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This is an ‘interesting’ time for anyone connected with higher education as we wait to see how the changes in Government will affect universities. As chair of representative body, GuildHE, I have recently submitted our thoughts to the review of higher education funding and student finance that is being led by Lord Browne. The review is tasked with making recommendations to Government on how the sector is funded, which obviously includes the future policy on fees paid by students as well as their financial support. At Bucks, we are in the process of finalising our new strategic plan which will take us through the next five years; we will be able to tell you more about that in the next Connection. As we look forward to a new era and come to the end of an academic year, it is a good time to reflect on the many successes we have had. We are continuing to attract applications way above the average number for the sector. We won a Buckinghamshire Enterprise Award, our new Gateway building has been nominated for three awards, and we have also received award nominations for our student recruitment campaign and undergraduate prospectus. Our students and graduates have won recognition for their work, with award-wins spanning our advertising, textiles and human resource management courses. In a challenging economic environment, it is all the more important that we seek to equip our students with the skills they will need when they enter the workplace. Our Careers & Employability Team have been undertaking initiatives designed to provide students with valuable work experience, and we are also helping recent graduates through a new internship programme funded by the Government. We have been developing our short course provision over the last year and you can read more about Phil Wood, our Head of Work-based Learning and Short Course Development in the Faculty of Design, Media & Management, who is leading this initiative, in our Profile piece on page 4. We are also focusing more on our international links and you will find news of new partnerships with organisations in India and China on pages 10 and 12. The higher education sector is currently making changes to the way in which research is measured and funded. Initial decisions have been made about the new Research Excellence Framework with further details and ideas being piloted. You can read about some of the research taking place at Bucks on pages 20-25. This year, we have been privileged to host lectures by leading figures from the worlds of healthcare and sport in a new public lecture series. We will post details of future lectures on our website in the autumn; I do hope you will be able to join us for some of them. It is some while since we have formally gathered feedback on Connection from our readers, and so this edition contains a short survey; we would be very grateful if you would complete this and return it to us. Prof Ruth Farwell Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
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The Chief Executive of Sport England spoke at Bucks in the first of a series of free lectures featuring leading speakers from sport and healthcare. Jennie Price addressed an audience including representatives of sport bodies, University employees, students, representatives from local government, and pupils from local schools.
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Gateway shortlisted for three awards The striking new flagship building at Bucks New University’s High Wycombe Campus has been shortlisted for two top architectural awards and a Building Excellence award. The Gateway opened its doors last September, and has now been nominated for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Central Building Excellence awards. The RIBA Awards are given for buildings that have made a substantial contribution to the local environment. The RICS Awards showcase the talents of surveyors, property developers, engineers, planners and architects. The Gateway has been shortlisted in the best educational
building category in the LABC awards. The building was designed by RMJM Architects and built by BAM Construction. Prof Trevor Nicholls, Pro Vice Chancellor, Estates & Facilities, at Bucks New University, said: “The Gateway is fast becoming an iconic landmark in High Wycombe and we are delighted that it has been recognised by the RICS, RIBA and LABC awards. A key objective of the University is to enhance the experiences of our students. The Gateway offers first-class facilities and enables us to provide a learning environment which reflects our status as a modern, forward-thinking and innovative institution.” The award winners were announced after Connection had gone to press.
University is shortlisted for two awards Bucks New University has been shortlisted for two higher education awards – a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award (THELMA), and a Heist Award for higher education marketing. The University has been shortlisted for a THELMA in the ‘Recruitment Campaign of the Year’ category, alongside Bournemouth University, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the Universities of Cumbria, East Anglia, and the West of England. Organised by the higher education information magazine, Times Higher Education, the awards recognise “the outstanding achievements of those who run UK universities”. The University’s entry was based on the recruitment campaign undertaken during the academic year 2008-09. The winners are due to be announced in London on 17 June 2010. The Heist Awards recognise and celebrate the professionalism and innovation shown by higher education marketing professionals. Bucks New University was shortlisted in the ‘Best Higher Education Prospectus’ category.
The annual Heist Awards celebrated their 20th anniversary this year, and the winners were announced in Manchester on 27 May 2010. Other contenders in the ‘Best Higher Education Prospectus’ category included: The University of Edinburgh, King’s College London, and The Open University. Prof Ruth Farwell said: “Our recruitment campaigns and prospectuses play a key part in attracting prospective students to Bucks New University. “The effectiveness of these marketing materials is evidenced by the very high percentage increase in applications to the University, which has been sustained this year and is much higher than the average for the sector. “Being shortlisted for these awards is also testament to the hard work and commitment of our employees, and to the growing recognition of the strengths of our University.” The winners of the Heist Awards were announced after Connection had gone to press.
Proﬁle: Phil Wood Before joining Bucks in September, the experienced security professional was a commissioned officer in the RAF and worked with an internationally-recognised corporate security training company. So Phil, originally from Oldham, Lancashire, is perfectly placed to drive forward sector-leading degree and short course programmes in areas in which he has a wealth of knowledge. He said: “I am finding the work a highly enjoyable, albeit slightly different, challenge. The most enjoyable part is developing and improving the programmes that we have in all my areas of responsibility and exploring new ways and routes for providing a university education for those who aspire to it.” These ‘new routes’ have included developing work-based learning courses in areas including an MSc in Business Continuation, Security & Emergency Management, and for next year, Aviation Security. There are also plans for the development of other programmes with business and sector partners.
Phil Wood, the Head of Work-based Learning and Short Course Development at Bucks, counts the Falkland Islands and Iraq as previous stops during an extensive military career. So you would think that High Wycombe may be a little quiet for Phil, also a principal lecturer in security studies – but he is having none of it.
Phil’s roles prior to joining Bucks also included a six-month stint between December 2005 and June 2006 as chief interpreter responsible for the management of all the linguists supporting the UK Armed Forces in Iraq. To prepare for this, Phil underwent a 15-month course in Arabic which included studying in Cairo to make him fluent in the language. He has an MSc in Security and Risk Management, is a member of global
Bucks says goodbye to long-serving colleague The University bid a fond farewell to a highly-regarded colleague who joined when pop band The Osmonds were top of the charts in 1974. David Gay had worked at Bucks since 1 September 1974 when the Osmonds were at number one with Love Me for a Reason.
security standards body, ASIS International, and is also a member of the Security Institute, the Institute of Leadership & Management, and an associated member of the Business Continuity Institute. It is all experience he has brought to his new role. Now Phil is turning his mind to increasing the range and depth of short courses on offer at Bucks. At present the University offers short courses in subjects including art, business, computing, dance, design, education, fitness, music and entertainment, and security. Phil hopes that many more will be developed over coming years. Phil said: “My aim is to develop my areas of responsibility so that my team and I can provide sector-leading degree and short course programmes to a higher standard than other establishments. I also want the team to continue to grow and develop professionally and academically so that they as individuals benefit from their own hard work.” Phil says he is determined to push forward his role and make Bucks the unrivalled hub of short courses and security training. He attended the same school in Oldham later attended by Manchester United footballer Paul Scholes, and says he has no trouble knowing what his goals are. He said: “Which part I concentrate on depends on the time of day, who wants what by when and any plans that I might be working on!” Find out more about short courses at Bucks at bucks.ac.uk/shortcourses
His final position was Pro Vice Chancellor, Academic Services, Planning & Enhancement, and a reception was held to mark his retirement. He joined when Bucks was known as High Wycombe College of Art and Technology, as a lecturer in French and Spanish. Vice Chancellor, Prof Ruth Farwell, said: “David has given exceptional service. He has played a great role in allowing us to reach the point where we are today, as a University. He deserves tremendous credit.” David said he was looking forward to having more freedom in his retirement, including playing more golf. He is a member of Oakland Park Golf Club, in Chalfont St Giles. He said: “The University is going to continue to transform and grow and I will always look back on my career with great satisfaction. I take great pride in my time here and have always given my fullest possible commitment no matter which role I took on. It has been a pleasure. “I am looking forward to playing more golf, where I will try and get a handicap that matches my aspirations, and travelling more, as well as enjoying the freedom that comes with doing things when I want to do them.”
Applicant experience is top of the agenda higher education. This conference brought together practitioners from the whole of the Progress South Central Lifelong Learning Network area, with national input from SPA and UCAS. This type of engagement and discussion has never before been focused on admissions, and we hope that the model may be rolled out to other Lifelong Learning Networks.” Janet also raised a number of issues for higher and further education, saying: “If higher education shrinks, will HEIs’ partnerships with FE colleges be reconsidered and even cease, and how will this affect the experiences of applicants? Strong partnerships are the way forward, and institutions need to ensure their relationships with their partners are robust and of benefit to all involved.”
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Further and higher education must work more closely together to provide the best possible applicant experience, in a year of unprecedented demand for higher education. That was the conclusion of a gathering of employees from further education colleges and universities from the south central region at a conference designed to address issues surrounding admissions processes for higher education courses in further education colleges. Mary Curnock Cook, the new Chief Executive of UCAS, was the first of two keynote speakers at ‘Professionalising Admission to Higher Education in Further Education’; she spoke about the very unusual context in which admissions professionals are working. With over 630,000 applicants to higher education and a cap on student numbers, the challenges and opportunities for admissions professionals are extraordinary. Mary Curnock Cook said: “UCAS’s overall aim is to make sure the right choices are made for the right reasons and have the right outcomes. With cuts to funding for higher education having been announced, a review of fees underway, and a new government part-way through the application cycle, this is an uncertain year in many ways. ”Nevertheless, there has been a 43.5% rise in applications for higher education courses at further education colleges, more than double the increase seen in the sector as a whole. This presents a real opportunity for FE colleges and the higher education institutions that validate their higher education courses.” The second keynote speaker, Janet Graham, Director of SPA (Supporting Professionalism in Admissions) said: “Working together in a meaningful and strategic way is now critically important for further and
In a poll of conference participants from FE colleges the majority of respondents said that students in FE colleges were at least as well-informed as school students, but that they would benefit from more information about higher education and information that was more targeted to them. FE colleges also felt that they should either be involved in higher education institutions’ applicant strategies or be consulted about them. This interactive session was led by Dan Shaffer, Senior Project Officer at SPA, who also advised participants to focus effort on interaction between parts of the organisation involved in the applicant experience, from pre-applicant stage (widening participation, marketing and schools liaison), through admissions to student-facing services, such as teaching and learning – advice that has already been implemented at Bucks New University with the creation of a new Student Experience Directorate, which brings together all the student-facing activities for the first time. Bob Cozens, deputy director of student experience at Bucks, and the instigator of the conference, said: “Mary Curnock Cook is one of the most influential figures in the HE sector and it was fantastic for us to attract such a high calibre of speaker. Thanks to Progress South Central we now have the opportunity to work together with other HEIs and their partner colleges with the aim of enhancing the applicant experience. Further education colleagues gained an invaluable opportunity, in a stimulating environment, to speak to admissions professionals from the higher education sector and address issues they may have.” The conference took place at Bucks New University’s Missenden Abbey Conference Centre. It was organised by Progress South Central, the Lifelong Learning Network for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey, and delivered in partnership with Bucks New University, Oxford Brookes University, the University of Reading, and the University of Surrey.
