Bucks hosts visit from Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, paid an educational visit recently to Buckinghamshire New University.

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Iain Duncan Smith meets final year BA (Hons) Audio & Music Production student, Michael Simpson, and Frazer Mackenzie, Head of School, Media Production & Performance at Bucks New University.

“I was very impressed with what I saw at Bucks New University and could see the value of the contribution that the University makes to the local community, economy and industry."

High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire (PRWEB UK) 18 December 2013

Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, paid an educational visit recently to Buckinghamshire New University.

The Minister visited the University’s High Wycombe Campus to meet with members of the Senior Management Team and to see some of the innovative work linked to student employability that the University performs.

He was given a tour of the Campus to see specialist teaching sessions taking place in the film and TV production, and audio and music studios, before visiting the University’s policing simulation rooms to observe policing students perform and analyse a criminal investigation scenario as part of their coursework.

The Minster met with students, and also heard about the University’s work in the areas of criminal justice and social studies, as well as its Institute for Diversity Research, Inclusivity, Communities and Society (IDRICS).

Iain Duncan Smith said of his visit: “I was very impressed with what I saw at Bucks New University and could see the value of the contribution that the University makes to the local community, economy and industry.

“I was particularly interested in the University’s policing courses and its partnership with Thames Valley Police, which ensure that the teaching of students is directly linked to the skills required in today’s working world. This model of teaching is echoed across other courses at the University and I was incredibly impressed by the excellent facilities."

Ian Plover, Faculty Director: Design Media & Management, said: “We were very pleased to be able to welcome Iain Duncan Smith to the University and to have the opportunity to showcase what we are doing to prepare students and equip them with the skills and experience they need for their future careers.”

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Editor’s notes

Buckinghamshire New University has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893. The University offers an extensive portfolio of courses spanning the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. It also offers services to industry including contract research, consultancy and the opportunity to employ graduates.

The University has a state-of-the-art building in High Wycombe known as the Gateway, which comprises a learning resource and technology centre, events hall, gym, sports science laboratory, dance, drama, music and video production studios, library and meeting rooms. It also offers a growing provision of student accommodation in High Wycombe; and a thriving base for nursing students and applied healthcare research in Uxbridge, West London.

Its alumni include television star Noel Fielding and London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic medallists Naomi Riches and Chloe Rogers, and it has bestowed honorary degrees on well-known figures including Fern Britton, Terry Wogan and England Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio.

Website: bucks.ac.uk

For further information, details and images contact Sally Skea at Buckinghamshire New University on email sally(dot)skea(at)bucks(dot)ac(dot)uk.


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