Bucks New University

 

Overall ranking: Came 104th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

History: Traces origins to 1893, when School of Science and Art was set up in High Wycombe to support furniture design and manufacture. Has been an art and technology college and a further education college. Granted the right by Privy Council to award own taught degrees in 1994, and granted university status in 2007. Formerly Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College.

Address: Two campuses, one in High Wycombe, and another in Uxbridge, West London.

Ambience: High Wycombe is a market town 35 minutes from London and set in pretty, prosperous countryside. The newly-refurbished Uxbridge site is five minutes walk from the tube station, close to shopping centres and the Grand Union Canal.

Who's the boss? Professor Ruth Farwell, a mathematician, is vice-chancellor.

Prospectus: 0800 056 5660 or order one here.

UCAS code: B94

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Not too bad. Art and design courses ask for 160-200 UCAS points, while most others require 200-240. Foundation degrees ask for 100-140 UCAS points.

Vital statistics: Around 6,000 full and part-time undergraduates plus 2,000 or so on postgraduate, professional and short courses. Business, health, sport and design are the main subject areas. Lots of mature students. Bucks has made a significant investment in campus redevelopment with the construction of state-of-the-art facilities in the centre of High Wycombe, including a learning resource and technology centre, events hall, gym, sports science laboratory, dance, drama, music and video production studios, library and meeting rooms, as well as new student accommodation ten minutes walk from the High Wycombe campus .

Added value: Big on furniture design and manufacture. Runs courses from HND to PhD. Offers one of UK's only courses in music management. Launching a fashion design course with a focus on sustainability and ethics, with the first intake in September 2013.

Teaching: 110th out 124 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Research: 110th out of 124 in the Research Assessment Exercise.

Graduate prospects: 115th out of 124 with 49.2 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes. Rents cost between £93 and £155 per week. All students living outside a 25-mile radius of High Wycombe are guaranteed an offer of a room. All halls offer internet access either in the study bedrooms, or in the student lounge, and there is a free bus service between campuses.

Cheap to live there? Not particularly, but depends where you live. Averaged between £80 and £90 per week last year.

Transport links: Local buses to main campus. London within reach by train or car.

Fees: Depending on the course of study, 2013/14 fees are £6,000, £7,500 or £8,000 per year for home and EU full-time undergraduates.

Bursaries: A wide range of options for financial support are available to those from low income households, as well as scholarships for achievement. Bucks New University participates in the Government’s National Scholarship Programme which is designed to support students from low-income backgrounds. See here for more details.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Centres mainly on the students union. Regular club nights and a glamourous May Ball.

Price of a pint: Varies between the sites, but drinks from union bars will be your best bet for a good value lager.

Sporting reputation: So, so- ranked 86th out of 148 universities and colleges in the 2012/13 BUCS league.

Notable societies: Furniture History Society gives students the opportunity to learn about antiques, while Red Button Film Making club is a previous society of the year winner.

Glittering alumni: Noel Fielding, comedian; London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic medallists Chloe Rogers and Naomi Riches; Robin Day and Fred Scott, furniture designers; and artist Boo Ritson.

Alternative prospectus: Check into The Student Room to chat with former, current and prospective students about the Bucks New University experience.

 

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