BOURNEMOUTH University were comfortable 19-5 winners in this year's varsity event against Solent.

Over 800 athletes competed across 20 sports after a two year absence of the event, with BU coming out on top.

Varsity is a tradition that sees the skills and talents of both BU and Solent University’s sports teams compete against each other over two days.

Both institutions battled for the varsity trophy with BU winning 19-5 across all sporting fixtures.

It represents the highest number of fixture wins for a varsity event to date.

With nearly 2,000 students onsite, this was an amazing end to both Bournemouth and Southampton Solent’s annual sporting calendar, with both universities demonstrating an inspirational level of grit, determination and sportsmanship.

Michael Barry, sports performance manager at Sport BU, said: “It is fantastic to have the event back and to get both sets of students back competing.

"So many had never seen the event before, so for them to get back in front of the crowds was brilliant and hopefully an experience that will stay with them.”