September 2020 plans

Bucks Students’ Union in 2020-21

There’s no getting away from the fact that the start of the new year is going to be different from normal, but we are determined that both new and returning students won’t miss a thing in 2020-21. Here’s what we have in store to begin with…

As a student of Bucks New University you are automatically a member of Bucks Students’ Union, widely recognised as one of the best students’ unions in the UK, and thanks to unique initiatives like The Big Deal you can access one of the broadest and most diverse extracurricular programmes in the university sector, completely free of charge.

The Freshers’ programmes are going to be packed. You’ll still get the chance to experience Bucks student life and build the connections you need to really make the most of being part of our community as we reintroduce all the activities you’ve been looking forward to.

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Freshers' helpers

We have a team of trained students to help you settle in to Bucks - whether that’s as you move into halls and start to find our way around campus, or if you need support navigating your way through the emerging world of online study. And don’t worry if you aren’t planning to be on campus until later in the year - if you need a campus tour or want an experienced student to show you the ropes, one of our team will be there for you.

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Bucks Buddying

Any student who wants one is allocated a Bucks Buddy from our trained team of students. We’ll match you with someone from a similar field of study and they will be on the end of an email to answer your queries and questions throughout the year as well as regularly passing on essential information.

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Events and entertainment

We can’t wait until social distancing is eased and we can unleash a full programme of free on-campus events for you. When the time is right, we’ll have entertainment seven nights a week from international themed events, club nights and live music to quizzes, film nights and balls - with everything in between.

Until then, we have a regular and diverse programme of online events, mixers and activities to help break the ice, make new friends, and keep you connected with the Bucks community.

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Sports and societies

While the start of the playing season might be affected, we’re committed to making sure that there are plenty of opportunities to meet and join your chosen clubs, and to participate in socially distanced, physical and recreational sports and well-being activities. We will be able to deliver a range of activities such as socially distanced dance classes and online yoga and even book some outdoor sessions. As the term progresses, there will be competitions and we hope to host an incredible Varsity before the year is out.

There are a huge range of societies at Bucks. All of which are free of charge to participate in, and we’re working on ways to include you ‘virtually’ while we wait for normal service to resume. Don’t worry, if you have a passion for something, you’ll find like-minded people at Bucks and we’ll connect you so that you can get the most out of your time at Bucks.

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Community volunteering and charity fundraising

COVID-19 has generated a tremendous upsurge in volunteering and community spirit. You’ll be able to find a way to help others and gain valuable experience when you come to Bucks. Last year, our students contributed over 14,300 volunteering hours to make a difference to others. From online fundraising events to safe, hands-on volunteering opportunities, we’ll be able to match you and your friends with something you have an interest in.

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Student representation

We have a team of people dedicated to supporting you through our network of course representatives, helping to make your educational experience the best it can be. We work closely with the University, sharing your feedback and working together to make improvements in response to what you tell us. Your voice is valued at Bucks and there are a wide range of ways to ensure you’re heard.

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Recreational activities and additional skills programme

Every year we run thousands of hours of free-to-access recreational activities from art classes to language courses, theatre trips to singing lessons and from CV writing workshops and public speaking seminars to sign language and certified courses like first aid.

In the first term we’ll have just as much on offer as ever. Much of what we do can be delivered online and where possible we’ll deliver select session’s ‘face-to-face’ - if it’s safe to do so. As the term unfolds, we hope to be able to quickly re-establish a timetable of extracurricular trips and sessions so you can develop your skills, experience exciting things and meet new people.

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Advice and guidance

Our professional and independent advice service is fully operational and supporting students via phone and Skype sessions. From course-related issues and money worries to personal problems and general welfare concerns - our experienced advisors are set-up to provide you with the confidential advice and guidance you need.

All of this is supported by the University’s Student Centre, Counselling and Disability teams and 24/7 wellbeing support through The Big White Wall.

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As soon as students return to campus we’ll start to re-open our cafes so you can grab hot and cold drinks and snacks to take away. When we’re permitted to do so our full service will be restored. We’re looking forward to sharing our new menus, promotional offers and specials before too long.

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Student media

There’s a range of student-led media to keep you informed and up-to-date with everything going on at the Union and beyond.

We produce the student newspaper, The Bucks Student, every three weeks - a free publication that’s widely available around all campuses and online. We have our website bucksstudentsunion.org; our digital radio station, Rusty’s Radio; and active social networking sites.

So whether you fancy writing a few articles for the paper, want to get into radio, or are a budding marketeer, getting involved in media at Bucks is a great opportunity to boost your portfolio for when you graduate.

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We know you may be thinking about part-time work when you come to university. Our team is already searching out great opportunities in and around the local area. We’ll help you apply and set you up with the best possible chance of finding the right job for you.

There are also opportunities for paid work within the Students’ Union or you can also apply to be a Student Ambassador, for the University, to help with Open Days etc.

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Bucks Award

Every time you participate in an activity with us - be it volunteering, a skills session or securing a committee role - we keep a record of it. We collate all this activity so you can showcase your involvement through the Bucks Award and easily add it to your CV and job applications.

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STRIVE Festival

After a successful launch in 2020 we’re bringing STRIVE back for the new academic year. A two-week festival to enhance your employability, including alumni panels, guest speakers, developmental sessions, networking and workshops to support you to be successful in your chosen career.

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Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is a bespoke development programme for talented students to gain specific skills for routes through the Union into leadership roles. It’s a series of training, courses and opportunities to enhance your employability and build leadership traits - all free of charge courtesy of The Big Deal.

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Bucks Enterprise

New for 2020-21, Bucks Enterprise is a free-to-join society fully supported by your Students’ Union.

Throughout the year, we’ll help the society to organise enterprise and entrepreneurship activities and events that’ll be open to all students.

These events will include guest speakers and masterclasses; mentorship; alumni panels; competitions and ‘live briefs’; training and access to a wide range of personal development opportunities to help cultivate your inner entrepreneur.

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Bucks Alumni

New for this year, every member of the graduating class of 2020 will have free access to our ‘Alumni 2020’ package. Our graduates are important to us, and we want you to know that when you finish studying you’ll still be part of our Bucks community.

Across the year you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Four networking events
  • Access to The Big Deal programme free of charge
  • Full engagement with the STRIVE festival events and activities
  • Full participation in the Bucks Enterprise scheme
  • Access to the Leadership Academy modules and support
  • Access to an industry-relevant mentor scheme
  • A quarterly e-newsletter

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Bucks internship programme

You’ll be joining our bright and hardworking team. We want to make the most of your talents and keep them within our community. In 2020, we’re launching a series of fully-paid internships with great training and development opportunities to give select graduates the chance to build experience while contributing to our mission.

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Free inter-campus shuttle bus service

In partnership with the University, we’ll continue to run the free inter-campus bus service between our High Wycombe and Uxbridge campuses.

This will operate between 8am and 9.45pm throughout term-time and we’ll start the service as soon as it’s safe to do so, in line with Government guidelines.

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Bucks printing

New for 2020, our very own on-campus print, reprographics and design service offering you the very best value with fast turnaround and specialising in lower print quantities.

From business cards to leaflets, large format posters to small print run brochures we can offer this plus a whole host of other printed materials - all at student prices.

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Click to view the full programme plan (PDF 2.2MB)