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Moving along! New transitional management arrangements

BCUC Graduations A review of this year’s ceremonies

Times Higher Award Nomination for BCUC

Contents Message from the Director


BCUC graduates celebrate their success


News in brief


Students have designs on the office of the future


BCUC commissioned to design seating for Eden


Flying start for Art Foundation Students


BCUC goes football crazy


Another record for innovative degree course


Website to promote ‘greener’ festivals


Transitional Management Arrangements

P6 & 7

Supporting the work of the Pyramid Trust


Foundation Degree Conference a great success


Enterprise week a great success


News in brief


BCUC introduces measures to encourage greener travel


Staff Bicycle purchase


Campus Link


Future plans


High Wycombe Park & Ride


FA Student Ambassador Project


Ad campaign rolls-out across the region P11 Q&A’s on campus redevelopment

P12 & 13

Q&A’s on campus redevelopment

P14 & 15

What’s on


Connection Magazine was produced by the Marketing & Student Recruitment Department of Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (BCUC) and is accurate at the time of going to press. Every effort is made to ensure that the information provided is complete and correct. If you have any corrections, questions or stories, please contact the Acting Editor Paul Duffy on: 01494 605253 or e-mail: BCUC Queen Alexandra Road High Wycombe HP11 2JZ Telephone: 01494 522141 Fax: 01494 605023 Website: Designed and produced by EURO RSCG Riley © Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College 2006 Front cover image by Dave Marriott (Dave Marriott Photography 01494 438352)

Message from the Director This third issue of Connection continues the theme of the summer issue which highlighted the significant changes occurring within BCUC. This time we can put a name to the 11 Schools of study which constitute the 3 new enlarged Faculties and their respective Heads of School (bar 3) and their Faculty Executive Managers and Heads of Research. Many congratulations to those appointed. This recruitment process has been demanding but vital in ensuring that we have the right management structure and leadership in place as we enter the next phase of our development as we aspire to be a New Generation University. As you know, what this means for us is being externally facing including working with employers, businesses and industry. This is a key priority for the higher education sector at the moment since raising the skills level of the workforce is considered to be an essential part of making the UK more competitive in the global market. The Leitch report on the review of skills is due for publication very soon. With our commitment to working with employers and their representative bodies such as the Sector Skills Councils, we are well placed to respond to this. Following the publication of the report we will hold a number of open briefings to enable all staff to find out more about the report’s findings and recommendations and to think about how this will influence our development as an institution. We are now in the happy position of applying for university title. As I write, the final version of our submission document is with the printers and will be sent to the QAA in good time to be considered by their relevant committee on 8 December as planned. I hope the recent briefings on the process of application and the vision for our new university were helpful and demonstrated our commitment

Welcome to the third edition of Connection, which I hope that you will find an informative update on news, developments and events at BCUC. Connection is your newsletter and any feedback or comments are always most welcome, so please feel free to submit material for inclusion in future editions and I will do my best to ensure that they are included in the next issue.

to achieving this status. Thank you for your help and support in this so far and also as we prepare for the panel visit In terms of the likely name for the new university we have been conducting a large scale research survey among prospective students, current students, staff and external stakeholders. I am as intrigued as anyone to the outcome and we will share the conclusions and recommendations with you in the near future-suffice it to say that whatever name emerges will have to be approved by the Privy Council. We are also entering the key planning application stages for our campus consolidation. In this issue, Martin Briggs – Deputy Director updates us of the latest developments in this issue and gives us a sneak preview of what the new High Wycombe campus may look like. These are exciting times for BCUC and clearly a busy time for everyone. As ever, I am extremely grateful to all staff at BCUC for their input to taking the place forward in its new stage of development as well as at the same time keeping the day to day operation going and ensuring that students are looked after well. I would like to take this opportunity to express my very best wishes to Gill Fisher who leaves us at the end of November having devoted many successful years in helping to build BCUC into a major HE provider within the South East not only as Assistant Director (Human Resources) but previously as Dean of the former Faculty of Leisure & Tourism. We wish her a very happy retirement.

Dr Ruth Farwell Director and Chief Executive The fourth edition of Connection is scheduled for early in the new year, around the beginning of February, so work on that will start almost immediately. If you have any news articles relating to your faculty or department, please do contact me directly by e-mail to or by telephone on 01494 605253 Paul Duffy – Acting Editor Marketing & Student Recruitment

BCUC graduates celebrate their success Over the course of four days at the beginning of September, some 1500 graduating students from BCUC packed the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe to receive their degrees and other awards from BCUC’s Director, Dr Ruth Farwell.

