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Reports and Public Information

Reports and Public Information

Statements & Reports

As a University that stands for being inclusive, we are confident that colleagues are paid equally for doing equal jobs across the university. The pay gap reports look more broadly at average earnings and difference in pay and we are committed to eliminating it. There are a number of reasons for the gaps, from distribution of senior roles, to time in service and structural inequalities. We have set out actions to address this and continue to welcome suggestions from anyone at any time.

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Buckinghamshire New University and its wholly owned subsidiaries recognise that modern slavery is a crime resulting in an abhorrent abuse of human rights and includes slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, and human trafficking. We are committed to protecting and respecting human rights and to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within our organisation, its subsidiary companies, or in any of our supply chains.

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These reports are published annually in accordance with the CUC HE Remuneration Code, following consideration by the University's Remuneration Committee. For terms of reference and membership of the committee please see the committee webpage.

YearAnnual Report
2021-22Remuneration Committee Annual Report 2021-22
2019-20Remuneration Committee Annual Report 2019-20
2018-19Remuneration Committee Annual Report 2018-19

We’ve always taken our environmental responsibilities seriously and are proud of our track record. We know that sustainability is as important to our students, people and stakeholders as it is to us. That’s why we are redoubling our efforts in the fight against climate change.

The University recognises the importance that it is beneficial to its employees to have representation by recognised Trade Unions. Trade Union representatives are granted reasonable time off during working hours to undertake union duties; these are set out in the following agreement.

The following Trade Unions are represented at Buckinghamshire New University:

  • UCU - University and College Union

In accordance with the Trade Union Act 2016, the University publishes an annual report of Trade Union facility time:

The information published here shows:

  • The number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.

It shows these numbers by reference to:

  • The gender of the individuals to which they relate
  • Their ethnicity
  • Their socioeconomic background.

Table 1a: Percentage of classified first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2021-2022 qualifiers.


CharacteristicCharacteristic splitPercentage
EthnicityEthnic minorities52%
EIMD 2019 quintile1 and 247%
EIMD 2019 quintile3 to 565%


 Table 1b: Detailed information on attainment for 2021-2022 qualifiers.





classified First
Degrees awarded

Percentage of
classified First
Degrees awarded
as first class

classified First
Degrees awarded
as upper second class

classified First
Degrees awarded as lower

Degrees awarded as third
class / pass

unclassified First
Degrees awarded

other under-graduate awards

Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile133010%30%35%25%N70
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile250015%35%30%20%N100
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile344020%40%30%15%N90
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile435020%45%25%10%3060
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintile528030%40%25%5%4060
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintileN/A3025%30%10%30%NN
Full-timeEIMD 2019 quintileUnknownNNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile1NNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile2NNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile3NNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile4NNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintile54020%55%20%DPN30
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintileN/ANNNNNNN
Part-timeEIMD 2019 quintileUnknownNNNNNNN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile1NNNNNNAN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile2NNNNNNA30
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile3NNNNNNAN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile4NNNNNNAN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintile5NNNNNNAN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintileN/ANNNNNNAN
ApprenticeshipsEIMD 2019 quintileUnknownNNNNNNAN

The data contained in the tables above have been rounded and suppressed as follows:

  • Numerators and demoninators have been rounded to the nearest 10. Where the numerator or denominator rounds to 20 or less, the data are suppressed with an "N".
  • Percentages are rounded according to the smallest, unsuppressed denominator in a given mode and characteristic. If the denominator rounds to:
    • 50 or less: percentages are rounded to 5%
    • 1,000 or less: percentages are rounded to 1%
    • More than 1,000: percentages are rounded to 0.1%
  • "NA" is displyed where there is no provision in a given mode or level.
  • "DP" indicated suppression for data protection reasons. This is applied where the numerator is two or less, or differs from the denominator by no more than two students.

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Our plans

Access and Participation Plans set out how higher education providers will improve equality of opportunity for underrepresented groups to access, succeed in and progress from higher education. These Plans are regulated by the Office for Students (OfS) which has a statutory duty to promote equality of access to, and participation in, higher education in England.

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When you accept an offer and register for a BNU programme, we fully expect to be able to deliver that programme through to the completion of your studies. However, certain circumstances may mean that it is no longer possible for that programme to continue to be delivered as initially intended. Student Protection Plans are intended to provide assurance to current and future students that higher education providers have in place appropriate arrangements to protect the quality and continuation of study for their students.

Our Student Protection Plan (with its appended Risk Register) has been approved by the UK Government's higher education regulator, the Office for Students (OfS).

Our Plan:

  • Identifies a range of scenarios that may impact on students at either the University or at one of its educational partners
  • Analyses the probability of each scenario occurring and the level of impact on a student or cohort of students
  • Identifies how the University manages and mitigates the risk associated with each scenario to prevent it from occurring, and
  • Confirms how the University will respond to protect the interests of its students should one such scenario occur.

The following guiding principles have underpinned its development and accord with those set out in our Terms and Conditions of Admission. That the University:

  • Will make every effort to ensure that the programmes it offers to students are delivered as validated
  • Accepts that it may be necessary to make changes to its provision to maintain currency and validity
  • Will seek to minimise disruption to students
  • Will consider the specific impact of changes to its provision by assessing its impact on the student population, including any perceived differential impact on particular stakeholder groups, e.g. its widening participation population
  • Will endeavour at all times to keep students appropriately informed with regard to changes that may be necessary and will bring these to their attention as soon as possible
  • Will inform the Office for Students of events, not including the closure of an individual course, that require the implementation of the provisions of this Plan.

The Plan is owned by Council, our Governing Body, which has responsibility for assuring the effective governance of the University and ensuring that it meets statutory and other legal obligations. It will be reviewed and updated as necessary on an annual basis.

Data & Privacy

Buckinghamshire New University processes personal information to enable it to provide education and support services to its students. For this reason the University holds and processes personal data about its students, staff and other data subjects for academic, administrative and commercial purposes. It also holds personal data to fulfil regulatory and statutory obligations to the government and other associated bodies.

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The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 is to promote openness and accountability across the public sector, by providing members of the public with a right of access to information held by public-sector organisations.

Within England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Information Commissioner is responsible for promoting public access to official information. You can contact the Information Commissioner by telephone on 01625 545 745 or online from the Information Commissioner's Office website.

In Scotland, the Scottish Information Commissioner performs this function, and can be contacted by telephone on 01334 464610, or online from the Scottish Information Commissioner's website.

As a publicly-funded institution, Buckinghamshire New University is subject to the Freedom of Information Act. If you want to request information from the University, you should first look at our Publication Scheme document, or you can email FOIofficer@bnu.ac.uk for this document.

If the information you want does not appear in the Scheme, you can send your request in writing to:

The Freedom of Information Officer Buckinghamshire New University Queen Alexandra Road High Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP11 2JZ Email: FOIofficer@bnu.ac.uk

We will, within 20 days of our receipt of your request, tell you if we hold the information you want, and provide that information to you, subject to certain exemptions.

This policy describes how we collect and use personal data during your use of the Buckinghamshire New University website in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and related UK data protection legislation.

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