Buckinghamshire New University
|Buckinghamshire New University|
|Motto||Latin: Arte et industria|
|Motto in English||"By Art and Industry"|
|Established||2007 – gained University Status
1893 – Science and Art School
|Other students||125 FE|
|Location||High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Campus in Uxbridge, Middlesex
|Former names||Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education|
Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) is a university in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. The Vice-Chancellor of the university is Ruth Farwell. The institution was a university college between 1999 and 2007, when in 2007 it announced that its application for university status had been accepted.
Founded in 1893 as the School of Science and Art, the institution changed its name from "Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College" to its current name of "Buckinghamshire New University" ("Bucks") when its application for university status was approved in 2007 by the Privy Council. Proposed names such as "University of Wycombe", "University of High Wycombe", "High Wycombe University", "University of Buckinghamshire" and "Buckinghamshire Chilterns University" were rejected. The chosen name was swiftly attacked by the University of Buckingham for using the county name. Critics have argued that the 'New' element of the university's name will look out of place in the long-term.
Bucks had ambitious plans to consolidate its divided campuses into a purpose-built site near to Hughenden Park in High Wycombe on land previously owned by CompAir. While these plans fell through, the university changed plans to renovate and enlarge the main campus as well as consolidate both the Wellesbourne and Chalfont campuses onto the High Wycombe site. Additionally new halls of residence have been built at the Hughenden Park site.
The University has undertaken a major development of the High Wycombe Campus with a large structure, known as the Gateway, being built onto the front of the existing building. The building itself is based on a study of its contexts and the irregular urban gain of the town centre. It won a RIBA award in 2010. A state-of-the-art complex, it offers a rich mix of commercial-standard facilities, including a sports/events hall, fitness centre and performance lab, dance and drama studios, music recording studios and video production suites, a modern integrated learning resources centre and meeting and conference rooms.
The University currently consists of two campuses: High Wycombe Campus (previously belonging to the High Wycombe College of Art and Technology), and since 2009 a site in Uxbridge in the London Borough of Hillingdon, which is the base for its nursing students. The University in 2008 disposed of two existing campuses; the Chalfont Campus (near Little Chalfont) and the Wellesbourne Campus (near Hazlemere).
The university sponsor Wycombe Wanderers F.C. and London Wasps who play at the Adams Park Stadium; this agreement entitles all players of the teams to education from the university if they so wish.
Halls of residence
Off-site student accommodation exists in High Wycombe town centre (Brook Street Halls) and Hughenden Avenue.
The university has two main halls of residence. The older of the two is Brook Street Halls. It consist of 396 rooms, and is situated 5 minutes' walk from the University, across from the main bus station and Eden shopping centre; the other hall is Hughenden Park Student Village built in 2009, which is 15 minutes' walk from the University and town, and built near Hughenden Manor.
Departments and academics
Several courses run at the university are rarities in British universities. The Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training is a course offering students the opportunity to study for a professional pilots licence whilst undertaking university  studies in areas such as globalization of the air transport industry and health safety and security for airlines and airports. Many former students (including Virgin Atlantic deputy chief pilot David Brooks) have gone on to attain jobs as pilots in flying schools, charter companies and airlines around the world including Susi Air, Cathay Pacific, Quatar, BMI and Ryanair.
The university offers several other innovative courses such as Airline and Airport Management, Music Management and Film and Television Production, as well as the extensive Furniture Design and Restoration, Textiles and Advertising departments are offered and is one of very few that has created a degree in Policing. It also offers a foundation degree course in bed sales management, in partnership with bed manufacturer Dreams.
Trevor Baylis is a frequent guest lecturer, and was present at a 2004 graduation ceremony and graduate degree show; he received an honorary degree from the University in 2007, and was present at the official opening of the Gateway building in 2010.
Reputation and rankings
The university was ranked 104th by the Complete University Guide, 119th by The Guardian Good University Guide and 106th by The Times/ Sunday Times guide. In November 2013 it was ranked 12th in the UK by the Huffington Post in a list of creative universities. 
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- Noel Fielding - Actor and Comedian
- Mohamed Mohamed - Big Brother 9 contestant
- Dave Brown - Comedian
- Veronica Carlson - Model and Actress
- Philip Koomen - Furniture designer
- Rebecca Stephens - Singer
- Fans of Kate - Band
- Otto Decker - English-U.S. soccer player
- Lucian Ercolani - Furniture Designer
- John Bolam - Artist
- Chris Joyce - Actor
- "Table 0a – All students by institution, mode of study, level of study, gender and domicile 2006/07" (Microsoft Excel spreadsheet). Higher Education Statistics Agency. Retrieved 2008-04-05.
- Official Site Retrieved November 2013
- Kealey, Terence (2007-11-13). "What's in a name? Our reputation, for a start". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
- Top architectural award for the Gateway
- "Selling beds is now degree course". BBC News. 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
- Bucks New University Official Site Retrieved November 2012
- "University League Table 2014". The Complete University Guide. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
- "University guide 2014: University league table". The Guardian. 3 June 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2014". Times Newspapers. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
- Huffington Post 5 November 2013 Retrieved November 2013