News in brief BCUC nominated for Times Higher award BCUC has been shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Supplement’s 2006 award for the Outstanding Financial Support Package. BCUC’s nomination for the award recognises the highly generous, readily available financial support on offer to undergraduate students studying at BCUC.

Capturing the scene During the ceremonies a number of honorary awards were made. Tom Dean, the former Chief Executive of Wycombe furniture manufacturer, Ercol, was made an honorary Fellow of the University College; John Bartle, founder of leading advertising agency, Bartle, Bogle and Hegarty was awarded an honorary doctorate, as was Peter Trunkfield, a leading rugby administrator and Roger Reade, Chief Community Officer of football’s Football in the Community. Former BCUC Director, Prof Bryan Mogford, returned to the university college on Thursday to collect an honorary award. Students pack the Swan Theatre

Under the terms of BCUC’s financial support package, all UK and EU students who enrol for the first time on full-time undergraduate courses at BCUC in 2006 – and who are charged the full £3,070 a year tuition fee – will receive £1,000 a year from BCUC for the duration of their course. This financial support is not means tested and comes with no strings attached other than the requirement to continue to study at BCUC.

BCUC Council Staff Elections As a result of elections held amongst BCUC staff in October, Crystal Oldman, Head of School of Community Health, Education and Social Care within the Faculty of Society and Health and Lesley Bunce from Department Administrator and PA to the Head of Marketing and Student Recruitment have been elected to represent the academic and non-academic staff respectively on BCUC’s Council, its governing body.

For the students – who attended the ceremonies wearing traditional academic dress of gown and mortar with their friends and family in tow – the nine separate degree congregations marked the successful end to between two and four years of lectures, tutorials, dissertations and examinations. For staff too, the ceremonies were a cause for celebration being the culmination of several months of hard work. In the run-up to the graduation ceremonies many members of staff in faculties and the academic registry devote a great deal of time to liaising with students and their families, organising the printing of programmes arranging speakers, inviting dignitaries and generally ensuring that everything runs smoothly on the day.

BCUC rated no 2 Art and Design School Computer arts, the world’s best-selling creative magazine with an avid following amongst graphic designers and the creative side of the advertising industry, has rated BCUC as No 2 in its list of the top ten UK design schools.

Dr Farwell, who was officiating at the ceremonies for the first time as BCUC Director following her appointment in January, told audiences – which also included representatives of the local educational, business and civic communities – that the degree congregations were symbolic occasions to celebrate success and to recognise achievement formally.

Roger Reade with Ruth Farwell

The first group of students to graduate with a Foundation Degree in Dance Teaching

Design graduate Tom Trimmins makes sure he doesn’t lose his ticket to the Swan

Throughout the week the graduates received words of encouragement from a number of keynote speakers, including Chesham and Amersham MP, Cheryl Gillam.

BCUC scored a impressive total of 750 points and was only beaten by Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Computer arts rated Design Schools on the basis of their success in a number of national competitions including the D&AD student awards. In July, graduating students Klaas Diersmann and Sakurako Haino from BCUC jointly won the D&AD Global Student of the Year Award.

Students have designs on the office of the future In September, students studying for an MA in Furniture Design and Technology got the chance to display their designs for office furniture at the prestigious London showrooms of leading contract furnisher, KI.

The exhibition showcased ideas that had been developed during an innovative summer school held in Chichester. The summer school owed its success not only to the support BCUC received from a number of individuals and organizations including Broome Jenkins, Morgan Furniture and the London based architects Pringle Brandon who provided designers for the workshops and facilitated factory tours, but also to the generosity of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and KI. During the week the students participated in a number of design workshops and visited several places of design interest including the Gridshell Building at the Weald & Downland Museum – a fascinating architectural feat designed by the architect Ted Cullinan – the newly opened Pallant

House Museum and a factory visit to local furniture manufacturer, Morgan, based in Southbourne. The highlight of the week was a visit to the home of Lucienne and Robin Day. Considered Britain’s most celebrated designer couple of the post-war era, furniture designer, Robin, and his textiles designer wife, Lucienne, spent time chatting informally about their lives as designers and answered a range of questions put to them by the students. Later the same day, the students got to meet TV design spokesman and entrepreneur, Wayne Hemingway, who entertained the group with his wisdom, his vision and his humour. “Don’t call yourself a designer if you don’t eat, sleep and breathe design 24 hours a day,” Wayne advised the students.

