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Engage and Enhance

Engage and Enhance

Engage

We want you to stay in touch - whether that’s because you want career advice, wellbeing support or just want to visit the gym!

Your future
Career Development and Advice

As a Class of 2021 graduate you have three year’s access to support from our Student Opportunities and Careers Success team which includes:

  • One-to-one career advice
  • Support with career planning
  • CV, assessment centre and interview preparation
  • Opportunities to join online events with employers to help build your professional network

MyBucksCareer is our free online careers portal that gives you instant and tailored CV and interview feedback. You can use the job search tool to find graduate employment. Take advantage of a wealth of interactive career advice, tools and resources to support you take your next career steps. You can access MyBucksCareer using your Bucks email and password. If you no longer have access to this email address and wish to sign-up as alumni, please email careers@bucks.ac.uk.

We provide year-round support to our students and recent graduates. If you would like to talk to someone about your career, please email us at careers@bucks.ac.uk.

Bucks Xtra

Join us between 21-25 June 2021 for Bucks Xtra – an exciting week of hybrid activities to support your personal and professional development and to give you Xtra!

You are invited to exclusive events with employers, workshops to prepare you for applying to graduate jobs, and a series of activities on mindfulness and inspiring you to be your best. Full details will be publicised shortly with information on how to sign-up.

Your career, your Students’ Union

When you graduate, Bucks Students’ Union wants to stay in touch and continue to support you in making the most of your time at University. The SU has created the alumni network - a package designed to support members after graduation and allow them to continue to benefit from the free opportunities offered by the Big Deal. Have a look at all that’s on offer and sign up.

Your Wellbeing and Health
Continuation of Advice Centre Support

We recognise that after graduation there is a period of transition as you shift from being a student to an active job seeker. This can be an exciting time; however, it may also be unsettling for some. If you need advice or support our Student Centre is available to you. Email Student.centre@bucks.ac.uk.

Mental health support

As a BNU Graduate, you are eligible to register for the Togetherall using your student email address for a year after you graduate. This online platform is a 24/7, anonymous support tool to promote self-care within the community. Users can receive peer support through an online community, join free online wellbeing and self-help courses, and browse useful resources.

Range of discounted gym membership

All graduates are eligible for student-rate membership of the Gateway Gym – for life! This gym membership not only gives you access to the fantastic exercise facilities, personal programme writing and a full schedule of group exercise sessions, it also entitles you to big discounts on additional services such as Personal Training. For more information see our Alumni Membership section.

Library Access

Do you need a quiet space to read, study or apply for jobs? You can continue to attend our campus libraries and use the study space and access printed materials.  Some access to online resources will be available, get in touch with library@bucks.ac.uk for details.

Enhance

Just because you’ve graduated doesn’t mean you can’t grow further - you might want to consider more study, like a postgraduate qualification, or just boost the skills you already have.

Funding offer for postgraduate qualifications

As a student or graduate of Buckinghamshire New University, you may be eligible for a loyalty discount on one of our postgraduate courses.

For more information visit our Alumni Benefits & Services page.

Fareeha Ahmed, took advantage of the alumni PG offer after graduating last year and is studying MSc International Aviation Regulation and Law. She said:

"I decided that while I was waiting for the aviation industry to recover during covid, I wanted to use my spare time wisely and do something that will benefit me in the long run. A deciding factor was the alumni discount offered at BNU. It meant that I was paying less than what I would have to pay if I went to a different university. It really has been better than I expected! It definitely requires a lot more work and studying, but it has been amazing to see how much I’ve improved just in the last few months. The course has finished so quickly and with the block-teaching method, I have had the flexibility to work full-time and continue with extra studies on the side."

Fareeha Ahmed
Vice-Chancellor PhD Scholarships

The Vice Chancellor PhD Studentship Awards are available for new PhD candidates with two awards available per year. The award covers full-time tuition fees for a maximum period of three years and a bursary of £15,000pa for three years.

Applicants must satisfy all entry criteria for Doctoral candidates and be accepted through the normal application process, to be eligible for an award. For more information visit our research degree pages.

Researcher Development Programme

BNU has access to Epigeum, part of Oxford University Press, which provides exceptional online research developer courses. The Research Skills Master Programme includes modules on the following:

  • Intellectual property in the research context
  • Getting published in the arts and sciences
  • Ethics: good research in practice and research with humans
  • Managing your research project
  • Career planning in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences
  • Working with your supervisor
  • Conferences, presenting and networking
  • Research methods in the arts and humanities, social sciences and sciences
  • Literature review
  • Academic entrepreneurship

We have a limited number of licences to access these courses so if you would like to take advantage please contact ResearchUnit@bucks.ac.uk if you would like access.

Need help deciding on further study?

Our Student Opportunities and Career Success team can help you to look at the options for further study. Contact careers@bucks.ac.uk. You can find out more about the financial support available to you to undertake Postgraduate Study from the government website and through the Student Centre.

Students’ Union developmental programme

For 12 months after you graduate, you will continue to have free access to the developmental programme delivered by your Students’ Union. The diverse range of skills based workshops and certified courses will provide invaluable additions to your CV and can be booked through the ‘What’s On’ page of the website.

You can also still claim your Bucks Award, a record of all your engagement with the SU, and book a one-to-one reflective session enabling you to effectively articulate your experiences and apply them to workplace scenarios.

Employability support from the Student’s Union

STRIVE Festival is a programme of activity designed to enhance employability and delivered by your Students’ Union completely free, courtesy of the Big Deal. The programme includes networking sessions, skills workshops and seminars and Q&A panels with successful alumni and local employers – a real opportunity for you to make sure you stand out in a competitive job market. Details of the STRIVE Festival that was delivered this year can be found here and you can keep an eye on the SU’s social media and website for the programme coming in 2021 along with details of how to reserve your place.