Bucks sustains increase in applications Bucks New University has experienced one of the highest percentage increases in applications to UK universities, according to statistics released by UCAS in February. The University saw a 54 per cent increase in applications for full-time undergraduate courses, compared to 2009 statistics, putting it in the top ten universities for percentage increases in applications. The University has also seen one of the highest growths in applications for full-time undergraduate honours degrees, seeing a 49 per cent increase this year. Although the rise can be attributed in part to changes to the application procedures for art and design students, it still represents a significant achievement for the University. Figures released in February showed that, as of 22 January, the overall number of applicants to UK universities and colleges for full-time undergraduate courses was up 22.9 per cent on this time last year, with a total of 570,556 applicants. Bucks New University’s position is thought have been prompted by a review of its course portfolio, the smooth completion of a major campus consolidation and redevelopment programme, and a significant commitment to enhancing the student experience through a package
known as the Big D£al, which comprises free access to a range of activities and events, in addition to a non-means-tested bursary. Vice Chancellor, Prof Ruth Farwell, said: “During difficult economic times and during a period of great transition, it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all at the University that we have kept our application numbers admirably high. “We are delighted that these figures confirm our position as an attractive proposition for university applicants. We look forward to building on this hard work in the future and continuing to ensure that Bucks is among the first places in many students’ thoughts when they come to consider which university to attend to help shape their future.”
Did you know? In 2009, Bucks New University had the highest percentage increase in applications at a UK university for its full-time undergraduate honours degree courses. The next set of 2010 application figures will be released by UCAS in June.
Postgraduate students show creative treasures An array of creative talent and craftsmanship was on show at Bucks New University’s MA Furniture Design & Technology Graduate Show. The Show celebrated the talent, creativity and success of ten postgraduate students. Amongst the range of creations exhibited was the work of Nessa Doran O’Reilly, who was a furniture designer and maker prior to commencing her MA at Bucks. Nessa’s project, Happy Furniture, featured a coffee table and coat stand designed to optimise the unique light-emitting characteristics of live edge acrylic, an upholstered swinging seat that hugs the user, and a pine coat stand that welcomes you home with open arms. Course leader, Dr Lynn Jones, commented: “This year’s graduate cohort have proved once again that Bucks students are extremely
talented, having won competitions and work placements across the board. Demonstrating huge amounts of design skill, creativity and unerring tenacity, these ten enthusiastic people have shown great affinity with each other, and through their friendship and zest for life have given us a very optimistic, creatively diverse and commercially challenging exhibition.” Selected items were also displayed at Bucks New University’s MA Furniture Design & Technology Exhibition 2010, hosted by Vitra, in its prestigious London showroom. Tony Ash, MD of Vitra UK, was impressed by the quality of the work: “It was great to see the vision and professionalism of these young creatives, and I, for one, look forward to seeing their influence on the furniture market in the not too distant future.”
Ellen Blachly’s settee and chairs
Andreas Sampatakos’s cabinet
MA Furniture Conservation & Restoration students unveiled items of beautifully restored furniture at their Graduate Show. Course leader Dr Campbell Norman-Smith, said: “This has been a very exciting year and a wonderful opportunity for us to display in the University’s new Gateway building. We have been very fortunate to work on some lovely pieces of furniture from Waddesdon Manor, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Buckingham Palace, and the results this year were of a very high standard. I have enjoyed teaching such an international group of graduates.” Amongst the items exhibited was the work of Andreas Sampatakos, a Senior Conservator of Wooden Works of Art at the Municipal Gallery of Athens in Greece. He has extensive experience in museum conservation having worked for 14 years in the Conservation of Icons and Wooden Works of Art in the Greek Ministry of Culture, and in the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens. Andreas’s MA project was one of a pair of Boulle marquetry decorated side cabinets, which belong to the Royal Collection. Also on display were items restored by student, Keiko Nakamura, who exhibited a small urushi (Asian lacquered) box on which she worked during her internship at Konishi Decorative Arts & Crafts in Tokyo, and a regency gilt over-mantel mirror. Originally from Japan and now resident in Oxfordshire, Keiko worked as a furniture restorer in Japan and the UK for seven years.
American student, Ellen Blachly, whose background is in tailoring and upholstery, moved to England to start the course. Her work included two needlepoint-covered chairs from the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, and a 19th century settee which is a reproduction of an 18th century design.
New forum for furniture industry A key focus of the first gathering of the Forum was the launch of a new competition for schools and young designers across Buckinghamshire entitled ‘My Big Furniture Idea’. The brief was to design a single type of outdoor seating to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Entrants were asked to consider issues of outdoor usage, sustainability, recycling and environmental impact in their choice of materials. Participants were also able to attend a Private View of the Postgraduate Degree Show, where students from the MA Furniture Design & Technology and MA Furniture Conservation, Restoration & Decorative Arts courses exhibited their work.
Chris Hyde from Rycotewood Furniture Centre with Bucks’s Prof Chris Kemp
Bucks New University has established a new forum for furniture practitioners, retailers, manufacturers and trade associations to discuss the issues affecting the furniture-making industry today. The Bucks Furniture Forum will meet four times each year.
Peter Hadfield, business development manager at Bucks New University, commented: “The Bucks Furniture Forum is an opportunity for everyone involved in the furniture industry to meet with like-minded people and discuss any issues affecting them or the industry in which they work.” If you would like to attend the Bucks Furniture Forum, or for any further information, please contact email@example.com
Furniture lecturer becomes Freeman of London A well-respected lecturer is free to walk sheep over London Bridge – should she wish – after being made a Freeman of the City of London. Dr Lynn Jones was made a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers at The Guildhall, in London, and automatically also became a Freeman of the City of London. Dr Jones is course leader for the MA Furniture Design & Technology course at Bucks, well-known for her collaborations with industry, and an expert at degree and master’s level. She was presented with a parchment and certificate by the Clerk of the Chamberlain’s Court, as well as the book of Rules for the Conduct of Life, written by the Lord Mayor between 1737 and 1738. Dr Jones has worked at Bucks since 1996, was previously a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers, and was among four Freemen also made Liverymen on the same day. She said: “Signing the Register of Freemen alongside the names of Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana was particularly resonant of the significance of this accolade. “I feel even more responsibility now than ever to help and support the industry in any way I can. Inspiring people to enter the world of furniture is my basic daily goal –
it is a great privilege and responsibility. My father, who sadly died 14 years ago, would have been very proud.”
Did you know? The Freemanship is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today and the first Freedom is believed to have been presented in 1237.
Students show seating for schools Seating for schools created by Bucks students and Ercol, features at an ongoing exhibition, Sit Down: Seating for Kids, at the V&A Museum of Childhood in East London. Taking the classic children’s tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears as its starting point, Sit Down: Seating for Kids invites the visitor to consider what makes a successful seat. Is it comfort, is it style, or ease of use? Spanning four centuries, the exhibition features over 70 examples of seating made for children, ranging from school chairs to swings and potties. Bucks MA Furniture Design students were invited to design a seat for use in schools, and worked with renowned furniture company, Ercol, to produce a series of full-sized prototypes which are on display at the exhibition. Ercol, which has manufactured a wide range of furniture in solid wood since the 1920s, helped the students to write the initial design brief and provided them with feedback on their conceptual designs, which were developed following research on school furniture. Once the designs were complete, Ercol gave practical support to the students by making the prototype stools at its factory near High Wycombe. Course leader Dr Lynn Jones, commented: “The work demonstrates a very high level of entrepreneurship, design ability, and craftsmanship. To have conducted serious research, developed a design through to prototyping with Ercol, and to have had the confidence to then have the stools exhibited for feedback about their credibility, is a very brave thing to have done. Ercol again demonstrated unerring support for young graduates entering the furniture profession, and its staff have been tremendous advisors and supporters of the students, of the University, and of the exhibition.” Edward Tadros, Chairman of Ercol, said: “To create new furniture for schools is no lightweight task. The students have put in a lot of thought and listened to the discussions about how children sit and how much they sit, or don’t sit. A stool, which has no back, should also encourage a better posture in a child. “There was a lovely idea of making the turnings on the legs as spheres and cylinders and cones, all the simple geometric shapes of children’s building blocks, and in brilliant colours. The designers have not forgotten to form these stools very much in the idiom that you would expect to be associated with Ercol. “We’ve very much enjoyed being part of this project. Thank you to the Museum, I am sure it will be a much enjoyed and appreciated exhibition over the coming months.” Sit Down: Seating for Kids runs until 5 September 2010. For further information visit vam.ac.uk/moc s
Bucks students earn advertising acclaim Two advertising students have scooped top industry awards after scripting an innovative anti-smoking commercial. Nusha Hamidi and Jess Davis picked up four gongs at the 2010 Kodak Student Commercial Awards run in association with the British Television Advertising Association. They wrote the script for the advertisement ‘Smoking Law’, which was filmed by students from Westminster Film School for anti-smoking charity, The Deborah Hutton Campaign. Nusha and Jess are in the third year of their BA (Hons) Advertising: Creative degrees. They walked away with awards for Best Innovation, Best Post-Production and Best In-Brief, as well as the overall award for best commercial. The commercial imagined a world where smoking was compulsory and people were required by law to light up from the age of 12. Jess said: “In this imaginary world even doctors smoke and the idea was to take the rebellious element out of smoking. The advert was in the form of a news report, showing how people rebelled by not smoking, so it was a completely different scenario to reality.” The award includes a two-week placement with top agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty. The students will also pick up an award from The Deborah Hutton Campaign. Nusha added: “We’re over the moon about all this acclaim and we love the attention and publicity we are receiving. It is a fantastic boost to our careers and a great endorsement of the work we’ve done at Bucks.” Course leader, Julie Wright, said this was the first year that Kodak had invited advertising students to submit scripts for the awards: “Clearly we were worth our place as we won. We are among the top three advertising courses in the country, with strong industry partnerships, and this success illustrates the strong calibre of students we are teaching.” More than 250 scripts were submitted for the Kodak award, with 52 picked out to progress in the competition, seven of which came from Bucks.
Design graduate receives national recognition A Bucks design graduate had her work praised by judges after reaching the final of a national competition in interior design. Tamar Balakjian, who graduated in BA (Hons) Textile and Surface Design in 2009, made the final of Interiors 2010 at the Birmingham NEC. She submitted two pieces of work completed while she was at Bucks, and featured in the ‘Surface, Coverings and Fabrics’ category of the competition. One of her entries, Pre-set Table, features an all-in-one table setting, joining woven place mats through a central woven bowl with a continuous stripe, displayed on a Perspex table. The piece was made of fine-knit ribbons which were continuous from corner to corner and also make up the bowl structure. The second was called Wall of Sun through Dust, a floor to ceiling installation incorporating techniques inspired by Japanese bamboo weaving and traditional furniture caning techniques. Tamar was awarded a year’s membership to trade organisation ACID (Anti Copying in Design), which looks to combat design theft. She said: “The judges gave me a special mention at the awards ceremony, as they really loved my work.
Pre-set Table detail
They said that the piece Pre-set Table was wonderfully creative as an idea and that the colour and form had a poetic feel. “The show has spurred me on to develop some smaller scale products to complement my larger installation pieces and I am working on a collection to submit to the ‘One Year On’, part of the New Designers exhibition, held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, in the summer.” For more details visit tamarbalakjian.com
Graduate is named ‘Student of the Year’ Bucks graduate Gemma Eade returned to the University to pick up an award as ‘Student of the Year’ on her master’s degree course. Gemma graduated with a master’s in Human Resource Management last year and was presented with her award at the Chiltern branch meeting of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The successful graduate now works as an Experienced Hives Recruitment Co-ordinator at Goldman Sachs Investment Bank, in Fleet Street, London, and was recognised for her achievements including achieving the highest mark on her course for her dissertation. Gemma said: “I was shocked to be named as the student of the year because it was a lot of hard work and I was among a talented group of people.” Jill Walters, MA Human Resource Management course leader, said: “Gemma achieved the master’s qualification in under a year and gained the best mark in her dissertation. She fully deserves this recognition.” Gemma was presented with a certificate by Jen Simpson, Education & Development Advisor for the Chiltern branch of the CIPD.
