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The Big Deal

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At Bucks New University, we believe in putting our students first and, as part of our exclusive Big Deal package, we are the only university to offer our students free access to a range of activities to enrich the student experience.

The Big Deal is designed to encourage students to try different activities, meet new friends and join in with the Bucks community, all completely free.

In fact, consumer group, Which, rates Bucks as among the top group of universities for it's significant role its music, theatre, dance and the visual arts play in its university life, with many societies, events and facilities open to all students. See the full news story here.

Last year our students enjoyed 2,039 free that's a Big Deal!

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wakeboarding2We offer a wide range of activities, giving you the chance to continue doing what you enjoyed back home and also try new and exciting things.

In the past year we've had 689 students involved in 43 active societies. 6,685 spaces were also made available over 187 free recreational activities.

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football2The Students' Union provides you with the opportunity to play sport against other universities in a variety of national leagues both in team and individual sport.

It's not all competitive, you will also have plenty of chances to play on a friendly basis.

Last year there were 840 members of the Athletic Union that played in 38 different teams.

A previous cost analysis identified a typical university charging yearly membership fees, kit costs and facility hire for the following sports activities: football £140.40, golf £50, netball £75.40, rugby £115, snow sports £35.40, basketball £115 and cheerleading £150.


club3Mixing with new people and sharing new experiences is important. Through the Big Deal our gigs, club nights, comedy, cultural nights, themed parties and events are totally free for all students. No other university supports their students' social activities quite like we do.

In the past year we've welcomed 75,382 visitors to our events at our on-campus nightclub (The Venue) with our DJs playing 18,720 songs.

During the Big BIG Deal Week Challenge our students enjoyed two high profile gigs, a comedy night, three theme nights, a pub quiz and Rock 'n' Roll bingo all in one week for absolutely free!


Free societies 
free-societies2Societies offer the opportunity to get together with a group of like-minded individuals, who share an interest or hobby. Getting involved in a society or creating a new one will give you the opportunity to try something new during your time at Bucks.

By getting involved in a society, you not only get to participate in an activity or event that you enjoy, you also have an opportunity to help shape and develop the society through various committee positions. This not only ensures the longevity of the society but also looks great on your CV.  


free skills workshops and training

skills-trainingIt is vital that when you graduate you have more on your CV than just your degree. To boost the employability of our students, we offer an Additional Skills Programme - that is open and available to all students.

Each year, we try to expand the programme of training sessions to cover topics that you have asked for. In the past, we have held sessions on: public speaking, negotiation, chairing meetings, interview skills, and simply how to put your new transferable skills into your CV. We try to make sure there is something for everyone, with all sessions being completely free.

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woods2Students reps are elected by their classmates to represent them by giving feedback in university meetings and in more informal settings. Student reps enhance the quality of our courses and help to affect a positive change.

Plus becoming a student rep can be a huge boost to your CV, lead to more involvement with the Students' Union and introduce you to new friends.

Student reps are elected from amongst their peers to give feedback in university meetings. They are involved in helping shape the curriculum and can create positive change. Reps also get paid between £100 and £125 for attending no more than five hours a month.