The institution changed its name from “Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College” to its current name of “Buckinghamshire New University” (“Bucks“) when its application for university status was approved in 2007 by the Privy Council. Proposed names such as “University of Wycombe”, “University of High Wycombe”, “High Wycombe University”, “University of Buckinghamshire” and “Buckingham Chilterns University” were rejected. The chosen name was swiftly attacked by the University of Buckingham for using the county name. However, critics have argued that the ‘New’ element of the university’s name will look out of place in the long-term.
Bucks had ambitious plans to consolidate its divided campuses into a purpose-built site near to Hughenden Park in High Wycombe on land previously owned by CompAir. While these plans fell through, the university changed plans to renovate and enlarge the main campus as well as consolidate both the Wellesbourne and Chalfont campuses onto the High Wycombe site. Additionally new halls of residence have been built at the Hughenden Park site.
The University has undertaken a major development of the High Wycombe Campus with a large structure, known as the Gateway, being built onto the front of the existing building. The building itself is based on a study of its contexts and the irregular urban gain of the town centre. It won a RIBA award in 2010. A state-of-the-art complex, it offers a rich mix of commercial-standard facilities, including a sports/events hall, fitness centre and performance lab, dance and drama studios, music recording studios and video production suites, a modern integrated learning resources centre and meeting and conference rooms.
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Bucks New University
High Wycombe Campus, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