Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) is a public university in Buckinghamshire, England, with campuses in High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Uxbridge and Great Missenden. The institution dates from 1891, when it was founded as the School of Science and Art, and has since then has variously been known as Wycombe Technical Institute, High Wycombe College of Technology and Art and the Buckinghamshire College of Higher Education. It was a university college from 1999 until 2007, when its application for university status was accepted.

Academic profile

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Reputation and Rankings

National rankings
Complete (2022) 102
Guardian (2022) 77
Times / Sunday Times (2022) 119
Global rankings
British Government assessment
Teaching Excellence Framework Silver

In November 2013 it was ranked 12th in the UK by the Huffington Post in a list of creative universities. It was also included in a list of the top 14 creative universities in the UK by The Daily Telegraph in December 2013. Domestically, the university is ranked 113 out of 130 universities (Complete), 92 out of 121 universities (Guardian), 113 out of 131 (Times / Sunday Times).

Championing Equality,Diversity And Inclusion

The University overall vision is to be an inclusive environment ‘that inspires learning, develops potential, widens participation and ambitiously transforms lives.’ [19]They strive to do this by ensuring they create an environment ‘which is not only free from any form of discrimination but actively celebrates and values diversity.

In October 2020, they held a number of different events in celebration of black history month to celebrate black culture and enrich it’s students.

Research Standing

For the most recent 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the grading “internationally excellent” or “world leading” was for some submissions in the areas Allied Health Professions, Business and Management Studies, Sport and Exercise Sciences, Art and Design.

Specialist Courses

The university runs several specialist courses.

The Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training is a course offering students the opportunity to study for a professional pilot’s licence whilst undertaking university studies in areas such as globalisation of the air transport industry and health safety and security for airlines and airports. Many former students (including Virgin Atlantic deputy chief pilot David Brooks) have gone on to attain jobs as pilots in flying schools, charter companies and airlines around the world including Susi Air, Cathay Pacific, Qatar, BMI and Ryanair.

Although the Air Transport with Commercial Pilot Training course aims to provide guidance and support to students with the aim of becoming commercial pilots, many students are inspired by various modules of the course and pursue careers in other areas within the air transport industry. In 2009 graduate Antony Coe set up his own business DexFix computer repairs.[citation needed] Following this and in conjunction with his studies in Health safety and security for airlines and airports Coe now provides contract services to the counter terrorism task forces worldwide.

The university offers several other innovative courses such as Music Management and Film and Television Production. The university also offers a course in Animation and Visual Effects, launched in September 2013.