Finalists for two national awards
Date: 8th Apr 2016
Bucks New University named as finalist in two categories at Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards
Buckinghamshire New University has been named as a finalist for its estates team and for digital innovation in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2016.
The University has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Estates Team category for its projects in the 2014/5 academic year which include the new multi-million pound Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre. The centre provides world class facilities and puts students at the forefront of knowledge and practice as they learn to use leading edge research tools for sport, exercise and therapy.
The estates team continues to identify sustainable solutions in its buildings and became one of only nine universities and colleges to be certified with the Carbon Trust Standard for a third consecutive year. Three sets of solar panels save 75 tonnes of carbon each year which have contributed to a 43 percent reduction in the University's carbon footprint since 2005.
Ian Hunter, Director of Estates at Bucks New University, said: "I'm delighted that we've been shortlisted for this prestigious award. We are proud of the building projects we have completed this year which enhance the learning experience of our students. We work closely with our staff and students to help them make small changes which combine to make a big difference and build on our sustainability successes."
The University is also a finalist in the Outstanding Digital Innovation in Management and Administration category which recognises the innovative use of digital technology to deliver efficiencies and enhance productivity. The shortlisted project provided teaching staff with technology to improve the turnaround time and quality of feedback to students after the submission of assignments.
Academics attended training sessions before receiving iPads loaded with a tailored app which enable them to mark assignments electronically off and online.
Steve Hoole, E-Learning Services Manager at Bucks New University, said: "Many institutions provide their staff with iPads. Our approach is innovative because we provide training to show how the technology will enhance assessment and feedback for our students. I'm proud that the success of this project has been recognised by the judges and chosen as a finalist in these important awards."
Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor at Bucks New University said: "I'm pleased to see recognition for the achievements of those teams who work hard to support our staff and enhance the student experience at Bucks. The University recently won the Teaching Excellence category at the Guardian University Awards and this success is rightly shared by both our academic and support staff."
The winners of the Times Higher Education Learning and Management Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on 23 June.
Picture caption 1: The Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre.
Picture caption 2: Teaching staff are provided with the technology to improve the turnaround time and quality of feedback to students after the submission of assignments.