Voice of Education

Debbie Holley

Professor Debbie Holley

Professor of Learning Innovation & Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning

Areas of expertise

A passionate educator, upon entering academia from industry, Debbie quickly realised that students on her transport courses, with their patterns of shift working, had very limited opportunities to attend regular classes. These difficulties, not unique and indeed shared with other students, led to her research interests in overcoming challenges/barriers faced by students seeking to access… Read more »

Milena Bobeva

Dr Milena Bobeva

MBA Director and Principal Academic

Areas of expertise

Milena started her career as an information systems analyst and designer and joined higher education as a researcher in business process innovation. A career as an academic-practitioner followed, with Milena an early adopter of technology-enhanced learning. She is also a key advocate of education innovation through cross-generational collaboration. Milena has contributed to articles in The… Read more »

Professor Matthew Bennett

Professor of Environmental & Geographical Sciences

Areas of expertise

Matthew is a sedimentologist and geomorphologist specialising in how landscapes change due to environmental processes and human intervention. He is currently Head of the Institute for Landscape and Human Evolution at Bournemouth University. He is known for his work on human footprints and the translation of this work into forensic practice. Due to the various management roles he… Read more »

Daniel Asaya

President of the Students’ Union at Bournemouth University (SUBU)

Areas of expertise

Daniel was elected to represent the interests of the 18,000 students at Bournemouth University, both to the university and on a local and national level. In his role, he is responsible for leading and shaping the Students’ Union strategy and direction. Daniel sits on the University Board and regularly liaises with local councillors and MPs… Read more »

Professor Tiantian Zhang

Head of the Graduate School

Areas of expertise

Tiantian is an internationally recognised leader in the field of cryopreservation of gametes and embryos of fish species. Her main research interests are in the preservation of reproductive cells and the effect of cryopreservation on genome integrity and cellular metabolism. Tiantian has also been actively involved with the Athena SWAN initiative, which promotes gender equality in universities,… Read more »

Professor John Vinney


Areas of expertise

John joined Bournemouth University in 2006 as Professor of Computational Mechanics and Dean in the School of Design, Engineering and Computing. He was appointed Vice-Chancellor in 2010 and has since been at the forefront of BU’s transformation by leading large-scale change across the university. As a result of his leadership and vision, in 2015 BU rose in… Read more »

Matthew Usher

UK Marketing & Student Recruitment Manager

Areas of expertise

Matt leads UK student recruitment at BU and has expert knowledge regarding all aspects of UK student recruitment and widening participation in higher education. He is frequently called upon to share his knowledge on clearing processes, university funding and applications, and university life in general. Matt has extensive media experience and has been interviewed on ITV News,… Read more »

Nicola Murray-Fagan

Head of UK Student Recruitment & Outreach

Areas of expertise

Nicola is currently responsible for UK student recruitment and outreach activity at BU. She previously worked in a schools and colleges liaison role, so has experience in advising students on a variety of issues pertinent to higher education. With over ten years’ experience in marketing, student recruitment and working in information and guidance, she balances a keen… Read more »

Dr Sonal Minocha

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Engagement

Areas of expertise

Sonal has over ten years’ senior management experience in global higher education. Her academic interests lie in exploring methods of business and management research, management practice, strategic creativity and organisational learning. In addition, she has a special interest in the Indian film industry and has been widely published on the subject. Most recently, as part of the BU… Read more »

Professor Tim McIntyre-Bhatty

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Areas of expertise

Tim’s expertise lies in strategic planning and consultancy in higher education. He has held a number of senior leadership positions in universities for the past decade and has provided strategic leadership for large-scale campus development projects. He leads BU’s annual strategic planning processes, including responsibility for academic faculties and the Bournemouth University International College, alongside quality, academic services… Read more »