Nothing Kooky about this donation A one-of-a-kind guitar replica signed by award-winning band The Kooks has gone on display at Bucks New University. The 10-ft-high multi-coloured guitar, entitled ‘A Disarming No. 7’, was one of 25 giant Les Paul guitars exhibited on the South Bank in 2007, as part of the London Guitar Town Exhibition, and signed by a host of household names, including KT Tunstall and Queen’s Brian May. Its owner, Phil Dudderidge, managing director of international High Wycombe-based firm, Focusrite Engineering, has lent the exhibit to the University, in recognition of the company’s ongoing partnership. The limited edition guitar is now housed on the second floor of the Gateway building, alongside a plaque marking the donation from Focusrite and its division, Novation. Phil said: “It’s on long-term loan to the University from my private collection. It’s an art work that symbolises the common bond we have with the University, the students and the Faculty of Design, Media & Management. I hope the symbolism will inspire. The Kooks are a young band that many of the students will admire and aspire to emulate.” Focusrite has been working with the University since 2003. In September 2009, Focusrite introduced a ‘Best Student
Production’ award for final-year Music Management & Studio Production, and Audio & Music Production students. Frazer MacKenzie, Head of the School of Applied Production & New Media, said: “Industry partnerships have increasingly become a key component in the development and delivery of all our production programmes at Bucks. Phil and the Focusrite team have shown a real commitment to helping us make our curriculum content really relevant to the world of work in the audio and music industry”. The state-of-the-art studios in the Gateway feature a range of Focusrite and Novation products, as well as KRKloud speakers distributed in the UK by Focusrite. The company are also making special discount arrangements for students to purchase Focusrite, Novation, KRK and Ableton Live products. For further information, visit focusrite.com
Phil Dudderidge with Frazer MacKenzie
Dance group sign up with University A critically-acclaimed dance theatre company has reached a landmark agreement to work with Buckinghamshire New University. Signdance Collective, which comprises deaf and disabled artists, has taken up a first-of-its-kind role as Company-in-Residence at the University. The dance company, which won the prestigious AMI Award for Dance 2009, has toured the world and works alongside composers and musicians. Their role at the University involves organising workshops and open rehearsals and arranging professional experience for students, as well as collaborating on new projects and providing valuable research opportunities for students and academic employees. Signdance Collective are able to use Bucks’s facilities and performance space, and work with creative practitioners from across the Faculty of Design, Media & Management. Director of Student Experience, Ruth Gunstone, said: “This will allow our students to gain valuable networking contacts and gain invaluable tips, advice and experience from well-respected performers. This partnership will be mutually beneficial to Bucks and to Signdance Collective, helping to raise both of our profiles and share expertise. I hope we can work together to push forward arts and innovation at Bucks.” Isolte Avila, Dance Director of Signdance Collective, said the partnership marked the first time a company of its status had been able to work within a university. She said: “We are honoured to take on this role. To have this opportunity to forge a partnership with an innovative education provider is very exciting. All the artists at Signdance Collective are extremely proud to join this dynamic place of discovery, achievement and great artistic development.”
For further information visit signdancecollective.co.uk s
‘Back to the Floor Friday’ proves popular with nurses Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is collaborating with Bucks New University, in an action research project to evaluate its ‘Back to the Floor Friday’ initiative which is funded by the Foundation of Nursing Studies/General Nursing Council Trust partnership programme. ‘Back to the Floor Friday’ was launched by Prof Janice Sigsworth, Director of Nursing at the Trust and visiting professor at Bucks. The overarching aim is to improve the patient experience through strengthened and visible clinical nurse and midwife leadership. As a result, 171 nurses and midwives working at a senior level, return to clinical practice in uniform every Friday to undertake work relevant to their role. Prof Sigsworth commented: “The vision for nursing and midwifery at the Trust is to work in partnership with our patients to deliver the kind of care that we would want our family and friends to receive. We strive in all we do to identify and meet patients’ and families’ needs and to deliver world-class care. The ‘Back to the Floor Friday’ initiative is just one part of a comprehensive work programme to help us to achieve this.” The action research evaluation project is led by Dr Kathryn Jones, Deputy Director of Nursing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and Dr Lauren Griffiths, Head of the School of Advanced & Continuing Practice at Bucks. The role of the University is to provide academic support to those undertaking the project. The evaluation explores the impact of the initiative on the improvement of patient experience and on patient care. Two surveys and two focus groups have been undertaken with the participating nurses and midwives. Early themes emerging from the data relate to empowerment, learning together, professional networking, communication, championing change and ‘matron power’, and the feedback from many nurses and midwives has been very positive. Comments include: “It is important for ward staff to see senior nurses willing to participate in delivering patient care. Other disciplines appreciate the ‘burgundy brigade’ being on the ward.” “Consultant medical staff believe senior nurses being in uniform on a dedicated day has had a very positive effect in the clinical areas.” For further information about the initiative, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSCOL nurses with Michelle Carter
Bucks forges links with Indian nurses Buckinghamshire New University has taken its first cohort of nursing students from India in a new five-year agreement.
on the skills that they have so that when they return to India they can take on more advanced roles, or stay to work in the UK, at a standard expected in this country.”
The 14 nurses, on a one-year top-up degree, have had their UK education financed by INSCOL, a leading healthcare provider in northern India. The group are studying for a BSc in Professional Nursing, aimed at improving their abilities to return to work in India or stay in the UK.
Mr Gujral said the partnership with Bucks New University was unique and was based on the strong worldwide reputation of British universities. He said: “Partnering with Bucks New University has helped us to offer the best international practices to our students. Our students can expect complete value for money and at the same time have invaluable exposure to international healthcare practices abroad.”
Under the agreement, up to 60 students a year could be taught at Bucks New University, all paid for by INSCOL, which is based in Chandigarh, in India’s Punjab region. The University is also expecting its first postgraduate intake from INSCOL of 30 graduates in June this year. Prof David Sines, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean: Society & Health, signed the agreement with INSCOL managing director, Daljit Gujral. Prof Sines said: “Our partnership with INSCOL is based on several years of mutual alliance-building and respect for our shared commitment to providing professional development opportunities for healthcare professionals. Our new undergraduate programme is designed specifically to meet the needs of our overseas nursing colleagues. We look forward to many years of fruitful collaboration with our INSCOL students.” Michelle Carter, course leader for the BSc in Professional Nursing and MSc Nursing International said: “The idea is to build
The cohort of nurses comprises 13 women and one man, many of whom had never been outside India before. Mandeep Kaur, 24, a maternity nurse, said: “Healthcare providers in Britain use better technology than India and have different working practices, so it should be of huge benefit to be here. I am just getting used to a change in lifestyle here but I am excited by the new opportunities.” Classmate Kiranjeet Kaur, 25, who works in an intensive care unit, added: “Depending on how my work goes, I would love the opportunity to stay, work and develop my career in the UK.” Read more about INSCOL at inscol.com
Wellbeing for Travellers project beneﬁts communities The first participants in a new healthy living and emotional wellbeing project for Gypsies and Travellers living in South Buckinghamshire have completed their training as community health advocates. Six women from Traveller communities will become health advocates for the Traveller sites of Iver, Wapseys Wood, Dudley Wharf and Mansion Lane. The project is delivered through a partnership between One Voice 4 Travellers Ltd, Buckinghamshire New University and NHS Buckinghamshire after the partnership received a Slough Social Fund grant of £10,000 from the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation. The multi-level project, comprising outreach, healthy living advice and support is set to benefit in the region of 60 families across South Buckinghamshire, and will have the potential to be transferred to and replicated in other areas of the UK as a ground-breaking model of good practice. A key focus of the project is to explore the health needs of women, particularly young mothers and older women, who, according to research evidence, are particularly likely to neglect their health whilst caring for others. The trainee health advocates will now work with other women to offer advice and information. The educational element of the project has been developed by Bucks New University and NHS Buckinghamshire, and following a six-week course of tuition, the women received certificates of attendance at a special presentation ceremony. The health advocacy programme has provided the participants with training in: listening and interviewing skills; recognition of local sources for health signposting; child and vulnerable adult protection proceedings; emotional wellbeing first aid; drug awareness and prevention; and medical emergencies. Leading on the educational element is Dr Margaret Greenfields, senior lecturer in Social Policy at Bucks New University. Dr Greenfields said: “In the light of the very specific health needs of Gypsy and Traveller families, I have been delighted by the fact that Bucks New University has provided support to enable us to co-devise an innovative health advocacy and health promotion package explicitly tailored to meet the needs of these often marginalised communities. “All of the staff involved in making this programme a success have been deeply impressed by the hard work, willingness to share their knowledge and experiences and enthusiasm of the students who have undertaken the training course. As academics and health and social care practitioners, we have learnt a lot from the women in terms of how best to devise appropriate materials, undertake outreach work and share knowledge in an accessible way. “Perhaps most importantly, however, participants tell us that they feel empowered to improve the health of their families and have learnt skills which can save lives. We are now looking forward to devising further versions of this training package and hopefully rolling out the training to other minority ethnic communities.” Shirley Barrett took part in the health advocacy training for personal interest reasons and to encourage other women to attend. She said: “The training was very interesting, particularly the sessions on mental health and on drug problems. I learnt a lot from it, for example resuscitation techniques.
University incorporated culture into the training and did not ask about personal circumstances, which is extremely important for the women who attended.” One Voice 4 Travellers Ltd, the lead partner in the project, already works with Gypsies and Travellers in South Buckinghamshire, East Anglia and Bedfordshire, its aim is to support, inform, represent and develop the wellbeing of women, children and young people from the Gypsy and Traveller communities who are suffering from, or are in some way affected by, social exclusion, isolation, conflict or violence. Jayne Codona, Development Manager Advocacy for One Voice 4 Travellers Ltd, commented: “This project has been a partnership of learning for all; we have all been part of a group travelling together on a journey to better health, have shared personal experiences and learning, and as a group have improved our knowledge and ability to help support someone with accessing help or dealing with an emergency.” Richard Dickson, Development Director at the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, said: “This Community Foundation is delighted to be supporting this project which addresses a very important issue in Buckinghamshire. A healthy lifestyle is something which can easily be taken for granted, but experience tells us that it’s best promoted by having local advocates in the community.” Olga McBarnett, Senior Community Development Lead for NHS Buckinghamshire, added: “The Wellbeing for Travellers project has provided an excellent opportunity for community engagement and partnership working to develop a strong foundation for further joint working initiatives. It has been a privilege to deliver the training to an enthusiastic group of students, where learning and personal development has come from all parties involved.” For further information on the partners, visit onevoice4travellers.org.uk, buckspct.nhs.uk, and thebucksfoundation.org.uk. 10
“Dr Greenfields and the University did a really excellent job and are to be applauded for being an equal opportunities institution; the
University hosts pre-election visits Prospective Parliamentary Candidates, Andrew Lomas and Steve Baker, visited Bucks New University’s High Wycombe Campus in March. The Labour and Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidates for the Wycombe Constituency met Prof Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor, and Tom Foy, President of Bucks Students’ Union, before visiting the University’s new Gateway building. Andrew Lomas said: “It was a really useful meeting which reinforced for me how important Bucks New University is to the local economy. The University contributes a huge amount, not only through its business courses and links with industry, but also through the direct contribution that students make by using the retail outlets in the town centre and by becoming involved with the local community. “I hope to see the University move from strength to strength as it builds on its success so far. It is an interesting time for universities as we move towards the outcome of the current review of higher education funding and fees. I was particularly interested to hear more about the challenges facing the sector and hope to be able to follow-up on some of the issues raised.” Steve Baker said: “I was delighted to visit Bucks New University and to meet Professor Farwell, Derek Godfrey, Tom Foy and the rest of the team. It’s an unfortunate fact that the public finances present a challenge but with the benefit of recent capital investment, the University’s style and High Wycombe’s advantageous location, Bucks New University is well-positioned for the future.” The visits were undertaken in the run-up to the General Election, and were followed by a pre-election question and answer session held in the Gateway Lecture Theatre in April. Organised by the Bucks Free Press, the event featured the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and UK Independence Party candidates; it was chaired by Bucks Free Press columnist and former Dr Who, Colin Baker. Steve Baker was elected as MP for Wycombe in May.
