Successful graduate inspires new students at Bucks welcome


Date: 19th Sep 2017

Bucks New University today warmly welcomed its new students and invited back BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Advertising graduate Simon Lloyd, creative director at advertising agency adamandeveDBB, to share his experience of life at and after Bucks.

Simon, who graduated from Bucks in 2001, is now creative director at advertising agency adamandeveDBB, three-times winner of the Campaign Agency of the Year and responsible for the highly successful John Lewis Christmas adverts.

He said: ‘’At Bucks I learned that whatever course you study and the career you pursue, we all have to risk being brave every day. Taking risks can sometimes feel uncomfortable but it’s something you’re going to face every day, at university and beyond.

"It’s also harder to get a job than ever before, and graduates in all disciplines have to risk getting noticed. Bucks New University gives its students the confidence to take risks which is why it has consistently produced some of the best creatives in the UK, if not the world.

‘’Whatever course you’re studying, this is the time to take risks, learn from your mistakes and take those lessons with you into life after university. Bucks gave me a great start and I wish all today’s new students the very best for their studies and future careers,” added Simon.

Professor Nick Braisby, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Bucks said: ‘’University education is a transformative experience, changing the way you look at the world and the way you think.

" It’s a time to cultivate new interests and create friendships. At Bucks there are a wealth of opportunities to both work and play hard such as joining the Students’ Union’s varied societies, volunteering and attending skills workshops which best prepare our students for the competitive world of work. Together with the Students' Union, we strive to provide our students with the best possible experience and support during their time with us.”

The Bucks Welcome, designed to help students to orientate themselves, settle in and make friends, includes a fun-filled week which complements the University’s academic induction programmes. Activities include circus workshops, a travelling farm and the Freshers’ Fair with information about societies, wellbeing and how to access advice and support.

All students have access to The Big Deal during their time at Bucks which provides a free package of entertainment, sports, societies, recreational and skills development opportunities.

New BA (Hons) Creative Advertising student Clarissa Johnston-Ward said: ‘’It’s been a great welcome to Bucks and I’m excited about my course and the chance to try lots of new things. There’s so much going on at the Students’ Union that there’s no need to go anywhere else and activities are free, unlike the experience of my friends starting at other universities.”

Picture captions: Simon Lloyd with students Clarissa Johnston-Ward and Madeline Baxter, studying BA (Hons) Creative Advertising; and with Sean Mackney, Pro Vice-Chancellor Education.


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