and prides itself on the quality and entrepreneurial capability our graduates offer. High standards of education and scholarship demand equally high standards of resources in support. The Arts University has grown significantly over the last decade under the leadership of Professor Stuart Bartholomew. We have been actively investing in our staff, in the buildings on the Wallisdown campus and in associated infrastructure. Our commitment to specialist education in arts, design, media and performance is made in the belief that we make a significant contribution to the international reputation the UK holds in these subjects and recognises the challenges associated with the sustainability of high standards of research innovation and professional application in the creative sector. I am grateful to colleagues on the Governing Body who support the work of the Arts University. Their expertise adds measurably to the reputation we hold and the performance we achieve. The future of UK Higher Education requires good governance in partnership with strong academic leadership. I am confident that the Arts University Bournemouth will meet the challenges ahead and will continue to provide world class high quality education.