Our Past

Bucks New University was originally founded in 1891 as the School of Science and Art. Back then the School offered evening classes to people in the local area – and was initially funded with a tax on beer and spirits!

In the 20th century, the School started to develop strong links with local crafts like furniture making and cabinetry. It was the beginning of our long association with furniture design and manufacture.

After the Second World War, the School expanded and became known as the High Wycombe College of Art and Technology. High Wycombe became a centre for the furniture making industry and estimates say that around 80% of all the nation’s wooden chairs were made in the town during the 1960s.

In 1999 we were awarded University College status by the Government and became known as Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. It wasn’t until 2007 that we changed that to the snappier name of Buckinghamshire New University.

A period of development

Up until the 2000s, the University had been split across a number of sites. In 2009 we consolidated, creating three campuses, with the main facilities at our High Wycombe Campus. The late noughties saw a lot of development work as the campus was expanded, and our innovative Gateway Building was opened. This state-of-the-art integrated learning complex was ahead of its time and won a prestigious RIBA award in 2010.

We’ve now been providing education for over 125 years, and welcome around 9,000 students a year to our campuses.

Some famous alumni

  • Noel Fielding – Noel is a well-known comedian and originally starred in The Mighty Boosh. You’ll now find him on Channel 4’s The Great British Bake Off. Noel studied Graphic Design and Advertising while he was here.
  • Naomi Riches – Naomi is an adaptive rower who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics and a gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. Very appropriate perhaps, as she studied Designed Metalwork & Jewellery with us.
  • Chloe Rogers – Chloe is one of the country’s best hockey players, and won an Olympic bronze medal at London 2012. She’s played for England and Great Britain an incredible 162 times.

Our Present

Nowadays Bucks has three main campuses, High Wycombe, Uxbridge and Aylesbury. High Wycombe is where most of our courses are based. Uxbridge campus is home to our wide range of nursing and healthcare courses, while the University Campus Aylesbury Vale offers a host of courses that are geared towards careers and professional programmes.

Over the past ten years or so, we have invested over £100 million in our facilities to make sure they meet our staff and students’ needs. The Gateway, our flagship building, is a state-of-the-art complex that hosts media production studios, a library, sports facilities and a gym all under one roof. The Gateway was such an innovative space and so admired that it won a coveted RIBA award in 2010.

In 2016 we opened our multi-million pound Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre, which is a beacon for premium sports and exercise science. The centre has a three-lane running track with 3D motion-capture technology, along with a sports injury and physiotherapy clinic. It has already become a hub for sports conditioning and treatment in the area.

We have also recently updated the south wing of our campus in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, to create dedicated and bespoke learning areas, along with informal spaces for students.

At the same time, our investment in Hughenden Park Student Village means there are now over 400 en-suite rooms available for students, all just a short walk from our High Wycombe campus.

Some stand out courses

We offer industry-leading travel and aviation courses, giving students the chance to study for a professional pilot’s licence while also carrying out university studies.

You’ll find some of the UK’s only music management courses here. We also offer film and television production and have forged rewarding partnerships with some high profile industry names in the media.

We are one of the very few universities that offer a degree in policing, giving graduates the chance to move onto a career in the police force.

Bucks is also one of the leading providers of nursing qualifications in the South-East, offering adult, child and mental health pre-qualifying nursing.

Our Future

At Bucks, students are at the heart of all that we do. We have exciting plans for the future to make our facilities and service even more inspiring and rewarding for everyone who studies with us.

We will build on our excellent reputation to extend our role as a hub for learning, reaching out to local, national and international communities. And we also want to develop our reputation for research and enterprise, across academic and professional disciplines.

A new digital space

To inspire young people to move into exciting and rewarding careers, we are working in partnership with Aylesbury College to create a new centre to support start-up businesses in the digital sector. The facilities will include a cyber-security suite and a virtual reality engineering design studio. Businesses will be able to get advice, support and space to help them grow and thrive.

We want to see a transformative culture where innovation, creativity and enterprise flourish. Our graduates are going to change the world. They will have an exciting future, and so will Bucks.

Our vision

Our vision is simple. We want to become a leading university for professional and creative education and applied research. That’s why we are carefully developing our course portfolios to make sure they are what students need, and will help them on the way to fulfilling employment.

There are three main strands to our vision: education, research and our people.