BCUC commissioned to design seating for Eden BCUC has won a commission to design seating for the new Eden Centre in High Wycombe. Following a successful presentation to Eden Centre Developers, Multiplex, and their art consultants, Insite Art, staff and students from BCUC’s Faculty of Creativity & Culture, will create the street furniture that will ultimately allow tired shoppers to take the weight off their feet when they visit High Wycombe’s new retail and leisure attraction.

A trawl of ideas will now take place following a brief written by Lynn Jones, the course leader for BCUC’s MA in Furniture Design. Initial concepts have to be submitted no later than 15 December 2006. The aim of the Eden Centre developers is to have street furniture that has been made locally, from local materials, involving local people. Lynn Jones commented that High Wycombe could reflect its own identity in its seating.

Flying start for Art Foundation students

BCUC goes football crazy

Few of the students starting the art foundation diploma at BCUC expected their first project to involve the building of a large model of an early flying machine but three weeks into the course and the workshop on B Floor of the main building in High Wycombe had begun to resemble a World War One aircraft hanger!

Highlights of the week were a trip behind the scenes to Chelsea Football Club and a dinner at Wycombe Wanderers where the guest of honour was former England footballer turned TV pundit, Sir Trevor Brooking.

Inspired by a visit to Hendon RAF Museum and from drawings downloaded from the Internet, the students constructed not one but two planes using discarded materials. Commented Nathan Ward, course leader, “the project proved hugely popular with the students and was a great way for everyone to get to know each other. “It also provided a useful introduction to many of the design techniques that will be taught on the course.” The art foundation diploma offers students who have previously studied art to A Level standard the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of a range of art and design disciplines and to hone their technical skills. 130 students are enrolled on this year’s course.


33 football-mad Year 11 students – girls as well as boys - got the chance in the summer not only to hone their ball skills but also to discover what studying at a university actually involves when they attended a Government-sponsored soccer summer school at BCUC. During the seven-day event, which was funded by the Aim Higher initiative and the European Social Fund, the youngsters took part in a variety of football-related activities, including the completion of an FA coaching award. They also had plenty of opportunities to quiz BCUC’s student ambassadors about higher education.

The School is the third to be staged at BCUC. BCUC was chosen to organise the school as a result of its proven track record of running football-related courses. The school was supported by the Football Association (FA) whose Football Development team worked closely with the students throughout the week. Paul Morgan, Senior Lecturer within the Faculty of Enterprise & Innovation commented: “BCUC was privileged to have been chosen to hold the School which proved an extraordinary success. The youngsters loved the football coaching work with the FA, the visit to Chelsea and meeting Trevor Brooking. Several former students have been inspired by the summer school to get involved with their local clubs and County FA’ s as well as going on to higher education which is exactly what the week is about.”

Another record for Website to innovative degree course promote

‘greener’ festivals

Thanks to work carried out by BCUC graduates, Luke Westbury and Claire O’Neill and BCUC’s visiting lecturer in law, Ben Challis, there is now a website, to support and promote the importance of environmental efficiency at music festivals. The site has been launched with the support of the ILMC and YOUROPE, the European festivals organisation.

BCUC student, Kamil Kaminski takes the controls under the watchful eye of Cabair instructor, Cooky Amin BCUC’s innovative honours degree course in Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training continues to break records. In September 2006 a record 53 students enrolled on to the first year of the degree, sixteen more than in 2005. Graham Austin, Chief Executive of Cabair College of Air Training – one of the UK’s foremost providers of commercial pilot training courses and BCUC’s partner to deliver the course, believes this is the largest group in the UK ever to start a pilot training programme all at the same time. The honours degree course combines the study of today’s air transport industry with training as a commercial pilot. Students who pass both the academic and the practical elements of the course will graduate with both a degree and a ‘Frozen’ Air Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL). Anyone holding an ATPL is qualified to apply for the position of first officer with a commercial airline. Towards the end of September, the new students got the chance to meet the staff at Denham Airfield. The group will hone their flying skills at Denham, Cranfield or Wycombe Air Centre. All of the students – the group includes 6 girls – have a real passion for flying. The course has attracted students from right across the UK, including Northern Ireland, as well as internationally. Kamil Kaminski – originally from Poland but now living in London – got the chance to be the first to take to the skies as the winner of a raffle drawn earlier in the week. John Furley, Principal Lecturer BCUC’s faculty of Enterprise Innovation, commented:

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BCUC we are really excited about this unique course. It offers a highly flexible programme of study to suit individual needs and circumstances and an excellent opportunity to gain a highly sought-after qualification, as well as the chance to study the air transport industry in considerable depth.

