Alumni Collaborations & Visits

Alumni & Students – News Snippets

Bucks alumni work alongside our students in so many ways across all disciplines. The amount of activity is impossible to keep up with sometimes, so here is just a sample of stories from around the university.

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Paralympian Naomi Riches MBE, who graduated in 2006 and was awarded an Honorary Master’s in 2010, returned to Bucks last week to open the new Human Performance, Exercise and Wellbeing Centre in South Wing. The new facility is already used by around 270 students. Naomi said: “The support I received at Bucks is part of what set me on the road to success. I am so proud to have graduated from Bucks and hope I can inspire other students as they prepare to enter the world of work.” The centre includes 3D motion capture technology and equipment to measure and improve athletes’ performance. Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting said: “The centre is an excellent example of the University’s role as an anchor institution within our local area and testimony to collaborative working and purposeful endeavour.”  Full Story

BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design graduate Sophie Carr was voted one of the top ten knitwear graduates of 2011 by WGSN. Sophie also won the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Design in 2011 and in her role as Prize Coordinator for the company returned to tell students about the competition and how her career has progressed.Sophie Carr_B&W


She said: “It is fantastic to be working in the industry and to be doing the very kind of role which I trained for at the University. Winning the prize in 2011 and gaining the contact with Hand & Lock has been invaluable in progressing my career and gave me the stepping stone I needed to make contact with key people in the industry. It has been a great addition to add to my CV!”
Full Testimonial


Third year students visited Hoxton agency KK Outlet ( ) a panel discussion featuring Bucks Graphics alumni. Graduates who shared their stories included interactive designer Nick Wavish and the gentlemen behind Court Basketball magazine, Callum Green and Louis Bennett.


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Social Media Executive and blogger for Zest Digital who
returned to speak to current students about social media.


MA Human Resource Management graduate Shaun Purbrick, Head of HR, Learning & Development at Phlexglobal Ltd. spoke to Bucks Business School students about employee engagement; what it means, the benefits it brings, how it might be encouraged, and ways in which it could be measured.

“I was delighted to be asked to guest lecture and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting such an enthusiastic, dynamic and engaging (pardon the pun!) group of people.  I even came away with one or two new ideas that I might try out at work!”

BSc Hons in Mental Health Nursing graduate Will Barker came back to Bucks New University to help with activities around World Mental Health week by coordinating an event and leading workshops. Will has kept strong links with the University since graduating with a first class degree in September 2013. He has become a student mentor and taken part in lectures to share his experiences for the benefit of those training to be mental health nurses.
Read more about the visit here.

We are also delighted that Will has been included in the ‘how to be a mental health nurse’ feature on the Success at School careers website which is targeted at 13 to 19-year-olds. The site receives 70,000 visits each month and the interview has been published to tie in with the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Read the interview here.

BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design graduate Erin Estrada returned to be a speaker at the  recent Textiles Symposium.

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Erin said: “It has been quite a surreal experience to return to the University and I actually got quite nervous when I first came to reception – it felt like the first day of school again!

It is quite an honour to be invited back to speak at the University. The education I received at Bucks New University has been a major influence in my career and helped me to express myself as a designer and assisted in shaping my career path.

I look back fondly on my time at University and also appreciate the life skills I gained through studying at University, helping me to become independent and ready to enter the world of work.”



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