University develops Chinese links Buckinghamshire New University has signed a landmark agreement to share studies and resources with a Chinese university. The partnership with Beijing Normal University, in Guangdong Province, China, could see up to 50 students a year coming to the UK. Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Derek Godfrey has signed a memorandum of understanding with Prof Ailan Fu, at the Chinese university. The two universities already have an agreement which sees ten students from China come to the UK to study every year. The expanded partnership will see students working in subjects including media production, design and interiors, coming to Bucks for the final two years of a four-year qualification. They will be expected to speak good English, to a standard able to write a dissertation.
Prof Godfrey said Bucks hoped to see its students spending two weeks every Easter at Beijing Normal University, as part of the agreement, and to develop e-learning using technology including online conferencing system, WebEx. He said: “This is an exciting development for Bucks New University. We want to expand our international profile and have identified China as a country with which we are keen to establish stronger links. “We are familiar with Beijing Normal University and this agreement is going to be beneficial to both of us. From our point of view, Beijing Normal University only have a certain number of universities they deal with so we are in a privileged position.”
Deputy Vice Chancellor visits China The Deputy Vice Chancellor of Buckinghamshire New University gained a different slant on educational life during his visit to China. Prof Derek Godfrey is a visiting professor at Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT), teaching students on an MBA programme. He was at the University for a second year, teaching students who aim to own their own business or take up senior job roles in the country.
The visiting professor took classes in telecommunications skills, teaching 30 students, and said university life in the Far East was noticeably different: “It’s very interesting to see the Chinese experience of student life. For example, student residences are all dormitories, sleeping 12 people, where lights have to be out by 10pm. The library at the university opens at 8am and students are queuing outside from 7am to make sure they get a seat when it opens.” Prof Godfrey’s visiting professorship is organised by The United Kingdom Telecommunications Academy (UKTA). He added: “This is a good thing for the University to be involved with and helps to raise our international profile. In the future I also hope to set up research links with PhD students at BUPT. It is an exciting partnership for Bucks New University and myself.” BUPT presented Prof Godfrey with a certificate, marking his visit.
A new approach to employer liaison With increasing emphasis placed on universities to improve student employability, employer liaison co-ordinator, Louise Wicks, and careers adviser, Heather Boyd, have adopted an innovative approach to working with employers and students. Following two years of collaboration with the School of Sport, Leisure & Travel to recruit employers for a new and exciting degree in Corporate Events and Conference Management, they now have 13 enrolled students who will benefit from placements that run for the duration of the three-year course. A number of factors make this degree course, and the interaction with employers, different: 8am breakfast meetings with interested employers Employers were invited to attend a breakfast meeting where they were given details of the degree. Pre-entry CV guidance for applying students Students needed to have appropriate CVs for the industry before they started the course, and so CV advice was offered from May to September to ensure students were ready to meet employers in Freshers’ Week. Intensive student workshops The Careers & Employability Team delivered workshops on networking and first impressions, highlighting the importance of body language. Speed networking Interested employers were shown around the new Gateway building and then introduced to students over lunch. Speed networking followed, with employers interviewing each student for three minutes. Employer/student interviews Employers were then invited to interview students who had impressed them. 12 of the 13 students received offers of placements within a month.
Jennifer Briedenhann, portfolio leader and principal lecturer, Tourism, Air Travel & Events, said: “This unique course was developed with the primary aim of providing students with the opportunity of applying theory to practice and developing the capacity to relate one to the other, thus increasing both their employability prospects and their value as employees. Employers were engaged from the outset in the development and validation of the course. “Course content is focused on providing not only the academic underpinning required for an undergraduate degree but also those elements considered of particular importance in the workplace. For the students involved, the opportunity to enhance theoretical learning with work-based practice provides an invaluable experience.” Karen Giles, Group Operations Manager of Marlow-based events management company, Grass Roots, added: “Grass Roots were very excited when we heard about a Corporate Events and Conference Management course being run in High Wycombe. We are keen to get involved with the local community, which we support in a number of ways, but this was the first opportunity that we had to actually support students in their education through a placement scheme. We believe that there are numerous benefits for the students and Grass Roots, and that through working with the University we can support one another.”
Employment fair provides work opportunities Students left an employment and information fair at Bucks with plenty of food for thought on the exciting opportunities on offer. More than 40 organisations took part in the fair, with attendees including Bourne Leisure, Bunac, DeVere Hotel Group, Henley Rugby Club, Hertfordshire Constabulary, The National Trust, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Wycombe Wanderers FC. The idea was to give students a flavour of the opportunities for work experience, summer and part-time work, including overseas in Australia and New York. First-year students Ted Games and Tom Blackburn, studying BA (Hons) Sports Management and Rugby Studies, spoke to Fit for Sport, which aims to educate and engage families in how best to lead a healthy lifestyle. Ted said: “It’s an exciting idea because they run programmes for kids in tennis, football, rugby and any sport you care to name. We are both interested in working with them because the work takes place during the holidays and helps in giving practical, hands-on experience in coaching.” Denis Mair, who runs Footsteps Coaching, in Chalfont St Peter, said: “This careers fair has provided an excellent opportunity to meet students face-to-face and tell them what we do. I thought they may well be more interested in working with organisations like Wycombe Wanderers but it is heartening that so many have also expressed an interest in us.” Louise Wicks, employer liaison co-ordinator, said: “The fair was well-attended by students and the feedback I have received from both students and employers has been really positive. One employer said they would definitely consider the Bucks student population for future opportunities as many were so motivated and had much to offer.” RugbyRocks London 7s 2010 returned to the University to interview students for positions at their event in Richmond, West London, on 12 June. Heather Boyd, careers adviser, said plans were already underway for another fair for Spring 2011. Find out more about the Careers and Employment Service at bucks.ac.uk/careers
Student, Susana Moita, said: “For me the appeal of studying Corporate Events and Conference Management at Bucks is the fact that I will be highly employable at the end of the degree – this can be really hard to achieve without a graduate background in the events industry. The integrated work experience will allow me to apply my knowledge and understanding in theory and practice.” 10
Student, Ricky Lal, talks to Denis Mair s
University becomes trust school partner Bucks New University has become the educational partner of the first state-maintained trust school in Buckinghamshire and one of the first Cooperative Trust schools in England. The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families approved a proposal for Cressex Community School to become a trust school in January, and the school achieved trust status in April, following formal consultation. The Co-operative College in Manchester is helping the Trust to develop a model of education involving the whole community, and based on the traditional co-operative values of self-help, self responsibility, social responsibility, equality, and equity, and the ethical values of honesty, openness and caring for others. Known as the Cressex Cooperative Learning Partnership, the Trust brings together a range of partners. Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham is the lead educational partner working alongside Wycombe Abbey School, the Cooperative College, Buckinghamshire New University and Buckinghamshire County Council.
Marion Clayton, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Achievement, Learning and Skills, said: “We have been working with the school on how best to move forward and this is a very exciting proposal for expanding opportunities and raising standards in the area. All partners are committed to making a real difference for the students and the community.” Dr Katy Simmons, Chair of Governors said: “The cooperative trust will give parents and the local community new opportunities to get involved in education. The trust has a clear set of values and ethical principles that should stand the test of time.” David Hood, headteacher of the specialist business and enterprise school, added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of partners, who will support us in our mission to raise achievement and broaden the educational opportunities available to our students.” For further information, visit cressex.bucks.sch.uk and school.coop
Students knit together to help the homeless
Students gain tips from a journalism expert Experienced journalist, Tessa Harris, delivered a talk and workshop to journalism students. The editor of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life magazine, held a writing workshop with the students as well as giving an overview of her career and taking a question and answer session. She added: “I was keen to tell the students all the things that nobody told me when I was at that stage of my career. I hope the advice stands them in good stead.” Course tutor Kate Atkinson said Tessa had passed on invaluable advice. She said: “Who knows, we may even see our students in Tessa’s magazine in the future.” Student Naomi Young said: “I was interested in the overall production of the magazine, particularly the photography side, and about finding out what goes into producing a magazine.” Tessa’s visit was followed by similar talks from Helen Russell, editor of celebrity website Sky Showbiz, and Dave Peters, sports editor at the Bucks Free Press. Student Ismahan Mohamud added: “The guest speakers have added another dimension to our course and it’s fantastic to be able to meet industry figures face-to-face and gain advice.” Read more about the magazine at berksandbucks.greatbritishlife.co.uk
Ali Preston, project coordinator at the charity, said: “A big thank you to all involved. Wycombe Winter Night Shelter receives incredible support from the local community and we have been delighted that Bucks New University has become more involved with us this year. As well as choosing us as one of their charities of the year, individual students have also volunteered for shifts at the shelter.” A delegation, including student Della Harrison, and Chris Clark and Michael Paxman from Bucks Students’ Union, handed over the donations to assistant project coordinator, Maxine Kan. Chris said: “I think we were all extremely touched by the work we saw. It was a real eye-opener for all of us and brought home the gravity of the work carried out by Wycombe Winter Night Shelter. “They help different people who have, for whatever reason, fallen upon hard times and the work they do is truly monumental. It was a privilege to gain a first-hand look at their efforts and to be able to contribute something to help.” Della said she had been so touched that she had volunteered to work for the charity. She said: “The night we were there they had arranged for ten beds but went up to 15, such was the demand. The work they do is amazing.” For more details visit wwns.org.uk
Did you know? Bucks students helped the homeless in High Wycombe by making patchwork quilts and donating them to Wycombe Winter Night Shelter. The charity operates between January and March, providing shelter for homeless people, and is among Bucks Students’ Union’s RAG (Raise and Give) nominated charities.
Bucks students get involved in a variety of voluntary projects throughout the academic year. For more information contact Volunteering Coordinator, Michael Paxman, on 01494 605 100 or email email@example.com
Support scheme helps entrepreneur Local youngsters from across Buckinghamshire will see their clothing creations on the catwalk this season thanks to entrepreneur, Claire Gray, from Marlow, and her start-up business, iFashionDesign. Claire’s fashion design workshops mean budding designers of all ages can turn ideas into outfits with the drawing, designing, cutting, customising and sewing techniques they learn from Claire and her team. Many years of working for various local authorities working with children and families prompted Claire’s creative approach to career options. With a passion for fashion and the skills to back it up, her initial holiday fashion design workshops received great feedback and requests for more. However the next step was daunting for Claire: “It was a leap of faith and I needed support to believe I could really make it work,” she explains.
