'Seize every opportunity' Vice-Chancellor tells new students
Date: 27th Sep 2018
Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting welcomed new students to Bucks New University this week and encouraged them to seize every opportunity during their time at Bucks.
Professor Bunting (pictured) said: “Two weeks ago we saw 1,660 students graduate and, along with their guests, more than 6,000 people pass through the University in five days of great celebration. I'm delighted to now welcome our new undergraduate, Foundation Year and apprenticeship students, as they begin their academic journeys at Bucks.
“We work hard to provide our students with highly-interactive, quality teaching to ensure they reach their potential and succeed in their chosen careers and professions. Our students must play their part too, by making the most of their time with us, both academically and outside the curriculum. This will help them to stand out from the competition when they seek jobs after graduation.”
The University is welcoming students to a range of employment-focused and skills-based courses which run across three campuses in High Wycombe, Uxbridge and Aylesbury.
“We’re very proud that in the latest NSS, Bucks Students’ Union now ranks as the best in the UK for representing students' academic interests. They offer a wide variety of opportunities throughout the year for students to try new things, stretch themselves, make new friends and develop their skills and experience,” added Professor Bunting in her speech to new students.
Activities in Welcome Week (see photos below) include sports taster sessions, animal therapy, Students' Union welcome parties, quiz nights and the Freshers’ Fair.
Tristan Tipping, chief executive officer of Bucks Students’ Union said: “We provide something for everyone to get involved in from joining one of our many sports team to taking part in community volunteering. There are plenty of free activities to have fun and learn new skills at the same time. We also help get students ready for life after Bucks with workshops including public speaking and crafting a great CV. The Students’ Union is always there to give support and advice for any problems our members face.”
Professor Bunting added: “We work in partnership with the Students’ Union and urge students to make the most of all the great activities they offer. There are so many different ways to get involved and we know that students who engage with the Union’s programmes perform better in their studies too.”
And Professor Bunting also had advice for students settling into University life: “Bucks is a caring and supportive University so if and when you hit obstacles along the way, please do talk to us and ask for support. There are plenty of people on hand to help, whatever problem you’re facing.”
“Please make the most of every minute of your time at Bucks. We’ll support you to be successful and realise your ambitions. You each have so much to learn and experience ahead of you, and I wish you every success and happiness at Bucks,” concluded Professor Bunting.