Bucks New University

 

 

Overall ranking: Came 115th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

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 until early 2015.

Prospectus: 0800 056 5660 or order one here.

UCAS code: B94

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Art and design courses normally require 200-240 UCAS points. Foundation degrees ask for 100-140 UCAS points, but the university looks at every application on an individual basis. All arts and design courses require a portfolio and/or interview.

Vital statistics: Over 7,000 full and part-time undergraduates plus over 2,500 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. Bucks is also now offering four new discounted courses in Slough, taught intensively over two days a week. These are BSc (Hons) accounting & finance; BA (Hons) business Management; and Foundation Degrees in health & social Care and IT services management.

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, which had its first intake in September 2013.

Teaching: 118th out 123 for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: 122nd out of 124 with 42.9 per cent finding graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? Yes. Halls of Residence rental costs range from £99.98 to £166.50 per week.

Cheap to live there? Not particularly, but depends where you live. Prices average between £75 and £90, excluding bills.

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

Fees: Full-time undergrad courses are £9,000. Bucks's four new part-time degree courses in Slough are £4,800.

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 85th out of 145 universities and colleges in the 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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