Students come up with eye-catching designs for schools A memorial garden was among eye-catching designs to enhance High Wycombe schools, created by advertising, furniture, graphic arts, spatial design, and foundation art and design students. The students worked with pupils from Sir William Ramsay School, The Downley School and Highworth Combined County School over a four-month period for the Sorrell Foundation Young Design Programme. The Programme is run in partnership with the University of the Arts, and brings together young people in primary and secondary schools and further education colleges, students at universities and colleges, and designers in industry. The pupils or college students act as clients commissioning a design project, and set a brief for their student design consultants, who are supported by their tutors and mentored by industry professionals. Bucks students came up with ways to improve playgrounds, seating areas, and entry gates at the schools, as well as a proposal for a memorial garden, which will be built at Highworth County Combined School in memory of teacher Sue Bocking. Rohit Arora, a second-year BA (Hons) Graphic Arts student who worked on the project said: “The school has invited all of us to attend an assembly and spell out our design; then it is actually going to be built. It will be amazing to see our ideas become a reality.”
Hari Pankhania, aged eight, a pupil at Highworth County Combined School, said: “Mrs Bocking helped us a lot and was passionate about gardening and really cared about the outdoors. I could not believe how quickly all the students did the model of the garden and they even included purple flowers, which were Mrs Bocking’s favourite.” Students working under the group name ‘Skunk Works’ came up with designs for higher wrought iron gates for Sir William Ramsay School in Hazlemere, using an abstract design based on the layout of the school. They also submitted ideas to change the canteen and reception areas. Student Hamid Haghzarl, studying BA (Hons) Spatial Design, said: “This has been a fantastic experience, great fun, and a real chance to experiment with some interesting ideas.”
A training voucher from Bucks New University’s ‘Practical help in tough times’ scheme set her up with an experienced business mentor. Claire said: “It was great to have someone saying ‘go for it’ – and not just someone I knew being nice to me, but an outside view from a successful business person.” Claire’s efforts have paid off, with Buckinghamshire County Council funding iFashionDesign to run after-school clubs in two local primary schools, The Meadows School in High Wycombe, and Foxes Piece School in Marlow. iFashionDesign is also running an after-school club for Highcrest School during the summer term. Spring term community courses based in local secondary schools were fully booked, and Claire is expanding the workshops with more summer term courses, including a new course at Sir William Ramsay School in Hazlemere. For more information,visit ifashiondesign.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know? The ‘Practical help in tough times’ scheme is a Government-funded project run through Bucks New University to support local individuals and small businesses through the economic downturn. To find out more, visit open4businessbucks.com.
The students presented their designs and models to Lady Sorrell, co-founder of the Foundation, who presented certificates. Lady Sorrell said: “I thought the standard of work was excellent and all the groups went a step further than the brief and created some fantastic designs. They all worked well as a team and all have experiences that will stand them in good stead for their future careers. Everyone deserves a pat on the back.” For more information visit thesorrellfoundation.com
Business news BucksVision holds family conference BucksVision held its first Family Conference at Bucks New University in April. The conference brought together families, carers and professionals to learn about the social and emotional needs of visually impaired children, and their need for mobility and independence skills. Child psychologist, Gail Bailey, who was diagnosed in 2000 with a genetic eye condition, Retinitis Pigmentosa, works with several local authorities and spoke about her research into the needs of visually impaired children. Sam Jones, who is visually impaired, described his journey through school, university and into work as a researcher at the Houses of Parliament. Sam is a committee member for the Nystagmus Network, a UK charity and support group run by individuals and families affected by nystagmus, an involuntary movement of the eyes which often seriously reduces vision. The final speakers were Dr Olga Miller and Dr Karl Wall, who are both tutors at the Institute of Education in London. Tom Harrison, Business Development Manager at Bucks, said: “This event has been a great example of what we can do together, generating goodwill and positive reputation in the community, raising awareness of the University and its facilities, as well as proving a commercial success.”
University organises internships Bucks New University has been awarded a grant to arrange 40 internships in small and medium sized companies across the Thames Valley region. The scheme is part of the Government’s new enhanced graduate internships programme, announced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), to assist unemployed graduates through the economic downturn and support employers in the Government’s priority areas for economic growth. In total, around 7,000 graduates’ career prospects have been given a boost, with over 50 universities taking up the £13.6 million fund. The graduate internship programme, which is being promoted by the Federation of Small Businesses, helps small businesses to take on, and get the best from, a graduate intern. Graduates receive practical assistance before, during and after their internship, including mentoring, pre-employment and interview training, and CV workshops. The internships are predominantly intended for unemployed graduates from any university who were awarded undergraduate degrees from 2008 onwards. It is hoped that the internships will improve participants’ skills and experience
and may lead to full-time work. Bucks New University is working with employers to facilitate the employment of the graduates, and handles the recruitment administration. For employers paying the minimum wage or above, the University provides a salary subsidy of £1,200 from the HEFCE grant to each intern as a significant contribution to wages and training; employers are required to match-fund the subsidy in order to provide the graduate with a 12-week internship opportunity. Susan Jones, Director of Enterprise at Bucks, said: “This is a very worthwhile scheme and one in which we are pleased to be involved. We have developed relationships with organisations throughout the region and are confident that we can provide positive experiences and a ‘foot in the door’ for many young graduates who are currently seeking work.” If you are either a graduate or an employer and are interested in becoming involved in the internships scheme, please contact the Open4Business team at Bucks New University on 01494 605 244, or email email@example.com
University wins Enterprising Educator award Bucks New University has won the award for ‘Enterprising Educator of the Year 2010’ at the prestigious Buckinghamshire Enterprise Awards. There were eight categories of awards and the winners were announced by former Formula One World Champion, Damon Hill OBE, at a gala dinner held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Marlow. Bucks New University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Ruth Farwell, received the University’s award in the presence of colleagues and guests representing organisations from across the region. Prof Farwell commented: “As a new generation university, Bucks is making a real difference to entrepreneurship. In these challenging economic times, it is becoming increasingly important that our students leave us with ‘an edge’, one that enables them to stand out of the crowd to potential employers.
“Through our activities and courses, we equip our students with the skills and experience to succeed in business and entrepreneurship, either for themselves or within organisations in which they may go on to work.” The University won the ‘Enterprising Educator of the Year 2010’ award for its comprehensive programme of business and enterprise-related activities and courses. Bucks New University was also the sponsor of the ‘Innovative Enterprise’ award, which was won by Mediplus. The annual Buckinghamshire Enterprise Awards are organised by the Bucks Economic & Learning Partnership (BELP), which aims to promote the sustainable economic development of Buckinghamshire. For further information visit belp.co.uk
Did you know? BucksVision offers services for families and activities for visually impaired children including a monthly multi-sports session and outings during holidays. For more information visit bucksblind.co.uk To find out about hiring facilities at Bucks New University, call Tom Harrison on 01494 605 244 or visit open4businessbucks.com
Damon Hill OBE, Vice Chancellor, Ruth Farwell, Director of Enterprise, Susan Jones, and Councillor Marion Clayton
Bucks entrepreneurs win My Great Business Idea awards Three enterprising students from Bucks New University have won awards at Stage Two of the University’s annual My Great Business Idea competition. The award winners were: • 1st prize of £5,000: Fiona-Rose Prosser for her scheme for money-off vouchers; • 2nd prize of £2,000: Thomas Bennett for his clothing brand themed on pandas and sweets; • 3rd prize of £1,000: Benjamin Nichol for his energy-saving street light. Two students were highly commended for their ideas and received £500 each: • Rebecca Adu-Gyamﬁ for her social enterprise working to support children with Down’s Syndrome in Ghana; • Chris Peabody for his unique social enterprise which works with selected charities. The My Great Business Idea competition is open to all Bucks students and Bucks students from partner colleges, and there were 142 entries this year. The competition is organised by the University’s Open4Business team, and is part of a programme to recognise and develop entrepreneurial ideas which have commercial potential. Fred Edwards of coffee retailer AMT Coffee, and chairman of the judging panel, said: “We were looking for viable business ideas, and found that the standard was very high and difficult to judge. In business you need to be clear about who your customers are
Bucks students provide a gem of assistance
and why they would want to be involved, and the winners had thought about this. “It says a lot about the University and the sponsors that they have put so much behind this very successful competition, and the Apprentice Challenge which now runs every November.” As well as viewing an exhibition of the students’ entries, guests at the awards ceremony enjoyed a speech by guest speaker, Mike Southon. Mike is co-author of several best-selling business books, including The Beermat Entrepreneur and Sales on a Beermat, and is a visiting fellow in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London South Bank University. He is an experienced conference facilitator and moderator, having interviewed over 100 top business people, and is featured every Saturday in his Financial Times column, ‘My Business’. He said: “You need to find a foil – someone with the opposite skills to you – develop a really good elevator pitch, and start your business off being local, reliable and nice. You need to spend every day developing your guanxi – the Chinese concept of trust and reputation – and always treat customers the way you’d like to be treated.” The My Great Business Idea competition is sponsored by Enrichment Technology Plc, IoD Buckinghamshire and the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Innovation & Growth Team. For more information visit bucks.ac.uk/mgbi
Lorraine Watkins-Mathys, head of Applied Management & Law, with Sophie Ward, daughter of Joanna Ward of Student Gems
Representatives from a range of businesses attended an event at Bucks New University to find out about an initiative enabling them to find talented students for one-off jobs and project work. Bucks-based, StudentGems.com, has a database of 18,000 students and 4,000 employees. The businesses were invited to carry out a usability study on the StudentGems.com website. The company has been taking part in a ‘Knowledge Transfer Lite Programme’, aimed at ensuring that it is getting the most from its marketing strategy. As part of the usability study, BA (Hons) Public Relations and Marketing Communications students carried out surveys with the business people attending. Pauline Trew, from Beaconsfield-based photography firm, Trewimage, said: “This is a great opportunity to find out more about StudentGems.com, network with other businesses and also find out more about Bucks New University.” StudentGems.com has been working with Ruth Hickmott, the academic supervisor at Bucks, on their marketing strategy. Ruth said: “The partnership enables StudentGems.com to improve its business and allows our students to gain real-life experience of digital marketing.” Joanna Ward co-founded the company with business partner Sue Harrison. She said: “I have regularly met with Ruth Hickmott to discuss our marketing needs to make sure that we are approaching it correctly. The support has been invaluable.” Gordon Hooker, Knowledge Transfer Manager at Bucks, added: “We have the expertise to help businesses, and through our Knowledge Transfer Lite Programme, advance the areas they require over a short period. It’s been a pleasure to work with StudentGems.com and, through the expertise we have here, help them to progress.” For further details, please visit StudentGems.com and bucks.ac.uk/ktp
Sports news Students gain a look at continental football coaching Ambitious Bucks students gained a fresh insight into football coaching during an eye-opening four-day visit behind the scenes at an Italian club. The second-year BA (Hons) Sports Management with Football Studies students were guests of Serie B side UC Albino Leffe, near Milan. The visit was arranged by ex-Bucks student, Andrea Savi, who works with UC Albino Leffe and worked with senior lecturer, Doug Cole. Students were able to get a closer look at Italian styles of coaching, player development and general management of the club, which shares its ground with Italian top level side, Atalanta. The club is one of only two in Italy to employ a sports coach, with the other being the world-famous Juventus. Doug said: “This is the third year we have run this trip and it is always a fantastic experience for everyone who attends. Our huge thanks go to Andrea for helping to organise the visit. Over the four days the students gain a comprehensive view of the coaching approach of a professional football club.” Students, Matt Johnstone and Robert Hewitt, also got more than they bargained for when they were interviewed for Italian TV, as part of their visit.The pair were pulled aside for an interview by RAI TV, which airs nationally in Italy, to speak about what they had learnt. Robert said: “We felt like minicelebrities and certainly gained plenty of attention when we went out on the Saturday night. I think a few people may well have seen us on television. My ambition is to be the head of youth at a professional football club so this experience was invaluable.” Matt, who coaches the Bucks women’s football team, said the group also visited the training ground of another well-known Italian side, Inter Milan, coached by ex-Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho. He said: “It was fantastic to see the way young players are specifically coached on the technical side of their skills. It is not something we do enough in this country. Our visit illustrated to us why so many technically-talented players come out of Italy, because they have the correct training mindset. We hope to take the coaching skills we saw on into our careers.”
