- Buckinghamshire New University
Buckinghamshire New University Motto Latin: Arte et industria Motto in English "By Art and Industry" Established 2007 – gained University Status
1893 – Science and Art School
Type Public Vice-Chancellor Ruth Farwell Students 9,045 Undergraduates 8,295 Postgraduates 620 Other students 125 FE Location High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Campus in Uxbridge, Middlesex
Buckinghamshire New University (formerly Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College) is a university in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. The Vice-Chancellor is Prof Ruth Farwell. The Institution was a university college between 1999 and 2007, when it announced that its application for university status had been accepted.
The institution changed its name from "Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College" to its current name of "Buckinghamshire New University" ("Bucks") when its application for university status was approved in 2007 by the Privy Council. Proposed names such as "University of Wycombe", "University of High Wycombe", "High Wycombe University", "University of Buckinghamshire" and "Buckingham Chilterns University" were rejected. The chosen name was swiftly attacked by the University of Buckingham for using the county name.
Bucks had ambitious plans to consolidate its divided campuses into a purpose-built site near to Hughenden Park in High Wycombe on land previously owned by CompAir. While these plans fell through, the university changed plans to renovate and enlarge the main campus as well as consolidate both the Wellesbourne and Chalfont campuses onto the High Wycombe site. Additionally new halls of residence have been built at the Hughenden Park site.
The University has undertaken a major development of the High Wycombe Campus with a large structure, known as the Gateway, being built onto the front of the existing building. The building itself is based on a study of its contexts and the irregular urban gain of the town centre. It won a RIBA award in 2010. A state-of-the-art complex, it offers a rich mix of commercial-standard facilities, including a sports/events hall, fitness centre and performance lab, dance and drama studios, music recording studios and video production suites, a modern integrated learning resources centre and meeting and conference rooms.
The University currently consists of two campuses: High Wycombe Campus (previously belonging to the High Wycombe College of Art and Technology), and since 2009 a site in Uxbridge, west London, which is the base for its Nursing students. The University in 2008 disposed of two existing campuses; the Chalfont Campus (near Little Chalfont) and the Wellesbourne Campus (near Hazlemere).
The university sponsor Wycombe Wanderers F.C. and London Wasps who play at the Adams Park Stadium; this agreement entitles all players of the teams to education from the university if they so wish.
Halls of Residence
Off-site student accommodation exists in High Wycombe town centre (Brook Street Halls) and (Hughenden Avenue).
The university has two main halls of residence. The older of the two is Brook Street Halls. It consist of 396 rooms, and is situated 5 minutes' walk from the University, across from the main bus station and Eden shopping centre; the other hall is Hughenden Park Student Village built in 2009, which is 15 minutes' walk from the University and town, and built near Hughenden Manor.
Departments and academics
Several courses run at the university are rarities in British universities. Courses like Airline and Airport Management, Music Management and Video Production, as well as the extensive Furniture Design and Restoration, Textiles and Advertising departments are the University's main attractions.
The University is one of very few that has created a BSc(Hons) degree in Policing. The degree includes modules such as Police, Crime and the Media during which the relationship between the police and the media is examined. There are also modules in relation to the Criminal Law and Justice, Investigating Identity, Law, Discrimination and Human Rights amongst other modules in relation to policing.
Trevor Baylis is a frequent guest lecturer, and was present at a 2004 graduation ceremony and graduate degree show; he received an honorary degree from the University in 2007, and was present at the official opening of the Gateway building in 2010.
In the 2008/2009 year Bucks was ranked
- 108 out of 113 on The Times Good University Guide rankings
- 87 out of 113 on the complete university guide
- 109 out of 133 on the Guardian university guide
UK rankings 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 Times Good University Guide 112th 108th Guardian University Guide 113th 113th 114th 107th – 94th 105th 103rd 117th Sunday Times University Guide 119th 113th 98th 102nd 112th 106th 103rd 93rd The Complete University Guide 108th= 103rd 86th=
- Noel Fielding- Actor and Comedian
- Mohamed Mohamed- Big Brother 9 contestant
- Dave Brown- Comedian
- Veronica Carlson- Model and Actress
- Philip Koomen- Furniture designer
- Rebecca Stephens- Singer
- Fans of Kate- Band
- Otto Decker- English-U.S. soccer player
- Lucian Ercolani- Furniture Designer
- John Bolam- Artist
- Chris Joyce- Actor
- Poppy Rose- Model and Actress
- Thames Valley Health Innovation and Education Cluster
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- ^ Top architectural award for the Gateway
- ^ http://bucks.ac.uk/newsroom/news/june_2009/partnership_announced.aspx
- ^ "Selling beds is now degree course". BBC News. 2008-04-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7343027.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- ^ http://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/educationnews/8363140.University_to_honour_Olympic_gold_hero/
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- ^ "The Sunday Times University League Table". The Sunday Times (London). http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/stug/universityguide.php. Retrieved 13 September 2009.
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- ^ "The Sunday Times University League Table" (PDF). The Sunday Times (London). http://extras.timesonline.co.uk/stug2006/stug2006.pdf. Retrieved 2007-11-03.
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- ^ "The Independent University League Table". The Independent (London). 2008-04-24. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/higher/the-main-league-table-2009-813839.html. Retrieved 2010-05-27.
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