Voice of Education

Debbie Holley

Professor Debbie Holley

Professor of Learning Innovation

Areas of expertise

Professor Holley is an expert in augmented, virtual and mixed reality innovations; her research interests include the framing of innovation for formal and informal learning contexts.  By seeking digital solutions to enable learning at a place and time of the learners’ choice, her digital scholarship draws on a sustained body of pedagogic research. A passionate… Read more »

Milena Bobeva

Dr Milena Bobeva

Senior Principal Academic in Business

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 »

Professor Tiantian Zhang

Professor and Deputy Dean Research and Professional Practice in the Faculty of Science and Technology

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. John has led BU’s BU2025 strategy and has extensive media experience including local… Read more »

Ian Jones

Head of External Engagement

Areas of expertise

Ian leads Bournemouth University’s external engagement strategy, linking the university with practice. Ian’s main area of responsibility at BU is in helping to establish relationships with community and industry, encouraging them to engage with the university. As part of this he has spearheaded campaigns involving staff and students giving back to the local area via… Read more »

Dr Fiona Cownie

Associate Professor in Marketing & Communications

Areas of expertise

Fiona’s expertise lies in bringing a relational exchange approach, increasingly adopted within the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, to enhance the student experience. Her teaching is within the areas of relationship marketing and word-of-mouth communication. Her teaching focusses on Relationship Marketing, and her institutional leadership embraces student research, sustainability and alumni relations working with academic and… Read more »