Bournemouth University 

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Bournemouth University’s origins can be traced to the early part of the 20th century with the foundation of the former Bournemouth Municipal College. Its modern history began in the early 1970s with the creation of the Bournemouth College of Technology. Construction of the new buildings on what was the largest farm in Talbot Village, and is now BU’s Talbot Campus, was completed by September 1976.

During this time, the Dorset Education Committee reviewed the provision of further and higher education throughout the county. As a result, the College was renamed the Dorset Institute of Higher Education.

In 1990, the Dorset Institute successfully met all the requirements of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council and was re-designated Bournemouth Polytechnic.


The team 

anthea Professor Anthea Innes joined Bournemouth University in December 2011. She previously worked at the Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling where, as inaugural programme director, she was responsible for the development and delivery of the first worldwide post-graduate programme in Dementia Studies. As a social scientist she brings a distinct approach to understanding dementia and her work with people with dementia. She is passionate about improving the lives of those with dementia and their families, as well as enabling care professionals to provide high-quality support and services.  She has published widely including sole authored books; for example Dementia Studies: A Social Science Perspective (Sage, 2009); edited collections for example ‘Key issues in evolving dementia care’ (Jessica Kingsley 2012); as well as numerous peer review and professional journal papers. Her research interests within the area of dementia are: rural service provision; technology; care environments; the views and experiences of people with dementia and their family members; diagnostic and post-diagnostic support and dementia friendly leisure.

donald Donald Nordberg is Associate Professor in the Business School of Bournemouth University and a specialist in organizational strategies and corporate governance. His prior work in the dementia arena has involved helping develop and deliver the Dementia Leadership Challenge, a programme of mentoring for senior health and social care executives in the southwest of England, funded by the UK Department of Health. He has also recently conducted leadership development for senior staff of the House of Commons and House of Lords. A native of Chicago, he has lived in the UK, US, Germany and Switzerland, working first as a journalist and then involved in entrepreneurial businesses and management consulting before becoming an academic. He has two degrees from the University of Illinois, and MBA from the University of Warwick and a PhD from the University of Liverpool.


rick Rick Fisher is Acting Associate Director(Education) in the Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) and Senior Lecturer in the university’s School of Health and Social Care. He holds professional qualifications as a Registered Nurse and Specialist Practitioner in Nursing in the Home (District Nursing).He has degrees from Portsmouth Polytechnic (BA Hons Public Sector Health Studies),the University of Surrey (MSc Social Research) and his PhD, awarded by Brunel University, explored power relationships in healthcare settings. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Royal College of Nursing Education Forum. His work with BUDI centres around developing the educational output of the Institute, aimed at raising awareness of dementia in a variety of health and social care settings. Contact me at rfisher at

vanessaVanessa Heaslip is a senior lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care at Bournemouth University and a member of Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI).  She has an extensive clinical background as a Registered Nurse, Specialist Practitioner in Nursing in the Home (District Nursing), as well working as a Specialist Practitioner for Older People before coming into education. Her interests lie in enabling voices that are traditionally unheard in the professional discourse to be voiced as well as in equality and diversity, sitting on the national Mary Seacole Steering Committee.  Within BUDI, her focus is on developing and delivering educational programmes that concentrate on enabling cultural change within an organisation; ensuring an emphasis upon a person living with… as opposed to a biomedical focus on treating the diagnosis of dementia. As such she is passionate about ensuring that care provided is personalised and humanly sensitive. Her degrees are from Southampton University (BSc Hons in Community Nursing), and Bournemouth University (MA Health and Social Care Education).

andy Dr Andy Mayers is a psychologist at Bournemouth University, specialising in mental health. He gained his undergraduate degree and PhD at Southampton Solent University. His current work mostly focuses on postnatal depression and children’s sleep, and he has an active role in several community projects in Dorset and nationally. He is patron for Bournemouth & District Samaritans and is trustee/director for Dorset Mind and the PANDAS Foundation (a national postnatal depression charity). He sits on the advisory board for Barnardo’s Bournemouth Children’s Centres and the maternal mental health group within Best Beginnings (the national pregnancy and infancy charity). He has a particular interest in service user involvement and is passionate about tackling mental health stigma. He is also a Senior Lecturer with considerable experience in designing and developing undergraduate and postgraduate courses at several universities. He is Managing Editor of Human Psychopharmacology, a leading peer-reviewed international journal.




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