Grapevine partner with Bournemouth University for online event series

Grapevine are pleased to be sponsoring this academic year’s programme of events for Bournemouth University alumni, with a new online format that will allow BU graduates around the world to attend!  The monthly sessions, running from October 2020 to June 2021, will feature guest talks from BU alumni about their industry, with two key pathways to follow.

  • A leadership track (for alumni in leadership or aspiring to enter leadership positions)
  • An early careers track (for those who have graduated within the past ten years)

The events are free to attend for all Bournemouth University alumni, with registration for the upcoming sessions in October and November 2020 now open via Eventbrite.

We are proud of our longstanding relationship with Bournemouth University. In April 2004 we embarked on a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) with BU, which provided government funding for us to work with the University to develop our business at a time where the telecoms industry was on the cusp of significant advances in mobile technology.

In 2011 we were able to access support from Bournemouth University once again, utilising the services offered by the Creative Enterprise Bureau based in The Media School (now the Faculty of Media and Communications), which provided marketing consultancy services delivered by academics and final year students. This led to a major overhaul of our brand strategy and informed our decision to purchase (and later merge with) a locally based IT company.

This expansion in our portfolio, to offer fully integrated telecoms and IT services, was combined with the recruitment of Liam Toms, a Bournemouth University graduate, former manager of the Creative Enterprise Bureau and part time lecturer for the Faculty of Media and Communication. Liam manages all of our marketing communications activity, and has enabled us to provide consultancy services to our client base that compliment our other products and solutions.

James Spinks, Sales Director at Grapevine said: “It continues to be a top priority for Grapevine to maintain our relationship with Bournemouth University. It has been key to the development of our business through the exceptional transformation of the tech industry that we’ve witnessed since Grapevine was established in 1991. We welcome future opportunities to collaborate with both BU and the network of alumni in our local business community.”

Jonathan Goode, Head of Alumni Relations at BU, said: “Our online events are designed to provide alumni with practical advice and inspirational insights to support them as they progress through their careers. We are grateful for the support of Grapevine in sponsoring this year’s programme of events and are looking forward to connecting with many more BU graduates over the coming months.”

October 2020 Events

  • Thursday 1st: Julian Stodd, Sea Salt Learning – ‘Social Leadership’ | Register to attend
  • Thursday 15th: Rich Cobbold, Google – ‘Masterminding Your Next Move’ | Register to attend

November 2020 Events