Buckinghamshire New University

Ensuring every student has the same opportunities

Throughout its 125-year history, Buckinghamshire New University has changed lives through employment-focused and skills-based teaching which enables students from a wide range of backgrounds to achieve their ambitions.

The University works closely with the Students’ Union to offer all students the 'Big Deal' – an opportunity for students to take part in a wide range of activities all free of charge.

Big Deal activities include events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities and societies. An analysis of the initiative showed that 88% of students felt participating in Big Deal activities had improved their employability.

The survey also showed that those who engaged with the Students’ Union enjoyed a 3% higher progression rate when compared with other students.

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