Varsity news On Wednesday 24 March, over 300 Bucks students travelled to Middlesex University to take part in the annual Varsity match. Students competed in a total of 18 fixtures across ten different sports, winning three of the football matches, the men’s rugby and the dance section cheerleading competition, and drawing at men’s hockey and tennis. It was the first time that all team members wore the new Bucks blue away kit, and the supporters wore limited edition Varsity t-shirts. Despite Middlesex retaining the overall cup, a great day was had by all.
Golf students swing to success The work of three Bucks students who took part in a new Golf Ambassadors Programme launched by the Berks Bucks and Oxon (BB&O) Golf Partnership, has been recognised. BA (Hons) Sport Management & Golf Studies students, James McGilvray, Rajiv Patel and Lauren Drake, were presented with special awards in recognition of their work at an awards evening hosted by the BB&O Golf Partnership and Invesco Perpetual, held at The Oxfordshire Golf Club, near Thame. For the last year, the students worked alongside the BB&O Golf Partnership in activities ranging from GolfMark accreditation visits at local golf clubs, to community projects, school links, and the highly successful Junior Academy Programme. They also became qualified UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 1 coaches and assisted the BB&O in coaching activities at their Junior Academy Centres. Justine Lawrence, development officer at the BB&O Golf Partnership, said: “The calibre of students selected was very high which made the training process straightforward and they very quickly got stuck into their projects and activities.
“Their contribution and youthful approach has been extremely beneficial to us and we are looking forward to a second year working together.” The BB&O Golf Partnership linked up with the University in 2009 to launch the unique Golf Ambassadors Programme for its second year golf students. The aims of the programme are to give students real hands-on experience in the golf industry and to provide the BB&O Golf Partnership with high quality sports management volunteers. Developed by Francisco Baeza (principal lecturer at Bucks), Justine Lawrence and Phil Beard (volunteer manager of the England Golf Partnership), the programme has been very successful in its first year. Francisco Baeza said: “This is an excellent programme and has proven very beneficial to all parties. On behalf of the University and the students, I would like to say that it is great to be working with such prestigious organisations from the golf industry.” For more information visit bbogolfpartnership.com
University shows St George’s Day spirit Bucks employees beamed with pride when a video they put together was shown at London Wasps’ St George’s Day rugby match at Twickenham. The two-and-a-half-minute-long production was seen by more than 60,000 fans on big screens around the world-famous ground at the clash with Bath. It showed a busker walking through a busy Covent Garden playing a guitar and singing Jerusalem, where he is joined by shoppers as the song progresses. Members of the public were encouraged to take part and join in the fun as the busker walked around the iconic London market area. Teaser trailers of the video, which had more than 2,000 hits on YouTube, were screened
at Waterloo and Victoria stations to raise awareness of the fundraising match. The video was put together by members of the Department of Production at Bucks New University, Media Resources employees, Open4Business at Bucks, the University’s promotional filmmakers and industry professionals. Stephen Partridge, department manager, Media Production, said: “We were approached prior to the match by a marketing company on behalf of London Wasps to put together the video. We filmed it in a short space of time so it was an ambitious undertaking but has turned out very well.” The match was staged in aid of Help for Heroes and X-Factor star, Alexandra Burke, performed. It was supported by a range of organisations, including Bucks New University.
For further information visit helpforheroes.org.uk
Image below left: University partner London Wasps used the St George’s Day game to raise money for Help for Heroes through their official charity, the Dallaglio Foundation. The event is set to become an annual fixture for the next three years. Pictured are: Afghanistan veteran, Derek Derenalagi; former Prime Minister Gordon Brown; and honorary graduate and rugby legend, Lawrence Dallaglio, at the campaign launch.
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Students start to feel the 2012 buzz Bucks students were involved in the organisation of a Buckinghamshire 2012 Conference held at Dorney Lake, Eton College Rowing Centre, which will be the venue for the rowing and kayak events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
with them. Activities included a workshop highlighting the opportunities and resources available and there were presentations from Buckinghamshire schools. There were also practical events, which culminated in a mass participation activity for the Sport Relief Challenge involving rowing, running and walking.
The first year BA (Hons) Event and Festival Management students gained valuable experience of running a high profile event. Their work involved assisting Bucks 2012 staff with preparation work for the two-day event, setting up the venue.
Student, Laura Wenborn, said: “Working at the conference was an exciting opportunity to gain practical experience within the events industry and learn from those directly involved. It was also interesting to hear how the Olympics will impact on the venue and local area, and the legacy that the Games will leave.”
Day one of the conference was hosted by Adrian Moorhouse, Olympic gold medallist and Chairman of the Bucks 2012 Group, and was designed to offer advice to local businesses about how they can get involved and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Games. Day two of the conference, ‘Inspiring and Engaging Young People through the Games’, was aimed at young people and those working
Nick Eade, course leader, Event Management, added: “Students gained vital experience and contacts from this event. This further enhances their employability and gives them a chance to view the events industry in action.” For further information visit buckssport.org/2012
Gym members take up the Sport Relief Cardio Challenge Fitness enthusiasts in the gym at the Gateway raised £116 for Sport Relief by cycling, rowing, running, or cross-training a total distance of 513km, using the various cardiovascular machines. John Ide, Sports & Fitness Centre Manager, said: “It’s always nice for Gateway gym members to have a different focus to their workouts every so often, and the Sport Relief Cardio Challenge provided just that. “For participants to cover more than 500km in a week is a great achievement and is made all the more rewarding knowing that their efforts also helped towards the fantastic national fundraising effort for Sport Relief.” Read more about Sport Relief at sportrelief.com s
Czech this out Dr Keith Edwards, a principal lecturer in Mental Health nursing at Bucks, has given a presentation at a conference in the Czech Republic. He addressed the European Psychiatric Nursing Congress in Prague on the subject of ‘Working one-to-one with mental health service users’. The congress, organised by Horatio, a body representing European psychiatric nurses, was called ‘Building Bridges’ and health professionals from more than 30 countries across Europe were able to share knowledge and experience. Dr Edwards held a plenary session with delegates, aimed at improving partnerships to benefit service users. He based his presentation on work carried out with West London Mental Health NHS Trust, where he has a remit for research and development. The research followed a visit from the Healthcare Commission, after which Dr Edwards set up a meeting with the three senior nurses from the Acute Care services team to gain their views. All of the ward managers in the acute areas were then interviewed to ascertain their perceptions of working with service users. From those interviews the analysis identified five themes: how interaction worked in relation to administrative duties; control over workload; the needs and culture of staff; and the ability and understanding of what was required in one-to-one sessions.
Research explores environmental security issues The Head of Bucks New University’s Centre for Conservation and Sustainability has been conducting work in post-war Bosnia Herzegovina, in order to set the stage for discussions of ecological risk assessment and risk management in a region affected by socio-political change. Dr Florin Ioras is working in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme in Sarajevo to review basic concepts in the field of risk assessment, and extend their applicability to the areas of environmental security and critical infrastructure protection. Environmental security aims to minimise environmental damage and risks arising from conflict between humans, and between humans and nature. This is done by managing the depletion of environmental resources, including the loss of biodiversity, through acquiring or gaining access to environmental resources on an equitable basis, and creating buffer stocks. It addresses the adverse effects of environmental changes, and the fact that these changes may affect countries and regions differently and cause environment-related tensions and conflicts between and within nations. Differing countries and regions make differing contributions to environmental management, and have varying abilities to respond to changes, whilst some countries or companies take advantage of weaker regulations and knowledge in poorer countries. Dr Ioras’s research will be published in a forthcoming book, Case Studies in Crowd Management, Security and Business Continuity, edited by Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean: Design, Media & Management, Prof Chris Kemp. Florin will also be presenting on ‘The environment security threat in Central and Eastern Europe’ at the Forest and Sustainable Development Symposium to be held in Brasov, Romania, in October. For more information, email Dr Ioras at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Edwards said: “The conference provided much opportunity to engage in effective dialogue with like-minded professionals across Europe.”
Did you know? Horatio started as a network for psychiatric/mental health nurses in 2005, and was officially established as an Association in April 2006. For more information visit horatio-web.eu
Student examines health in Zimbabwe A Bucks PhD student will be presenting work on health issues in her native Zimbabwe to the Nutrition Society Summer Meeting, at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh between 28 June and 1 July.
“This trend is consistent with other findings in similarly developing countries,” said Nonsikelelo, who is studying in the Research Centre for Society & Health, part of the Cardiovascular Research Group, based at the Uxbridge Campus.
Nonsikelelo Mathe has examined the relationship between body composition and the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases in different ethnic groups. She undertook fieldwork in Zimbabwe, comparing people from Nkayi District in Matabeleland North with people from the capital, Harare. The research was conducted in partnership with the Institute for Food Nutrition and Family Science at the University of Zimbabwe.
She said her work was adding to the evidence base on cardiovascular disease risk factors in low-income countries: “My work is filling an important role. As the lifestyles of people in low-income countries change as a result of increasing urbanisation, cardiovascular diseases are becoming more prevalent. But, understandably, the larger proportion of health research is related to more dominant health problems, such as malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS.”
Nonsikelelo discovered the majority of people in rural areas were of ‘normal’ weight, with a body mass index of 18.5-24.9kg/m, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. The urban population had much higher levels of overweight and obese people, in particular women.
Nonsikelelo was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and has been at Bucks since 2002. She completed a BSc (Hons) Exercise and Health Science and spent a year working as the vice-president of Bucks Students’ Union, before starting her PhD in November 2007. Read more about the Nutrition Society at nutritionsociety.org
The fieldwork took more than a year to plan and carry out and some areas visited by Nonsikelelo and her team did not have electricity. She had to gain ethical approval from the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe, train the participating students for fieldwork, and run a pilot study at the University of Zimbabwe.
Study participants in rural Nkayi waiting to have measures such as blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol taken
Lecturer receives recognition Dr Richard Mather, of the Department of New Media & Technologies, has been awarded The Institution of Analysts and Programmers (IAP) Prize for Software Engineering. Dr Mather received a certificate from the IAP’s Marketing Manager, Tom Hohenberg, and Prof Chris Kemp, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean: Design, Media & Management. Dr Mather has worked at Bucks since 1996 and his IAP award was recognition for his MSc dissertation, completed at the University of Oxford. The dissertation, ‘A Workflow Application and XML Datastructure for Processing Geo-referenced Images’, is of particular interest to the geographic information system, remote-sensing and land-management communities. It allows the automation of image processing, in contrast to existing techniques, which are often ad hoc and circumstance-specific.
