Buckinghamshire New University London

By | 3rd May 2017

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Buckinghamshire New University London

Buckinghamshire New University is a public university with campuses in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, and Uxbridge, West London. The Vice-Chancellor of the University is Rebecca Bunting. The institution dates from 1891 when it was founded as the School of Science and Art, and has since that date been re-invented variously as the Wycombe Technical Institute, the High Wycombe College of Art and Technology, and the Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education. It was a university college from 1999 until 2007 when it announced that its application for university status had been accepted.

Campuses

Hughenden Park Student Village under construction in 2009

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, a thriving base for nursing students and applied healthcare research.

In 2008, the University disposed of two existing campuses; the Chalfont Campus (near Little Chalfont) and the Wellesbourne Campus (near Hazlemere).

Gateway building

The University undertook a major development of the High Wycombe Campus with a large structure, known as the Gateway Building, being built onto the front of the existing building. It won a RIBA award in 2010.

A state-of-the-art complex, the Gateway offers a rich mix of commercial-standard facilities, including a sports/events hall, fitness centre and performance lab, dance and drama studios, sound design labs, music recording studios and video production suites, a modern integrated learning resources centre and meeting and conference rooms. It also has green screen facilities and a motion capture system.

Halls of residence

There is a range of accommodation at Bucks New University including halls of residence, managed houses and the student village:

  • Brook Street Halls, the first to be built for Bucks New University, has 396 rooms and is situated opposite High Wycombe station, a five minutes’ walk from the University campus.
  • Hughenden Park Student Village was completed in 2009. All 410 student rooms are en-suite and the area is a 15 minutes’ walk from the University’s Wycombe campus.
  • Windsor House is located in High Wycombe town centre. Much of the estate used to build the halls has been bought from The Chilterns Shopping Centre.
  • Alexandra House is the smallest hall and is adjacent to the main Wycombe campus.