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

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 »

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 »

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 »

Ian Jones

Head of Regional Community Partnerships

Areas of expertise

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 volunteering and other activities. He also works closely with local organisations, businesses, councils and… Read more »

Professor John Fletcher

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Areas of expertise

John is a member of the University Executive Team and is responsible for the university’s research strategy and performance, as well as its regional economic engagement. He is also an internationally recognised economist, highly regarded for his pioneering work in economic impact modelling. He has undertaken research in areas as diverse as the economic impact of… Read more »