Women managers ﬂourish in party hotspot The research of senior lecturer, Gloria Moss, generated a sea of interest around International Women’s Day in March. Research published in a book edited by Gloria, Profiting from Diversity: The Business Advantages and the Obstacles to Achieving Diversity, showed that whilst Latvia might not be everyone’s idea of a fertile hotbed for successful women managers, the country is leading the way in providing an attractive environment for women to flourish in the workplace. The research was undertaken in conjunction with Prof David Farnham from the University of Portsmouth, and Caryn Cook from Newport Business School. It showed that close to 41 per cent of managers in Latvia were female – the highest proportion of women managers anywhere in the EU. The figure exceeded the proportion of female managers in the UK by around 6 per cent, and was significantly higher than countries such as Germany, Ireland and Sweden. Gloria said: “In Britain there is still a glass ceiling in relation to what many women can achieve in the workplace. They are often held back by job criteria rooted in male-typical rather than female-typical behaviours. In Latvia, there is an acceptance that people-focused styles of management, called transformational leadership, can bring significant benefits over the masculine style of transactional leadership. “Having spoken to many female executives in Latvia the consensus was that there are no barriers to success in the workplace. This is not always the case in the UK and other developed EU countries, where women face a multitude of challenges from male counterparts. Some of the obstacles could be reduced, and productivity improved, through a focus on the criteria for leadership positions. These are not gender-neutral in the way many people may imagine.” Gloria discussed her research with Indra Freiberga, the Counsellor for Economic and Commercial Affaires at the Latvian Embassy in London, and daughter of the ex-president of Latvia, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Her work also received extensive coverage from press from Cornwall to Scotland, and in France and Latvia.
Dr Mather said: “I was awarded a distinction for my MSc but had no idea that Oxford had also presented my dissertation to be considered for an IAP Prize in Software Engineering. Having worked with geographical information and imaging systems for many years, all my earlier qualifications and experience are related to forestry sciences. Bearing that in mind, I really appreciate the fact that the IAP has accredited work in a subject area that is relatively new to me. “As a result of the recognition of IAP, Bucks is in a stronger position to seek external funding to expand this work. We aim to continue working with UK, EU and overseas partners to develop a web-based service to automate map production from satellite and aerial imagery, to be made available for environmental and education purposes.” Bucks New University and the Software Engineering Programme of the University of Oxford enabled Dr Mather to attend the MSc programme, and the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP), with BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), provided project funding. Dr Mather added: “Bluesky International were very generous with their expertise and services in pre-processing aerial imagery and creating 3D surface models. I am also indebted to my wife Christine for her patient support.” For more information visit iap.org.uk
Cosmetic usage enhances self-image The last two decades have seen a surge of interest in the effects of cosmetic use on perceptions of attractiveness, as well as on perceptions of attributes such as health, social class, earning potential, professional competence, and marital status. However, whilst there is literature available regarding the effects of cosmetic usage on attributions made by others, there is still little research into the individual cosmetic user’s motivations. Senior lecturer in Psychology, Julia Robertson, has been using physiological and psychological measures to investigate the relationship between cosmetic usage and three personality traits: anxiety, social confidence and self-esteem.
To measure the level of anxiety, baseline blood pressure measurements were taken from 49 female participants. A significant relationship was found between diastolic blood pressure or BDP (the minimum level of blood pressure measured between contractions of the heart) and cosmetic usage, high BDP being associated with increased cosmetic usage. No correlation was found between systolic blood pressure or BSP (the pressure exerted on the bloodstream by the heart when it contracts), and cosmetic usage. Similarly, self-report questionnaires found a positive correlation between anxiety and cosmetic usage, as well as a negative correlation between cosmetic usage and
Amnesia increases re-victimisation Dr Nadia Wager from the Department of Social Sciences is working on a project investigating whether forgotten instances of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) are likely to increase the likelihood of experiencing sexual assault or rape in adolescence and adulthood. A web-based survey has revealed significant preliminary findings. It was suggested that the risk of further abuse is greatest for those who experience psychogenic amnesia (abnormal memory function without any structural damage to the brain), and that the risk is greatest during the victims’ adolescent years whilst they are likely to remain unaware of their abuse histories. It is thought that the increased risk is due to two sets of circumstances, both of which are associated with the use of dissociation as a defence
mechanism. Firstly, predatory sexual offenders recognise the dissociative tendencies associated with amnesia as signifying suitable victim status. Secondly, dissociation reduces the chances of risk detection and monitoring, and the ability to avoid or escape sexually threatening encounters, or to articulate and express lack of consent. The findings were presented at the National Summit for the Prevention of Interpersonal Violence across the Lifespan in Dallas, Texas, the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Newport Centre for Criminal and Community Justice Conference on Sex Offending at the University of Wales. They were discussed in the context of suggestions for preventative interventions with both potential victims and offenders, and therapeutic programmes for convicted sex offenders.
social confidence and self-esteem. As self-esteem and social confidence go down cosmetic usage goes up. Though the correlations do not necessarily imply cause and effect, the results support the premise that cosmetics may be used to enhance self-image, thus aiding psychological wellbeing. Julia’s research has been accepted for a poster presentation to be held at a conference at the University of Bristol from 22-23 June. Organised by the University of the West of England’s Centre for Appearance Research, the Appearance Matters 4 conference will highlight current research and good practice around appearance-related issues.
Graduates present at BPS Conference Criminological Psychology graduates, Tia-Louise Holt and Sarah Bothamley, presented posters on their dissertation research at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Annual Conference. Tia’s study examined the potential gender bias in a forensic lie-detection technique used in cases of reported sexual abuse. Her findings suggest that the technique may be biased against men, as it doesn’t appear to correctly identify men who are telling the truth. Sarah’s study explored the attribution of blame and believability in an acquaintance rape scenario. The study manipulated the relationships and occupations of the man and woman, and the age of the ‘victim’. It was found that, where the alleged perpetrator had a higher occupational status than the victim, and the victim was in her early 20s, very low levels of blame were attributed to the perpetrator and the victim’s allegation was seen as unbelievable. Male participants were most sensitive to the manipulation of these variables, which suggests that they are unlikely to believe their own partners, friends or children who find themselves in this situation.
Papers address issues of settlement and exclusion Dr Margaret Greenfields attended a two-day international conference at the University of Oxford and presented a paper entitled ‘(Re) Settlement and narratives of belonging amongst the Gorje: housed Gypsies and Travellers and ‘anti-gypsyism’. Margaret was one of 36 speakers whose paper was selected from a large pool of international academics. Speakers and delegates came from the realms of political, economic, social, linguistic and health research and activism. The conference was organised by the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and was funded by grants from the John Fell Oxford University Press Research Fund and the ERSTE Foundation. The aim of the event was to bring together Romani and non-Romani scholars and students from across a variety of disciplines to discuss the dimensions and impacts of Romani mobility in Europe. Over 150 delegates from over 20 countries had the opportunity to attend four out of 15
Conference addresses issues in safeguarding children Organisers of the first regional Safeguarding Children Conference at Bucks said it was a resounding success. A total of 130 delegates attended the event, which brought together a range of professionals to look at issues such as inter-professional communication. The keynote speaker was Dan Russell, the NSPCC’s Regional Head of Services, North London and East of England, who looked at the issues surrounding the high-profile deaths of a number of children. Crystal Oldman, Dean of Enterprise & Business Management and Interim Head of the School of Social Sciences, Primary Care & Education, said: “Our speakers were first class and our workshops were very successful. A plenary session with five invited experts ended the day with a multitude of questions generated from the workshops.” Special mention was paid to conference organisers Carol Rogers, senior lecturer in Early Years, and Jason Schaub, senior lecturer in Social Work. A conference on Adult Safeguarding; Making it Personal will be held on Wednesday 15 September.
themed sessions and three plenary panels with renowned international experts, as well as hearing a keynote speech from Baroness Emma Nicholson, former MEP for South East England on ‘The Decade of Roma Inclusion’. Margaret’s paper was part of a themed session on Roma/Gypsies/Travellers in Britain, which included papers from Romanian and American researchers, and took place in the main conference venue the Chapel at Harris Manchester College. To view the conference proceedings visit: http://romanimobilities.files. wordpress.com/2010/01/conferenceproceedings1.pdf Selected papers will be published in a special edition of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies in 2011. Dr Greenfields also presented on ‘The social exclusion of older Gypsies and Travellers’ at an international conference in Helsinki, Finland. The paper attracted interest from academics from over 20 countries, and was based on her work for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and
undertaken with colleagues from the University of Bristol and the charity, Friends, Families and Travellers. The three-day conference, which took place at the University of Helsinki, was opened by the President of Finland, Dr Madame Tarja Hanonen, and concentrated on social policy, health, education and linguistic engagement with Roma, Traveller and other international migrant communities. A number of Finnish, Swedish and Russian policy practitioners, and representatives of non-governmental organisations attended the event, which served as an information and policy exchange, as well as offering opportunities for the development of international research.
Did you know? Dr Greenfields’s work is also referenced in a new European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights report on ‘Housing Conditions of Roma and Travellers’. To read the paper, visit fra.europa.eu
University participates in festival conference Bucks students and employees were amongst those who attended the UK Festival Conference and Awards held at the O2 arena in London. Bucks New University was an official partner, and students and employees were out in force to hear the country’s top festival promoters and organisers discuss key issues facing the festival industry. Bucks, together with UK Live magazine, hosted ‘Crime Infestation’ a panel which looked at the problem of crime at festivals in its many forms. From ticket and merchandise fraud via the internet, to theft at the festivals themselves, the panel discussed the problems and the latest initiatives being taken by festival organisers, security staff and the police. Colin Rogers, from T in the Park, Rob Da Bank, from Bestival, and James Drury, from Live UK,
were joined by Mark Hamilton, the managing director of G4S Events and Head of the University’s International Centre for Crowd Management & Security Studies. In the audience were 25 Bucks students studying Music and Live Events Management and Events and Festivals degree courses, together with their tutor Jarno Stegeman, and department manager Music & Events Management, Teresa Moore. Teresa Moore said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for students to hear the key issues first-hand and to meet some of the most prominent people in the live music industry today.” Prof Ben Challis, lawyer for Glastonbury festival and visiting professor at Bucks, was also there to discuss ‘Sustaining a Successful Festival Brand’. For more information visit festivalawards.com
Third Age and Leisure Research: Principles and Practice
The Trouble with Higher Education: A Critical Examination of our Universities by Prof Patrick Smith and Prof Trevor Hussey Bucks academics, Patrick Smith and Trevor Hussey, have put their considerable experience into a book critiquing modern-day university life. With more than 75 years in the classroom between them, they are well-placed to discuss the challenges facing universities. Their 135-page book examines subjects including: the increase in managers in higher education; the advent of modular learning; the onset of students as customers; and how to handle change.
Edited by Prof Barbara Humberstone
Prof Hussey has worked at Bucks since 1973. He retired in 2005, but retains a role as a professor emeritus of philosophy, as well as holding the position of part-time tutor at the University of Oxford. His twin brother, Philip, was a professor of art and design at Bucks until 2003.
Third Age and Leisure Research: Principles and Practice examines issues surrounding older people and physical activity. The 170-page book includes contributions from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the US, as well as Bucks New University. It looks at how keeping active as people get older can foster individual and community wellbeing, and help ease any burden an ageing population could place on the economy.
