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Bucks Xtra

Bucks Xtra

A week full of exciting activities!

Bucks Xtra is a week of events taking place between 21 - 25 June.

The University and Bucks Students’ Union have put together an exciting programme of activities which have been specially crafted to support your personal and professional development and give you the edge in the employment market.

A week of fantastic events...
Monday 21 June
All day: Give to refresh relaunch

Last year, the University and Bucks SU launched Give to Refresh and joined forces with the Beauty Banks charity to help local people living in hygiene poverty. We’re proud to be the first university community in London and the south – and only the second in the UK – to set up a public donation point so that local residents and businesses can also get involved.

We’re delighted to be reopening our COVID-secure donation points from 21 June to coincide with Bucks Extra. Please bring any unopened products to help get personal care and hygiene products for women and men to local registered charities (including food banks, homeless centres, refuges and secondary schools.) The most requested items are shampoo/body wash; toothbrushes/toothpaste; disposable razors; deodorant; face wash; sanitary products; nappies/baby wipes; teenage products such as spot cream; and make up. Travel and full-size products are both gratefully received.

Please have a look to see if there’s anything you can donate to help someone in need. Your Give to Refresh donations can be taken to reception at the University’s Gateway building on Queen Alexandra Road, which is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Please provide your in-person donations to the Gateway building by reception.

All day: Sports Massage and Injury Assessment and Treatments

An opportunity for either some stress relief with a sports massage or to get that niggling injury seen to by our students. Book your session via reception now!

This is led by Kevin Campbell-Karn and the Sports Therapy team and takes place on-campus (room S0.02 and S1.04). Slots will need to be booked in reception.

10am – 3pm: Pottery workshop

Max 8 people (or less if needed to stay in line with workshop covid limit). Face coverings must be worn unless exempt.

The day will start with a Pot Throwing demo, followed by a Clay Plaque Art workshop which will run throughout the day for attendees with a range of materials provided. You will be shown a range of decorating processes which you will then use to create your own illustrated plaque. Throughout the day, there will be the opportunity for you each to take a seat at the potter’s wheel to try your hand at throwing your very own pot.

You may have watched the recent channel 4 series The Great Pottery Throw Down, and may already know a bit about pottery, but even if you haven’t ever touched clay before, you will get to leave having had a fabulously creative day and hopefully with a pot and plaque too.

Laura, aka @pottylaura will be running the workshop and you can find out more about her work on Instagram, Facebook and in the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild Gallery in Stoke Mandeville.

This is an on-campus event (room W3) led by Laura Manners.

Find out more and book your place today.

11am – 12pm: British Sign Language Taster

The online session led by SU Skills will cover BSL alphabet, Meet and Greet signs and then a little ‘ask me’ section at the end where you can ask anything about deafness or signs.

Find out more and book your place today.

11am – 1pm: Art of Banksy Exhibition

This globally acclaimed showcase features original and authenticated works associated with, arguably, the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history. On display are prints, canvasses, screen prints, sculptures, unique works and limited-edition pieces mainly dated between the years 1997 to 2008, the period which resulted in Banksy’s most recognisable and well-known works.

This event is led by the SU Recreational Activities team and takes place in London.

Find out more and book your place today.

12pm – 1pm: JISC - How to navigate assessment centres

Jisc will be providing an insight into the world of assessment centres and showing you how to navigate them and do your best to secure the role you really want.  There will also be the opportunity to provide your feedback on assessment centres and play a role in creating their next ones.

This online event is led by SOCS. Find out more and book your place today.

1pm – 3pm: Litter picking

Come and clean up the Rye to keep our local community clean. This opportunity is great to achieve your green imitative and boost them community hours! This drop-in event is led by SU Volunteering and takes place at The Rye, High Wycombe.

1pm – 5pm: Make Music Day

This drop-in event is led by SU Events and Paul Fields from the School of Media and Creative Industries and takes place both online and on campus. More details to follow.

1:30pm – 4:30pm: Mindful Flora

Design and create your own 3D creative flora in the Red Shed Print Workshop. A calming afternoon session where you can paint, print onto fabric and then build your own floral or botanical creations that could be used for accessories, as ornament for interiors or added to garments.

This event is led by Sara Darling and takes place on-campus in the Red Shed Print workshop.

Find out more and book your place today.

1:30pm – 3pm: CV workshop

A high-quality CV and covering letter are vital to enhance your chances of being selected for a job interview. This workshop will cover the essential components of an excellent CV/Covering letter. It will be useful to any studmake music dayents wishing to review these crucial documents.

This event is led by Paul Wilcock from SOCS and takes place on-campus (room S3.02A and S3.02B).

Find out more and book your place today.

2pm – 3:30pm: Coming back / Moving forward

Moving on isn’t always easy…

This session will offer you a chance to connect with others who might feel strange or anxious about coming back to the campus and face to face teaching. 