Keren Caird, Sales and Marketing Manager for Cabair Training explained that the real advantage of the course was that it provided people with no previous flying experience with the skills necessary for a position in the airline industry. Furthermore, having the degree meant that any pilot who was declared medically unfit later on had a recognised academic qualification to fall back on. Out of the students who began the course last year, all but 5 now have their Private Pilot’s Licence and are so well on their way to their Commercial Pilot’s Licence.

As Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis tries to work out what to do with a Wellington boot mountain left on his farm in 2005 and Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall heads off to tour the US in a biodiesel powered tour bus, looks to spread the ‘best practice’ of successful festivals, allowing festival organisers and promoters to understand how waste, traffic, CO2 emissions, noise, water pollution and land damage can all be minimised or eradicated. Ben Challis says that he intends the site’s research and recommendations to be a source of debate and ultimately creative environmental solutions. “We are looking to promote new ways of making festivals and music events more environmentally efficient. The site is designed to help promoters and organisers – not preach to them,” he comments. Claire, who undertook most of the research on the website including carrying out in depth interviews with fifteen UK festival organisers and collating responses from 649 festival goers from around the world added, “Festivals really are top of my list when it comes to entertainment and generally enjoying life and music! It’s that love for life and enjoying it in nature that has inspired the research into making festivals not only neutral but a positive force towards sustainability ... so that future generations can do the same.”

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Transitional Management The chart below shows the transitional management arrangements pending the appointment of the Deputy Director (Operations). You will note that three Heads of Schools have yet to be appointed: two of these Heads are in the Faculty of Society & Health; the other is in the Faculty of Enterprise & Innovation. In addition, we expect to be able to announce shortly details of the person

appointed permanent Head of Research for the Faculty of Creativity & Culture.

Plan and are possible because of special

BCUC is also looking to fill three newlycreated senior posts: Head of Teaching Quality Enhancement, Knowledge Transfer Manager and Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors.

available to BCUC.

The first two of these appointments link to the priorities set out in the New Strategic

David Gay, in addition to his other duties.

ring-fenced funding which HEFCE is making The third post involves responsibilities which have up until now been carried out by the Deputy Director (Academic), However, following the review of corporate

Chairman of

Peter Mo


Ruth Farw

David Gay

Executive Dean Faculty of Creativity & Culture

Executive Dean Faculty of Enterprise & Innovation

Peter Slater

Chris Kemp

Academic Registry

Deputy Dean

Deputy Dean

Students’ Union

Ruth Gunstone

Alastair Forbes

Deputy Director (Academic)

Student Services Regional Development Unit Marketing & Student Recruitment

School of Design & Craft William Schaaf School of Visual Arts & Communication Malcolm Plastow School of Music, Entertainment & the Moving Image

School of Computing & Advanced Technologies Peter Harding School of Sport, Leisure & Travel Lyn Hawkins

Frazer Mackenzie

School of Business & Management

School of Arts and Media


Linda Morgan

Head of Research

Head of Research

John Boylan

TBA Faculty Executive Manager Elizabeth Bell

Faculty Executive Manager Miriam Moir

Arrangements governance, it was agreed that there should be a clear division between the remit of the Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors and the remit of the members of the Senior Management Team. The have








recent restructuring.


Graeme Coulter – Deputy Director (Planning) since 2002 will no longer take an operational role in the University College but will continue to work with the Director over the next year on key strategic assignments such as our HESA and HESES returns. He is to retire from BCUC at the end of September 2007 and we will celebrate his invaluable contribution at that time.

Susan Jones, the Assistant Director responsible for our Regional Development Unit with its focus on Widening Participation and the BCUC Partner College Network, will now report to the Deputy Director (Academic), David Gay. Gill Fisher, the Assistant Director Human Resources and former Dean of Leisure & Tourism, will retire at the end of November this year.

