A CAMPAIGN highlighting the achievements of Bournemouth University graduates and students has launched at an event in the town.

The university's #BUProud initiative tells the stories of successful students, past and present, and their accomplishments which have stemmed from BU degrees.

The event was launched at Monty’s Lounge in Bournemouth town centre, a restaurant owned by Bournemouth University graduate Christian Schneider.

The event also featured a book signing by another BU graduate, Natalie Page, who was signing copies of her debut children’s book ‘Zak and Jen’s Astronomical Adventures’.

This year’s #BUProud alumni include Richard Walker, Head of Media Planning at the BBC; Kevin Hough, Head of Talent Acquisition at PepsiCo, and Claire Timbrell, Founder of the McGuffin Project, an escape room in Bournemouth.

Current students involved in the campaign include Saskia Sills, a four-time youth world champion windsurfer, and Noorin Gulam, a European champion weightlifter.

The scheme highlights the university's high graduate employability rate - data shows 93.6% of graduates are in work or further study six months after graduating.

Ann Fernandez, director of marketing and communications at Bournemouth University, said, “We are incredibly proud of our graduates and the careers they go on to have – and to hear from so many graduates who attribute their success to their time at BU has been brilliant.

“At BU we pride ourselves on creating global talent – giving graduates the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.

"I hope this campaign inspires others to look at Bournemouth University and the great prospects a BU degree can offer.”

The well-established #BUProud campaign has been running for over five years, with previous graduate stars used on the back of university buses and across campus.

The campaign will be showcased across the university’s campuses, both Talbot and Lansdowne, with window displays highlighting the graduates who have taken part in the campaign.