Professor Rebecca Bunting


Date: 28th Sep 2016

Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting welcomed new students to Bucks New University this week and encouraged them to take advantage of opportunities on their courses, the support the University will give them to be a success, and to develop skills to ensure they stand out in a competitive employment market:

"Two weeks ago we saw 2,000 students graduate and, along with their guests, some 5,000 people pass through the University in five days of great celebration. I'm delighted to now welcome our new students as they begin their academic journeys at Bucks.

Bucks may have the word 'new' in its title but this year we are celebrating 125 years of education in High Wycombe. We started out as a school of art and science and are now an established and successful university operating in High Wycombe, Uxbridge, Aylesbury and Great Missenden, at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre.

What is 'new' about us is the kinds of courses we offer, which are vocational with a strong orientation to employment. We provide opportunities to learn outside the University and from the many experts in the various professions linked to our courses. We offer applied, practice-based, and skills-based learning. We believe this is the best way to support our students to be successful in the future and is a key feature of our academic strategy.

We prepare our students for their future careers and there will be many opportunities during their time with us to add to their CVs and help them stand out from others in the competition for jobs after graduation. Each course will have different opportunities and there are many outside the curriculum as well.

Our students must play their part too by engaging and making the very best of their time with us. There are so many opportunities to do new things and stretch themselves and I implore them to get involved and not to miss out.

Our students' experience is supplemented by additional activities outside the curriculum funded by the University and offered through Bucks Students' Union. These enable students to develop themselves, have fun, give something back, meet new people, take their skills to the next level, compete in sport, and represent their peers as a course rep. However they choose to become involved will undoubtedly contribute to their profile and give them an edge in the jobs market.

We are ambitious for our students and we will support them to be successful. Bucks is a caring and supportive university and we work together with our students towards a common goal of ensuring each one is as successful as they can be.

Of course, achieving their degree or diploma is not the end of a Bucks student's relationship with us. Our new students have joined the community of the University this week and when they graduate they will join the community of graduates of the University. Our graduates include many amazing alumni who continue to excel in their careers.

For example, at this year's graduation we awarded an honorary degree to Olivier Rabenschlag (pictured) who graduated from Bucks in 2002 with a degree in graphic design and advertising and is now Head of Creative at Google. He has kept in touch with his tutors throughout his stellar career and we are very proud of his success.

Aoife O'Grady, who graduated in BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) in 2014, is now Practice Facilitator for Preceptorship for The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and has praised the invaluable support she received while studying at the University.

There are many more like Olivier and Aoife and we value all of their achievements and the continuing links many still have with Bucks New University.

Our new students have so much to learn and experience ahead of them. I wish them every success and happiness at Bucks and look forward to shaking their hands when they receive their degrees and graduate."

Front image: Student Helpers at Bucks Welcome.


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