Human Resources (from 1 Dec)



MIS Branding


Equal Opportunities and Community Development


Executive Dean Faculty of Society & Health

Executive Dean (Change Management)

Jaki Smart

Trevor Nicholls

Deputy Dean LIS/ICT

TBA School of Community Health, Education & Social Care Crystal Oldman School of Continuing & Advanced Practice Sue West School of Human Sciences & Law TBA Head of Research David Brodie Faculty Executive Manager Teri McAvoy

Martin Briggs


DesirĂŠe Wilson

School of Pre-reg Nursing

Deputy Director (Campus Development)


Finance Campus Services Missenden Abbey

Supporting the work of the Pyramid Trust All volunteers are required to undergo 15 hours’ training. After the compulsory training, the work involves a couple of hours each week – usually on a Wednesday afternoon. The clubs run for ten weeks at a time and all expenses are reimbursed. Many of the students who have taken part have commented on the benefits that they themselves have derived from Pyramid. The students learn about teamwork, planning and about working as a professional in a school dealing with children, parents and teachers. They also gain first-hand experience of strategies for behaviour management and derive a great deal of personal satisfaction from raising the children’s self confidence and self-esteem. All of this is of course great for the cv and for seeing the practical application of academic theory, in addition to being a lot of fun! It is now six years since BCUC students first began working as volunteers for the Pyramid Trust. Psychology Field Chair, Christina Meredith, explains the work that is done by BCUC students on behalf of the Trust, how the students benefit and who to contact for additional information.

Pyramid is a national organisation that identifies and supports the emotional health and wellbeing of primary schoolaged children, especially those who are quiet, withdrawn or have difficulty making friends.

As these children do not cause immediate problems, they are often overlooked in favour of the more behaviourally challenging pupils and yet evidence suggests that failure to address the needs of these children at an early stage in their development can lead to much more serious problems later in life. In Buckinghamshire the Pyramid project is run by Bucks County Council’s Educational Psychological Service. With the help of volunteers, the project organises after-school clubs for specially selected youngsters. These clubs, which are held in local primary schools, are designed to offer opportunities for praise and recognition, achievement and friendship as well as to enjoy new experiences and responsibilities – all within a fun and caring environment. To date around 50 BCUC students have taken part in Pyramid. Volunteering for the Trust provides valuable work-experience, particularly for psychology and sociology students but students studying other subjects have also benefited.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering for the Pyramid Trust should contact me, email or telephone 01494 522141 x3542, Marie Geiger, the volunteer co-ordinator in the Students’ Union email telephone 01494 605100 or Francesca Post, Pyramid Project Co-ordinator, email telephone 01628 485890. Alternatively, visit the Pyramid Trust website, Christina Meredith

Foundation Degree Conference a great success Seventy people attended the Foundation Degree conference held on the 10th October at Missenden Abbey. Most of the attendees were from BCUC and its associate colleges, with several delegates from Oxfordshire colleges and Oxford Brookes University. The event was sponsored and supported by Aimhigher. Following the first Foundation Degree conference last year where the majority of the speakers were from BCUC it was decided to invite speakers from outside of the area so that we could learn from others experience.

In the morning, Liz Starbuck-Greer briefed the audience on the role of the newly formed Life Long Learning Network. Then Iain Wolloff of Farnborough College and Paul Chamberlain of the University of Winchester spoke about their experiences of developing Foundation Degrees. Andrew Baxter of Canterbury college gave an engaging account about the development of a retail foundation degree and the work that was required to establish and maintain employer involvement. The only local speaker, Nick Swarbrick, from Oxford

Brookes University reported on the results of action research into mentoring students on foundation degrees. The afternoon was devoted to workshop sessions on the topics of mentoring, employer involvement and the development process, where delegates shared their experiences with others. Feedback from delegates was that they had enjoyed the wide variety of speakers and topics. Stuart Kirk

