Chiara’s day out

chiara-graduationALS tutor, Amanda, attended Chiara’s graduation yesterday morning. She was an ALS student with dyslexia that Amanda has been supporting for several years. Chiara achieved a First BA (Hons) Marketing Communications in addition to the Faculty of Media and Communication’s Undergraduate Prize awarded to the undergraduate student whose performance or achievement is deemed by the Vice-Chancellor to have been most outstanding in their time at BU.


New research


New research suggests that eighty people hold half the world’s wealth.
New research suggests that death may be harmful to your health.
New research suggests that 9 in 10 people will suffer from suffering.
New research suggests that the greatest cause of stress is buffering.
New research suggests that there is no link between Shostakovich and bleach.
New research suggests that the average life expectancy is one life each.
New research suggests that poetry may be harmless.
New research suggests that tank tops may be armless.
New research suggests that Donald Trump may lead to complications in the bile duct.
New research suggests that happiness is an artificial construct.
New research suggests that artificial constructs can make you happy.
New research suggests that the ancient Egyptians invented acne.
New research suggests that Van Gogh’s cat painted Starry Night.
New research suggests that there may be life on Marmite.
New research suggests that hobnobs are better than digestives.
New research suggests that new research can be suggestive.
New research suggests that Elvis is dead.
New research suggests that I should stay in bed.

Brian Bilston

World Mental Health Day

mental-health-useBU recognises that the good mental health of our staff and students is vital to living life fully both inside and outside of work. World Mental Health Day is on Monday 10 October and to educate and help raise awareness around mental health issues, BU is hosting a wide variety of events between Monday 10 and Thursday 13 October.

Each day has a different focus and the week includes a variety of external speakers to give both personal and professional views on different mental illnesses, and information stands will provide additional advice and support.

For full details and to book onto any of the events, please see the World Mental Health Week Programme.

You can keep up to date with the events on Facebook and Twitter – and use #WMHDBU16 to find out what others are saying. Take a look at BU’s Time to Change videos which talks to people who live, work/study in Dorset, sharing their stories of their personal recovery from mental health issues.

Monday 10 October: Carers

Tuesday 11 October: Meeting mental health challenges in the community

Wednesday 12 October: Mental Health and homelessness

  • 9.40am – 10.20am The Big Issue Health Partnerships

    Simon Chilcott, Area Services Manager South West, The Big Issue Foundation and Melissa Scott Specialist Practitioner, Mental Health Homeless Service, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust.

Stephen Robertson Chief Executive Officer, Big Issue The Big Issue Foundation

Thursday 13 October: Mental Health and LGBT

Joanna Semlyen, Lecturer in Psychology/Mental Health, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia

Jonai da Silva, Mental Health Support Worker, DHUFT and LGBT rep, Unison.

Andy Hunt Intercom Trust’s Deputy Director, and Head of the Help Support and Advocacy Service. Jacqui Battle Intercom Trusts Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole support and advocacy worker.

Mandy Nicholson, Service Delivery Manager for Dorset Mind and Chris Price is Chair of Trustees and Interim CEO of Dorset Mind

  • Information stands/Art display

Other events happening throughout the week:

Tuesday 11 October

  • 10am – 4pm:Healthwatch Dorset; An opportunity to find out more the Healthwatch Dorset Young people’s project “Be yourself: everybody else is taken”.

Wednesday 12 October

  • 10am – 4pm: Poole Community Mental Health Team, Atirum, Poole House

Thursday 13 October

  • 10.30am – 2.30pm:Healthwatch Dorset; An opportunity to find out more the Healthwatch Dorset Young people’s project “Be yourself: everybody else is taken”.

The World Mental Health Day 2016 programme is a result of a collaboration between: Bournemouth University; Borough of Poole; Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust; Dorset Mental Health Forum; Dorset Mind and Healthwatch Dorset