what we do

What we do

Our mission, vision and community focus articulate our position as a specialist health sciences institution.

Mission and vision

Our mission: 

A healthier society through education, research and clinical care.

Our vision: 

To be a leading higher education institution in the university sector specialising in chiropractic and other healthcare disciplines, nationally and internationally recognised for quality and excellence.

Raising aspirations

The AECC University College work closely with schools (both primary and secondary) and colleges to support students of any background with the potential to benefit from higher education, offering activities and opportunities to raise awareness.


School visits and UCAS days

Our student ambassadors regularly attend schools and UCAS exhibitions to talk about the courses we offer, their student experiences, the facilities and the mixed methods of learning adopted at the AECC University College. For a list of schools and UCAS visits we are attending take a look at our School and UCAS events calendar. 

Clinical observations

Not sure what a typical day as a chiropractor looks like? Your students, who may be potential young chiropractors, can visit us and spend a day in our modern clinic shadowing our interns. It’s an opportunity to get a real feel for the career coupled with being in the clinic setting, having other integrated services on hand.

You can also contact our marketing team if you need help or have any have questions.

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Collaboration and community

The AECC University College is at the forefront of engaging with others. Our research is presented at conferences around the world and we foster positive relationships with universities, funding bodies, governments, student associations, business and communities both nationally and internationally.

We may have a global outlook, but we're also firmly rooted in the local community and love to get involved wherever we can.

Trainee GP visit

Every year we welcome approximately 50 trainee GP’s to the AECC. Based all around Wessex, the day provides a fantastic opportunity for the trainee doctors to see the state-of-the-art facilities the AECC has to offer and learn about the chiropractic profession. 

As well as meeting our AECC final year students and picking up some tips to take back to general practice, the visitors have talks from Director of Clinic, Neil Osborne on ‘What chiropractors do?’, and spinal surgeon Dr Hilton on the 'Pitfalls in primary care.'

The collaboration is a great success offering an insight in to both chiropractic practices and how the profession can effectively compliment and assist the work of general practice. We look forward to welcoming more trainee GP’s to the AECC next year.

British Science Week - Local school visit

As part of British Science Week, we invite pupils from local schools to join us for an action packed morning of interactive talks which are focused around health, exercise and nutrition. The morning is aimed to engage, educate and encourage the children to think about leading a healthy and active lifestyle as well as the benefits it brings.

Our final year interns lead the activities with the children always enjoying themselves, playing our ‘Balanced Diet’ drawing game as well as our ‘Fun Facts about the Anatomy’ game.

We also regularly hold school events as part of our outreach programme, giving our students the opportunity to volunteer to visit various schools and colleges across the UK - including the schools that they studied at to talk to students about chiropractic; great CV building experience and an amazing way to promote awareness for the chiropractic profession and spinal health.

Outreach programme

Our Senior Interns, studying in their final year, take part in at least two outreach events as part of their course. This provides a great opportunity not only for the students to gain some experience outside of a clinical environment, offering treatment at events for example, but also enables the AECC University College to get out in to the community and give something back.

Some of the local events our Senior Interns support each year include:

  • Bournemouth Lions Club Health Happy Living event
  • Bournemouth Marathon (for MacMillan runners)
  • MacMillan Dorset Bike Ride
  • Rotary Dorset Bike Ride
  • Larmer Tree Marathon (run by White Star Running)
  • Dorset Plan Pull
  • Bournemouth Bay Run
  • Boscombe 10k


Our partnerships

AFC Bournemouth

As the Official Performance and Rehabilitation Supporter of premier league side AFC Bournemouth, we provide first class performance, assessment and rehabilitation services for the players throughout the season. In particular, the AECC’s High Performance Centre provides bespoke testing and detailed analysis capability for the players. Professional advice as well as personalised training programmes can then be given to ensure both effective rehabilitation and performance optimisation.   

Bournemouth Rugby Club

As an official partner of Bournemouth Rugby Club, the largest and most successful rugby club within Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire, we’re able to support in the treatment of players at key games as well as providing tailored training and conditioning sessions for groups of players at our facilities.

Boscombe Cliff Bowling Club

Only a stone’s throw away from the campus, Boscombe Cliff Bowling Club has a thriving membership base. As an official sponsor of this local community group, we are able to offer on-site treatment sessions as well as treating members at our clinic.

Research collaborations

Exeter University

With a grant from the UK Chiropractic Research Council, we’re working in partnership with Exeter University to revolutionise the way we understand spinal movement and back conditions. With the limitations of static imaging such as x-rays and MRIs, the AECC University College developed Quantitate Fluoroscopy technology, enabling patients to be observed during motion, whilst Exeter University have developed a Finite Element Model, producing computer generated 3-D models of an individual’s spine.

Through the complex integration of MRI 3-D imaging, Quantitative Fluoroscopy and Finite Element Modelling, the AECC University College and Exeter University hope to create the most comprehensive spinal replication modelling system in the world.

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