Enterprise Week a great success Enterprise week 2006

Following the success of Enterprise Week last year we had five days of events lined up for this year to inspire people to be enterprising – to start turning ideas into something real. The aim of national Enterprise Week 13 - 17 November 2006 was to encourage young people to begin thinking about the possibility of starting their own business and to promote a dynamic culture of enterprise across BCUC. The programme for the week included a varied and exciting range of workshops, presentations and competitions. Being enterprising is not just about the workplace it affects all aspects of life on a daily basis. The week of events was packed with ways to build on and improve entrepreneurial skills. The week kicked off on Monday 13th November with the BCUC Enterprise Road Show with West London Schools. Pupils from West London Schools joined forces in an action packed programme of events which included interactive sessions in Tourism, Law, Policing, Business, Nursing and Social Care, The Music Industry and Animation. Monday was the Make Your Mark Challenge. Teams of six people joined other teams all over the country to compete in the challenge which was revealed at 9am on the internet. The winners will be entered by BCUC into the final. On Tuesday 14th November we were joined by Jay and Jade from Street Dreams for a talk entitled Why not become a social entrepreneur? The pair discussed the many advantages of being your own boss! They also provided a briefing on their 12 week business course. Tuesday saw the launch of BCUC’s Business Club for current students and alumni of BCUC. The intention is for the Club to meet around three times a year over dinner. At each meeting a business leader will share his or her experiences of setting up in business and there will be the chance to network with other like-minded students and graduates and staff. BCUC is delighted to be working alongside ‘Business Monthly’,

the business supplement of the Bucks Free Press, on the development of this club. This event is also the launch event of the BCUC Business Enterprise Club for BCUC graduates. Events will be held throughout the year including workshops and inviting guest speakers to talk on all aspects of business. Wednesday 15th November was Women’s Enterprise Day which aimed to promote enterprise to young women and encourage them to start their own business. BCUC held their event at Bassetsbury Manor entitled how to create a successful image. Speakers talked on presentation, image and self-confidence. Also on the Wednesday was the BCUC Dragon’s Den. Student Entrepreneurs pitched their ideas and faced questions from our panel of Dragons. The winner received £500. Thursday 16th November was YOMP (Your Own Marching Pace) day. 40 BCUC students joined 40 students from other schools and colleges to compete in this day long event. There was the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills and convince the judges of their ability to win a prize of £500. On the Thursday we also launched the My Great Business Idea Competition 2006 – 2007. This 2 stage competition is open to all BCUC students along with those students at our partner colleges. The total prize fund is £15,000. Friday 17th November was Networking Day. We were visited by Paul Tierney from BRE Networking for a presentation on networking followed by The Nation. People from all over the UK simultaneously took part in this speed networking event over the course of an hour. Every few minutes the whistle blew and you moved onto your next contact to share ideas, contacts and open doors to business success. Entrepreneurship relies on making the right contacts and speednetworking was a great way to help people learn the skills to get connected and meet new people. We finished the week on the Friday evening with our Enterprise Week Closing Party. We were joined by Michael Eavis the famous founder of The Glastonbury Festival for an interview followed by Live Music and the chance to put questions to a panel of successful BCUC graduate entrepreneurs. For further information, contact the Regional Development Unit, telephone 01494 605244 or visit the BCUC website,

News in brief Mural for Brook Street A previously non-descript wall at Brook Street Halls of Residence recently received a creative makeover thanks to the efforts of students and young people from Phat Kantz, a High Wycombe based organisation established to promote and support legal forums for street art. The wall around the perimeter of the halls of residence, which had been an uninspiring shade of grey up until recently, now features a colourful, eye-catching mural.

BCUC students, Erin Shadbolt and Jo Barrie, pictured next to the mural

Enhancements to Missenden Abbey Staff at Missenden Abbey continue to invest both time and financial resources into ensuring that conference delegates experience facilities of the highest standard. Missenden was recently awarded a Gold certificate by the Environmental Health Department for excellent standards in food safety. Wireless Broadband access is now available free of charge throughout the Abbey. The Environmental and Green Group has been formed to ensure that the Abbey follows best practice both in terms of managing its energy costs and helping the environment. Centre Director, Steve Crawford, has been elected onto the Board of Directors for Conference Centres of Excellence, a consortium of 40 dedicated conference centres. For details of facilities and rates, some of which are available to BCUC at a discount, please phone 01494 866811 or visit

Caroline’s experience of the celebrity lifestyle BCUC Journalism student Caroline Burr now has the “inside track” on Big Brother star, Jade Goody, after appearing in a new reality TV series being screened this autumn. Contestants on the show compete for the job of Jade’s PA. Caroline’s experience was also featured in a double-page spread of HEAT Magazine Caroline, who is in the second year of her Journalism course at BCUC, has completed a range of work placements on celebrity and teen magazines. She was able to use her contacts to secure Jade some “dazzling” jewellery and shoes for a picture–shoot featured in the TV show. “It was a great experience”, said Caroline who hopes to carve out a career in the magazine industry on graduating.”


introduces measures to encourage greener travel

Campus Link Staff and students can now travel free of charge between sites using the Campus Link bus service. The service is operated by BCUC’s partner, Carousel Buses, which runs a regular inter-site service using high quality buses with fully compliant disability access and clean burning engines.

