Buckinghamshire New University Graduation 2016
The graduation at Buckinghamshire New University is a time of wonderful celebration for the University, our students and their families and friends.
Bucks New University may have the word ‘new’ in its name but our origins go as far back as the early 1890s when we were established as a Science and Art School. We owe our origins, in part, to a highly unpopular tax imposed on beer and spirits. This was levied to provide a compensation fund for owners of drinking establishments which were forced to close when the drinks trade became regulated. The fund became so large that in 1880, Parliament decided to make it available for education purposes. Monies from this education fund and Buckinghamshire County Council jointly provided the necessary finance to build the new institution at its original site in Frogmore Gardens in High Wycombe.
Today, 125 years later, we are a very well established university with locations in Wycombe, Uxbridge, Aylesbury and Great Missenden. Our students come from across the country and the world and when they graduate are sought after by employers. Some 94.5% of our graduates were in work or further study at the latest census point. Our students are highly motivated, creative and innovative. They are also altruistic. This year, 543 students took part in volunteering activities, amassing nearly 8,000 hours over 72 different projects and many others have given their time to projects away from the University and in course representation and society and team leadership. This is a wonderful testimony to our students. I refute the assertion that young people today are only interested in themselves and don’t care about others. The University is very proud of its graduates and their efforts.