Prof Smith says: “This book is unique. It is very rare that you hear the voices of those whose lives are spent in university classrooms, but you hear plenty from those organisations and agencies which represent teachers. “The first seven chapters are a critique of some of the problems in higher education the financing and politicisation of it. The last five chapters offer some positive solutions to help provide students with a more meaningful education. We are passionately interested in education and feel we have channelled our experience to produce a very worthwhile and readable slant on modern universities in the UK.”
The book is aimed at academics, education specialists, managers, administrators and policy makers. Prof Hussey says: “This will appeal to anyone with an interest in higher education. It is all aimed at improving the experience for the people at the heart of everything we are striving to do – the students.”
Prof Smith joined the University in 1980, and is a professor of learning and teaching.
The Trouble with Higher Education is published by Routledge, price £19.99 (paperback) or £75 (hardback).
Microbiology of Wounds
Edited by Steven Percival and Keith Cutting Microbiology of Wounds offers a fresh perspective on the relationship between the biology of wounds and infection, and the biology of the non-healing wound.
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Prof Humberstone has worked at Bucks for 17 years and is a well-respected academic in the sociology of sport and outdoor education. She added: “This volume represents the very best in research and practice on social understanding of wellbeing, leisure, recreation and sport, and healthy ageing. There is little in the UK which addresses these important issues.” Third Age and Leisure Research: Principles and Practice will be published by the Leisure Studies Association in June. Third Age and Leis
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Students’ Union strikes gold!
Student becomes board member First year marketing student, Rachel Pritchard, has been invited to become an executive board member of local charity, the Youth Enquiry Service (YES), which offers free and confidential information, support and counselling for young people aged 13-25 years in High Wycombe and the surrounding area. Earlier this year, Rachel and her fellow students ran a fundraising event for YES as part of her coursework, and it is due to the success of the event and Rachel’s hard work in organising it that she has been given this opportunity. Rachel will be involved in marketing and fundraising for YES and will attend board meetings three times a year.
Community group achieve Inspire Mark SV2G, the voluntary organisation which raises awareness of African and Caribbean culture, has been granted the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme, which recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Inspire Mark has been awarded for SV2G’s Steelpan Stepping Stone project, which is funded by Arts Council England and aims to develop the Wycombe Steel Orchestra and the steelpan movement within Buckinghamshire. SV2G is chaired by Bucks graduate, Jacqueline Roberts. They will perform at this year’s Wycombe Community Festival at Sir William Ramsay School, Hazlemere, on 24 July, as part of local Cultural Olympiad activities.
Employee sets standard for sustainable events Teresa Moore, department manager, Music & Events Management, has been invited to become a member of the UK committee formed to support the development of an international standard for the sustainable management of events. The UK ISO 20121 mirror committee was set up in partnership with groups in around 30 countries to safeguard standards in conferences, concerts, sports competitions and festivals, and is being launched to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Teresa was selected to sit on the committee as a result of her work researching sustainability and events. She has also developed a range of short courses and conferences to support event organisers.
Bucks Students’ Union has won a gold award recognising elite standards in the running and safety of university bars. The Venue at the High Wycombe Campus was among just eight university bars to receive the accolade.
Julia said: “Any of my friends from other universities who visit Bucks say that we have one of the best bars around. We host so many great events and attract some superb bands, so it’s good to know that the Venue is working to such a high standard.”
The National Union of Students’ sixth annual Best Bar None Awards recognise work in promoting safe alcohol sales and student safety. A total of 71 universities entered the competition and Bucks achieved more than 93 per cent of the required criteria to qualify for a gold award.
Tristan Tipping, deputy general manager, Bucks Students’ Union, said: “With the closure of our Chalfont Campus, we have seen a significant rise in footfall. We were actually down to the final five for the overall winner, which is a testament to the hard work of all the staff here. It’s about safety and respect and putting our customers first.
The accreditation process included mystery customer visits and the award comes after Bucks SU won the ‘Most Improved Venue’ tile last year. Venue Managers Kris Black and Chris Smith said the award was a ‘fantastic endorsement’ of the quality of the bar at Bucks. Kris said: “This shows our students and people visiting the University that The Lounge is a safe place to visit and enjoy themselves. Considering the size of our University we have done extremely well to receive this prestigious award. This is an exciting time for the Students’ Union at Bucks and we are pleased to receive this ringing endorsement of our work.” Second-year students Julia Rawicz, 20 and Annie Brown, 21, studying BA (Hons) Music & Live Events Management, said they were ‘extremely proud’ of their SU venue.
“This has been our busiest ever year at a time when many university bars are finding things tough so congratulations to everyone who helped us to achieve this award. It’s fantastic news for Bucks.” Bucks SU also picked up a silver gong in the Sound Environmental Impact Awards at the same event. The awards recognise students’ unions which demonstrate best practice in reducing the effects their business has on the planet. Bucks had won a bronze standard for the last two years. Mal Edgson, general manager, Bucks Students’ Union, said: “The silver award shows we have upped our game this year. This reflects the hard work by the staff and officers of the Students’ Union, as well as the improvements that have resulted from the University upgrading its facilities.”
Viewpoint The freedom to write and paint by Marianne Vincent Living and working as a teacher in Brussels, it is a real treat to me to get the opportunity to improve my artistic skills in such an inspiring and welcoming environment as Missenden Abbey. I’d encourage any lover of the English language like me to spend a weekend or even a week there. I am actually becoming addicted to the friendly atmosphere of the location and the expertise of the tutors. To be frank, writing courses are my favourite. It was a daunting challenge though, as I am a foreigner – a Belgian with two native tongues, French and Dutch. English has now become the tongue I prefer – I feel like hearing it from morning to evening.
Since then, I rush to the Eurostar train to cross the Channel fearless of being stuck under water because I know I will be immersing myself in English at Missenden Abbey again soon! The people of Great Missenden are so lucky. What a privilege it is to have such a beautiful and inspirational place on their doorstep, a place with such rich history and such character, so conducive to fostering peacefulness, creativity and personal fulfilment whatever subject you choose to do.
Marianne Vincent is a student on an adult learning course run at Bucks New University’s Missenden Abbey Conference Centre. For further information on courses at the Centre, visit arca.uk.net/missendenabbey To find out more about the Centre’s conference facilities, visit missendenabbey.co.uk
What did I learn in this well-organised place? I learned to be both humble and confident, to explore the depths of my emotions and express them with agreeable people in total trust. By incorporating this new behaviour, diplomatically encouraged at the writing class, I felt and still feel boosted. I overcame my fears and barriers; I am on the point of being a writer. This was a childhood dream. When I left my writing class in November 2009, I sent a short-story to Meridian Publishers’ Winter Competition and A Life in Wonder was shortlisted. Isn’t this a gorgeous and encouraging present?
Bucks in the news Bucks’s media coverage has included national articles in The Independent and features in regional newspapers, as well as trade and industry publications. The Independent lauded the University for “going into business with industry” and “helping to reshape the meaning of the word ‘university’. The newspaper also profiled furniture graduate, Sivan Metzer. Sports Management with Football Studies students Rob Hewitt and Matt Johnstone had their 15 minutes of fame on Italian television reported in the Colchester Gazette and Coventry Telegraph. Rob was also interviewed by BBC Coventry & Warwickshire radio and Sky Sports News, talking about his role as a football ambassador with the Berks and Bucks Football Association. The Daily Express featured comments made by Prof John Philpott about striking
BA workers at a meeting of the Chilterns branch of the CIPD, held at Bucks, and Prof Geoff Lawday had a slot on Radio 4’s Material World as part of their ‘So You Want to be a Scientist’ competition. Times Higher Education reported that course leader, Lynn Jones, had been made a Freeman of London, and the work of furniture design students appeared in a range of trade publications including Design Week and Upholsterer and Soft Furnisher. Bucks graduate and former employee, Cheryl Wheatley, was interviewed by BBC Radio Oxford on behalf of The Migraine Trust. The Thames Valley Business Magazine ran a double-page spread on the facilities in the Gateway building, and highlighted our ongoing relationship with the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing in their international edition.
Engineering courses receive accreditation The engineering courses at Bucks now carry accreditation through the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED), the UK’s most prestigious body for engineering designers. The Mechanical Engineering Design HNC has received Engineering Technician (Eng Tech) Accreditation, BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering Design has been given Incorporated Engineer (IEng) Accreditation and the Master’s in Engineering has been awarded Chartered Engineer (CEng) Accreditation.
What’s on? These guidelines explain how universities and other stakeholders should use the ‘What’s the big idea?’ campaign logo on their own materials in the run-up to Universities Week on 14-20 June 2010.
These guidelines have been produced to provide an overview of the basic design elements and the way in which they can be used for maximum effect.
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Logotypes for each of the three variations have been created in spot colour, full colour process and RGB, to allow for use across all media types.
Saturday 12 June, 10am-3pm, and Monday 14 -Thursday 17 June, 10am-4pm, High Wycombe Campus
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Celebrating the talent of this year’s graduating designers and artists. A chance to see the work of final year students, spanning the full range of the creative and cultural industries, from furniture production and design, to ceramics, glass, textiles, graphics and advertising.
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The exclusion zone around the logotype is equal to the cap height of the ‘W’ in ‘What’s’.
Bucks students will also be exhibiting at New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, from 1-4 July and 8-11 July, and D&AD Colours New Blood, Truman Brewery, London, from 24–28 June. Our University Open Days are a great opportunity to sample For further information, visit bucks.ac.uk/degreeshow, the Bucks experience. Visitors and their guests will have the email email@example.com or call 01494 605 073. opportunity to talk to our employees and students, to find out more about our courses and to look round our facilities.
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Adult Safeguarding; Making it Personal
15 September 2010, 9.30am-4.30pm, High Wycombe Campus A one-day conference organised to recognise the current significant transformation of adult social care across the country. Keynote speakers: Michael Preston-Shoot, Professor of Social Work, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, University of Bedfordshire; and Bill Nicol, Head of Adult Safeguarding for Suffolk and Derbyshire local authorities For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01494 522 141 ext 3532.
Public Lectures Series High Wycombe Campus, 6-7pm A series of free public lectures featuring leading speakers from the worlds of sport and healthcare. Speakers to be confirmed. Admission is free and is open to anyone on a first come, first served basis. Places need to be reserved. Dates for the 2010-11 academic year are: Wednesday 6 October 2010
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These guidelines explain how universities and other stakeholders should use the ‘What’s the big idea?’ campaign logo on their own materials in the run-up to Universities Week on 14-20 June 2010.
These guidelines have been produced to provide an overview of the basic design elements and the way in which they can be used for maximum effect.
Note: The logotype ‘What’s the big idea?’ must never be used in isolation. It must always contain ‘Universities Week’ and where appropriate please use a version of the logo that includes the official dates of the week.
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University Open Day
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Mechanical Engineering Design Open Evenings
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Postgraduate Open Evening Wednesday 16 June 2010, 5pm-7pm To find out more or register, visit bucks.ac.uk/open_days
Wednesday 24 November 2010
Universities Week: What’s the big idea?
Wednesday 23 February 2011
Monday 14–Sunday 20 June 2010
Wednesday 16 March 2011
Bucks New University is supporting a week of activity involving universities across the UK. Over 100 universities and other organisations are helping to enhance understanding of the higher education sector, through a variety of events and activities.
Wednesday 4 May 2011 Wednesday 18 May 2011 For further information, visit bucks.ac.uk/public_lectures, email email@example.com, or call 01494 603 002.
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For further information, visit universitiesweek.org.uk
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This year’s graduation ceremonies will take place in the Wycombe Swan Theatre from 6-10 September. For further information and details of specific ceremonies visit bucks.ac.uk/graduation
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