During 06-07 BCUC hopes to launch an innovative pilot scheme to allow you to take your bicycle on the bus. To be eligible for free travel, all staff must possess a valid BCUC ID card. For details of the Campus Link timetable, visit the BCUC website,

With the issue of climate change rarely out of the news and everyone from Government Ministers to TV lifestyle gurus urging us to take more exercise, Iain Thomson, Head of Campus Services, explains the measures BCUC has introduced to encourage staff to do their bit for the environment, their health and their bank balance.

Staff bicycle purchase First introduced in May 2006, the BCUC scheme offers staff the chance to purchase a bicycle at a discount by opting to buy the bike through a sacrifice of salary. In a similar way to the season ticket scheme, the amount you save depends on the amount of tax you pay, but most members of staff should save between 31% and 41%. For further details and an application form, contact David Johnson, We fully recognise that it’s not possible for everyone to cycle to work every day of the week but if you were to get on your bike at least once in a while or for at least for part of your daily commute, you would undoubtedly see an improvement in your fitness and you would also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you are playing your part to try to reduce global warming.

Discounts on other Carousel services BCUC has also negotiated a range of preferential rates for staff and students on other routes operated by Carousel.

BCUC staff and students are also now eligible for a 25% discount on all standard fares on other Carousel routes including the very popular A40 High Wycombe to Heathrow service.

Staff and students can now travel free of charge on Carousel routes 3 and 4 between High Wycombe and Wellesbourne (Kingshill Road and Terriers).

Tickets can Carousel Buses.

In addition, Carousel are charging BCUC staff and students just £2.20 for a Wycombe Zone day ticket (instead of the usual £2.80), £3.30 for an All Zones ticket (instead of £4.50) and £504 for an annual season ticket (instead of £560).

Anyone concerned about the cost of a season ticket should consider the salary sacrifice scheme. Under the terms of the scheme, staff pay for their season ticket out of their pre-tax salary which reduces the amount of tax they pay. The amount you save depends





on your income tax bracket but by opting for the salary sacrifice scheme, you should save between 33% and 41% of the purchase price of the ticket. For further information and a form, contact David Johnson, email To view full details of Bus routes and visit:

Carousel timetable,

Don’t forget that to take advantage of the discounts, you do need a valid BCUC ID card.

Future plans We are hoping to negotiate further discounts with other public transport operators in the near future and also to introduce a sustainable car club for the use of both staff and students. For full information on routes, fares and discounts as well as BCUC’s travel plan, visit

High Wycombe park & ride Wycombe District Council has been operating a highly popular park & ride scheme for over a year now. This service offers hassle free access to the town centre and free parking at the spacious and secure car park in Cressex. Buses run to and from the town centre every 15 minutes between 7am and 7pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 6pm on Saturday. For details of times and fares, visit or phone 0870 120 10 88.

Ad campaign rolls-out across the region From October onwards the Marketing & Student Recruitment Department has been running a recruitment and advertising campaign across the South East of England. The campaign incorporates a wide range of media, including posters into fifty schools and colleges, designed to raise the profile of BCUC, as well as it’s generous bursary scheme. Locally, advertising will be appearing on the sides and rears of Arriva, Carousel and Motts Travel buses, covering all the main routes around the area, as well as coaches on the established school runs. In addition, posters can currently be seen on the London Underground both on the escalator systems and opposite platforms at all the major stations including – Marylebone, Euston, Kings Cross, Baker Street and Oxford Circus – to name but a few. Large posters also feature at key stations along the Chiltern railway line until December.

As a part of the media mix across our region, a four week campaign is also currently running on two of London’s most popular music stations, KISS FM and XFM, both of which command large audiences not just in London but throughout the home counties, including Hertfordshire, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Middlesex. BCUC also has ‘click-through’ banner adverts on the websites of the two radio stations, as well as on the up and coming BEBO website – an increasingly popular site, which enables social networking amongst school and college friends. These banner ad’s give the opportunity for prospective students to click straight through to the BCUC home pages. BCUC is also the main sponsor of this years Christmas lights turn on in High Wycombe town centre which takes place in mid November.