  • For education, we are crafting accessible university learning to transform lives and nurture the abilities in our graduates to change the world. We want to stretch and challenge our students to succeed and will build strong partnerships with organisations to give our students unprecedented opportunities.
  • In terms of research, we will increase and improve the amount of staff research to gain an even stronger reputation for excellence. Our research and enterprise activity will enrich and enhance our students’ experiences, and we will develop cross-disciplinary research to create innovative thinking.
  • Our people will help to drive these changes. We will make sure that our employees have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities. We will invest in an advanced digital infrastructure to encourage new and improved ways of working. Thanks to the continued dedication of all of our staff, we will make a real difference to our students’ lives.
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BA

Bucks New University

The aviation industry is a progressive one and constantly evolving in technologies, processes and protocols. We are looking for adaptable, self-reliant individuals who ha ... [+]

Course Overview

The aviation industry is a progressive one and constantly evolving in technologies, processes and protocols. We are looking for adaptable, self-reliant individuals who have a logical approach and a critical mind. Bucks has a long-standing reputation for its aviation degrees and this responsive course reflects the constant changes within this exciting industry.

This programme keeps pace with the continuous changes within the air transport industry, ensuring you graduate with the skillsets this energetic sector demands.

You can choose to study Bucks’ BA (Hons) Airline and Airport Management with Foundation Year, at the University Campus Aylesbury Vale, Uxbridge Campus or High Wycombe Campus, helping you to develop your skills and confidence before progressing onto the degree course based at our High Wycombe Campus.... [-]

United Kingdom High Wycombe Uxbridge
September 2019
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3 years
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Bucks New University

You’ll explore the many twists and turns of fashion, as well as how to research and develop ideas to produce exciting and innovative fashion. The course cultivates new wa ... [+]

Course Overview

Develop your own unique style with a BA (Hons) Fashion Design. With a focus on craftsmanship and innovation, we equip you with a broad knowledge of fashion from design, experimentation, pattern cutting and construction to putting together your own collection. If you want to make your mark on the fashion industry, you can start with this course.

With a large, well-equipped workshop and industry equipment you will use the space to create individual designs.

Understand fashion

You’ll explore the many twists and turns of fashion, as well as how to research and develop ideas to produce exciting and innovative fashion. The course cultivates new ways of making and thinking.... [-]

United Kingdom High Wycombe
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus

BSc

Bucks New University

If you really enjoy controlling the figures, then Accounting and Finance is the perfect career path for you. Every organisation needs accurate financial information in or ... [+]

Course Overview

If you really enjoy controlling the figures, then Accounting and Finance is the perfect career path for you. Every organisation needs accurate financial information in order to survive and to make decisions about future growth. You'll be able to recognise the trends and explore ways to keep a business afloat, making sure the profits stay up and the expenses stay low.

As it’s a joint degree, this course will benefit those aspiring to be accountants or working in the world of finance. It includes skills that build on investment and commercial banking, insurance, consultancy and financial markets.

Start a secure career with many opportunities

Wherever there is a business, there are accounts that need controlling. Almost every commercial organisation needs skilled financial support. There are companies that deal solely in finance too. These may be investment banks, insurance companies and financial services companies.... [-]

United Kingdom High Wycombe Uxbridge
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Bucks New University

Throughout this programme, you’ll study key modules in air law, meteorology and instruments alongside broader subjects such as global aviation and airport operations. You ... [+]

Course Overview

If you want to qualify as a commercial pilot, this dynamic course covers the many areas of air transport management and prepares you for a successful career as a commercial pilot. It is one of only a few UK universities to have an FNPT II Flight Simulator, which you will use during the final year of your studies, helping you to prepare for the final phase of your flight training.

Unique to the UK Higher Education sector, Bucks New University’s programme will allow you to obtain a university degree and a frozen ATPL in just three years of full-time study - at a lower cost than doing them separately.

We are looking for applicants who can demonstrate an enthusiasm for flying and a strong interest in the aviation industry.... [-]

United Kingdom High Wycombe
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus
Bucks New University

Knowing how to help someone overcome their challenges isn’t easy. This course gives you the insight and knowledge to help them overcome barriers. Your study will combine ... [+]

Course Overview

Are you a ‘people person’? Do you have a genuine interest in people? Do you possess patience and perseverance? Then you could potentially become a social worker. As a professionally registered social worker, you’ll make a difference to people’s lives.

Gain experience with working with vulnerable groups

Knowing how to help someone overcome their challenges isn’t easy. This course gives you the insight and knowledge to help them overcome barriers. Your study will combine classroom theory with real-life practice experience, some of which involves working alongside current social workers. You’ll also gain an understanding of how social work fits in with UK government policy and legislation.... [-]

United Kingdom High Wycombe Uxbridge
September 2019
Full-time
3 years
Campus