The scale of the Big Deal and On Course package is unmatched anywhere in UK higher education, making it a totally unique offer. Naomi Franco, President of Bucks Students' Union.
(PRWEB UK) 3 July 2014
The Big Deal just got bigger at Bucks New University
From September, Buckinghamshire New University is offering a new package to support students’ academic development and enhance their experience and employability.
The Big Deal On Course package, developed jointly by the University and its Students’ Union, is worth up to £1,000 to each new undergraduate student over their three-year period of study.
Depending on the course, the package can include book tokens for essential textbooks, equipment and materials, photocopying credits and a contribution to the cost of field trips and degree shows.
Means-tested bursaries will also be available to help students cover the costs of essential field trips as well as a fund for travel costs to attend job interviews, work placements and internships.
Gown hire will be offered at not cost to students graduating from September 2015 and after.
Professor Shân Wareing, Pro Vice Chancellor Learning & Teaching, explained: “At most UK universities, in addition to tuition fees, students have to pay for books and course equipment, events, membership of clubs and societies, sport activities and social trips. Many people just don’t realise how expensive these extra costs can be.
“So at Bucks New University, in addition to the benefits we provide for students within their fee, we have pledged to make clear upfront any additional essential costs related to courses, such as textbooks, field trips, equipment or materials, to enable students to budget.
“We are also increasing access to key services during term time at the University’s campus at High Wycombe. The library, IT suites and café will be open 24-hours a day and students will be able to use studios and events and dance spaces for longer.”
All of the new benefits are in addition to the University’s unique Big Deal package. Bucks New University is the only UK university to offer students no cost access to such a wide range of complimentary activities which include events, sport, skills workshops and training, and membership of over 40 different societies.
Students don’t have to pay a penny to play competitive sport and be transported to games, with the cost of playing kit and accommodation at competitions all covered. They have the opportunity to boost their CV with free workshops and certified courses like emergency first-aid and public speaking training.
Tickets for all entertainment events are also free and trips to the theatre and theme parks are organised at no cost to students.
Naomi Franco, President of Bucks Students’ Union, added: “The scale of the Big Deal and On Course package is unmatched anywhere in UK higher education, making it a totally unique offer. No other university in the country supports its students quite like we do and provides all these opportunities for free.”
For details about the Big Deal On Course package, see this video: http://www.bucks.ac.uk/bigdealvid.
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.
For further information, details and images contact Dean Valler, Communications Officer at Buckinghamshire New University, on 01494 601 636 or 07920 212 937 or email dean(dot)valler(at)bucks(dot)ac(dot)uk.