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Buckinghamshire New University

Buckinghamshire New University has been transforming lives for more than 125 years, enjoying a long and successful history since its founding in 1891. It offers employment-focused and skills-based teaching across the creative and cultural industries, management and information management sectors, and the public sector, from its three campuses in High Wycombe, Uxbridge, and Aylesbury.

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

Rural
Rural

In or close to the countryside

Collegiate
Collegiate

The university is composed of individual colleges

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Specialist
Specialist

Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: B94

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 88%
  • Postgraduate 12%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%

Where students come from

  • UK 91%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 1%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • There are four floors of books, journals and computer suites in the Gateway building at the High Wycombe campus, while the university's Uxbridge campus has a specialist library for health and nursing students. 
  • There are flexible study areas in both libraries, providing quiet places to study; and laptops are available for loan. Across the university, there are around 650 student workstations for general use (PCs and Macs).
  • Digital reading lists give students access to essential and recommended texts and resources. Electronic resources are available 24/7, with access to e-books, e-journals and online databases at a time and location convenient for students. The university's academic research can be accessed from the Bucks Knowledge Archive. At the Aylesbury campus there is a vast online e-book resource.

Student jobs

  • With three campuses based in large towns, there are a variety of part-time employment opportunities right on the doorstep.
  • The university also offers opportunities for employment as student ambassadors, through Students' Union roles and by working with local employers to advertise roles to students.

Careers advice

  • The university aims to develop students who are enterprising, employable, and who can lead. Support is given to build students' independence as learners, their discipline expertise, their professionalism, their awareness of themselves and others, and their confidence and efficacy.
  • A dedicated team of careers and employment specialists work in partnership with academic staff, employers and the Students' Union to prepare students for the world of work and guide their career management.
  • The university provides opportunities for employability, enterprise and leadership development in a range of extra-curricular activities, as well as work-related learning within academic courses. 

Health services

  • The Student Centre at High Wycombe and Uxbridge is a one-stop shop for information, advice and guidance. The Students' Union's Advice Centre also provides independent and confidential advice on a range of areas, including health.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Counselling Service provides a non-judgemental and confidential space to seek help from a professional counsellor.
  • Students have free 24/7 access to The Big White Wall, an online service providing emotional support, resources and professional help.
  • Senior Residents at the university's accommodation sites are an important point of contact for students; they are trained mental health first aiders, able to provide immediate support such as helping someone cope with a panic attack.

Disability support

  • The Disability Service offers specialist one-to-one support for all disabilities. 
  • This includes help with the Disabled Students' Allowances, and access to extra time in exams.
  • They also provide confidential advice about a range of conditions including specific learning differences such as dyslexia, Asperger syndrome, mental health difficulties, and other long-term medical conditions.

Other services and facilities

  • Student support includes a Support Service that helps students with queries about their education at Bucks, or with financial matters and more. Faith, advice and pastoral support is available through the university's multifaith chaplaincy. A Learning and Development Unit supports students who are keen to develop their academic abilities and improve their grades, whatever their course, year or ability level.
  • Specialist course facilities include a Cyber Security resilience centre and VR-equipped engineering suite at the Aylesbury campus. The university also offers industry-standard video and audio production suites, CAD/CAM facilities, design workshops, and skills laboratories. 

Students' Union

  • Bucks Students' Union plays an important part in university life. Clubs, societies, bars and bands are all part and parcel of the student experience, but the union also acts as a key representation body through its network of Student Reps.
  • The Big Deal offers a diverse range of recreational activities and skills sessions, from singing lessons to accredited qualifications that complement studies, all free to students and accessible to all. The Students' Union holds a range of events in The Venue, and it achieved Gold in the 2018 Best Bar None accreditation.
  • Each year, Bucks Students' Union empowers students to champion green and sustainability initiatives on campus, earning recognition as 'Very Good' in the NUS-accredited Green Impact Scheme, and working with the university to achieve Fairtrade status.

History

  • In 2007 Buckinghamshire New University was officially awarded university status; in 2017 the university marked its 125th anniversary as a higher education institution with a celebration at the Houses of Parliament, attended by successful alumni including London 2012 Paralympic gold-medallist, Naomi Riches
  • Buckinghamshire New University is the first university to gain Corporate Social Responsibility Gold accreditation for its work, making a positive contribution across four key areas: Environment, Philanthropy, Community, and Workplace.
  • A multimillion pound Human Performance, Exercise and Well-being Centre opened in 2016, with a three-lane running track and 3D motion-capture technology, along with a sports injury and physiotherapy clinic.

Fascinating Fact

  • Comedian and Great British Bake-Off judge, Noel Fielding, was once a student at Bucks New University: he studied Graphic Design and Advertising.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Noel Fielding – TV presenter of the Great British Bake Off, comedian and artist.
  • Boo Ritson – artist.
  • Naomi Riches – Paralympic gold medallist.
  • Olivier Rabenschlag – chief creative officer at Google.

Address

Buckinghamshire New University, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