FA student ambassador project In a scheme believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, the Faculty of Enterprise & Innovation has forged a partnership between the school of Sport, Leisure and Travel and the Berks and Bucks Football Association Limited development team. This project is supported by the Football Association at Soho Square and will provide excellent opportunities for students studying sports degrees to develop their career in the football industry. BCUC’s students will also be able to get involved with football clubs of the region on aspects of coaching, business and management – and will act as ambassadors and consultants to The Berks and Bucks Football Association Limited.


Q & A’s on campus Martin Briggs, Deputy Director (Campus Consolidation) provides an update on BCUC’s plans for campus redevelopment.

View looking south from Abbey Way underpass


What are the current timescales for the redevelopment?


We now expect both BCUC’s outline plan for the redevelopment of the main campus in Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe (QAR) and George Wimpey’s plan to redevelop our Wellesbourne campus for housing to be considered by the planning authority, Wycombe District Council (WDC), in December. Assuming that WDC grants planning permission without substantial amendments or conditions applied,


the demolition of the buildings at the front of the main site (those housing the reception area, the main hall, the main lecture theatre, the gym, the student refectory and the post room) will occur early in the new year. Construction of the new building (to house a state of the art learning resources centre, music studios, computer rooms etc) will begin next summer, with completion scheduled for summer 2009.


So will we have to wait until then to see any improvements to the campuses?


No. A considerable amount of building work has been undertaken, particularly on the QAR campus, and many staff should notice improvements. Over the coming years the majority of space will be enhanced – this includes seminar rooms, lecture theatres and office accommodation. The new improved café facility will be open in January 2007 – both staff and students will be able to take advantage of this new facility. The new catering facility in the Venue provides hot food for students and staff.

redevelopment Q A

Have designs for the new buildings now been agreed? Designs are subject to planning permission being granted but the picture(s) featured gives an indication of what the new building might look like. I am very excited about the design ideas and feel sure that the new building


will become a famous landmark and gateway for the new High Wycombe.

progressing with the next stage –

Have the locations of departments and faculties within the redeveloped campus now been decided?

design forward to detail design level.

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The design team have completed the stage C design work and are now

stage D. This stage moves the outline The current design covers the general location of activities, builds upon the beneďŹ ts of activities being adjacent to other appropriate areas, and includes details of the size of the building.

View looking north from Marlow Hill

View looking west from Marlow Gyratory


Q & A’s on campus Existing buildings Currently a decant strategy is being finalised to confirm the planned location for staff and teaching facilities within existing buildings. Once confirmed this information will be communicated to all staff.


How soon will staff and students know when they will have to move?


We are currently working on the decant strategy – this covers the vacation of current locations and the relocation to new ones. Our aim is to minimise the disruption to staff and students wherever possible during this necessary process. Once finalised, the decant strategy will be available for comment and communication sessions will be run on all three campuses.


Now that Chalfont has been sold, will staff and students who are currently based there be expected to move earlier than originally anticipated.


It is envisaged that Chalfont based staff will not be relocated before summer 2009 when the construction work on

West – East section


the main campus should be finished. We are, however, reviewing this to see whether an earlier move for some or all of the Chalfont activities is achievable and beneficial.


When is it envisaged that staff and students will vacate Wellesbourne, assuming planning permission is granted to Wimpey?


Vacation of Wellesbourne is contained within the decant strategy, which is being finalised. However it is anticipated this will be during the summer of 2009.


What about staff and students working in the faculty of Society & Health?


Detailed discussions on the relocation of this faculty are progressing to confirm the user brief for facilities required both on the main campus and a site closer to London. The timing of the move will depend upon a new training contract with the NHS, and should be by summer 2009.


BCUC has also announced plans to build a student village in the centre of High Wycombe, where do things stand on this?


The acquisition of land to develop additional student residences in High Wycombe is being progressed. A European tender has been advertised to appoint a developer to build the necessary new facilities.


Is BCUC still planning to sell John North Hall?


Yes. The timing of this will depend upon the acquisition and development of alternative residential provision in High Wycombe.


What happens if WDC turns down the planning application to build houses on Wellesbourne? Would this not jeopardise the whole scheme?


We are committed to vacate the Wellesbourne and Chalfont sites by 2009 and we are progressing with the refurbishment works in advance of the planning determinations. If the planning applications were refused, we would immediately appeal.


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Connection Issue 3  

Bucks New University Connection Issue 3