Britain’s most loved dancer, Dame Darcey Bussell DBE, has described AUB as the “leading educational institution in the creative arts” after taking part in its graduation ceremony

The former Principal ballerina of The Royal Ballet and Strictly Come Dancing judge was awarded an honorary fellowship at the celebration held in the Pavilion Theatre.

Speaking to the latest group of graduates and their families, she also offered them advice as they now move on to a range of exciting careers.

Dame Darcey said: “I’m truly honoured to be awarded this fellowship from Arts University Bournemouth.

“The arts reinforce our commonality as human beings. They are more than a meaningful contribution to society, they are a constant, evolving and powerful force and we can’t do without them.

“My whole life has been in the arts so be awarded an honorary fellowship from the leading educational institution in the creative arts is a very special event indeed for me.

“For me, just representing the arts, and the importance of the arts, especially in universities like this is incredibly important. So, I feel very honoured that I’m part of this institution and that I can contribute to it and inspire its students.”