Are you finding the idea of returning to campus brings up fears as well as excitement?  Would you find a space to share thoughts and feelings about this helpful? Then it could be worth you coming along.

This event is led by Nick Fryer and takes place online. Find out more and book your place today.

3:45pm – 4:30pm: Rock n Roll Stroll Dance class

Max 16. The Rock’n’Roll Stroll is a partnerless style of dance usually done in lines (reminiscent of what most people would describe as line dancing) this would be danced between fast exhausting jive tracks in Rock N Roll clubs. Originating in the Rock N Roll clubs of the 50’s, and popular in the Rockabilly Clubs of the early 80’s, the dances were traditionally done mostly by the women, but are now danced in vintage social dance venues around the world as a way of catching your breath between fast jive songs by all dancers who want to join in.  Strolls are made up of a single sequence of moves which is then repeated in a loop throughout the record and are a great way of getting your steps up to that holy grail of 10,000 while boogying along to a rock’n’roll track and testing your coordination.

There are many strolls, so I will start by going through ‘The basic stroll’. And if we get on well with that, I may also run through a second one too. Please wear trainers or sensible shoes.

This is an on-campus event (room WWo.01 – Dance studio) led by Laura Manners.

Find out more and book your place today.

Evening: Make Music Day After Party

This event is led by SU Events and will take place on campus. More details are to follow.

* For more information on the events hosted by the SU, please visit their What's on page.

Tuesday 22 June
10am – 3pm: Post Pals

Join the SU volunteering coordinator in Beats on Tuesday 22nd June to write letters to terminally ill children. This is a drop-in session taking place on-campus.

11am – 12:30pm: Creative Dance Workshop

A chance to move and create. Forget about the outside world and have fun learning some short movement phrases and exploring how to adapt them to create new material. Use different styles of music to change the focus and feel of the piece. Work with others on formations and transitions to bring the short creative movement routine to life. No previous dance experience necessary but all levels welcome.

This event is led by Lauren Vincent and takes place on-campus.

Find out more and book your place today.

12pm – 12:30pm: Amazon (AWS) Start-ups: How we can help you

This online event is led by guest speaker Jaime Noan, Amazon (AWS) Startups.    

What is AWS?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of the global online retail giant Amazon. AWS provides on-demand cloud computing services to individuals, companies and governments on a metered Pay-As-Go basis. AWS offers over 175 services that start-ups can use to build their businesses faster at a lower cost.   How can we help?

Our goal is to support start-ups using AWS to become winners. This event is focused on how AWS products and services can help you launch and grow your business. Why you should attend?

This exciting event welcomes students and recent BNU alumni, both early stage entrepreneurs as well as aspiring to start their own business entrepreneurs who are interested in learning about how to grow their businesses or ideas through technical and business guidance from a global leader in business.

Find out more and book your place today.

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Go Ape!

Take on the Treetop Challenge. Test yourself – the longest crossing is 20 metres and the highest platform is a jaw-clenching 14 metres skywards. One thing is for sure, a day out to this course will leave you buzzing!

This is led by SU Recreational Activities. Find out more and book your place today.

1pm – 5pm: International Conference and Exhibition on Nursing

The aim of the International Conference and Exhibition on Nursing (Nursing London 2021) conference is to bring together people who have an enthusiasm for finding new pathways in the field of nursing. The Three International Nursing Conferences organized in different places were a great success, as the participants enjoyed, appreciated, and were enriched by the presentations given by the national and international speakers from all over the world. The conference is going to held in London, UK from 22-24 June 2021 and the theme is Emphasizing challenges and new pathways implementation in Nursing.

This event is available to all Nursing students, is led by SU Skills, and takes place in London.

Find out more and book your place today.

1:30pm – 2:30pm: How LinkedIn can help you

Find out how LinkedIn can help you find that all important graduate job! Learn how to network, find jobs, mentors and help build contacts to develop your online profile for potential employers. This workshop will cover the full range of how LinkedIn can help you and your career!

This event is led by Chris Little (SOCS) and takes place on-campus (Room S3.02A and S3.02B).

Find out more and book your place today.

2pm – 3pm: Positive Psychology

Do What You Love, Love What You Do – The value of working from your strengths!

What energises you? What do you love to do? When do you most feel like the ‘real’ you? Answers to these questions will give you an insight into your strengths, and if you can build your work around these, work becomes a joy! Fantasy? Not if you spend time exploring your strengths and prioritising them. This session will help you explore your own strengths using ‘Strengths Profile’, a leading-edge tool used by companies around the world.

This event is led by Matthew Smith and takes place online.

Find out more and book your place today.

3pm – 5pm: 5-a-side football

Grab your mates and come for a kickabout in the Events Hall. Stay for the whole thing or pop by for as long as you like.

This event is led by SU Sport for Fun and takes place in the Events Hall at our High Wycombe campus.

Evening: Open Mic / Acoustic Night

This event is led by SU Events. If you want to perform, please contact suevents@bucks.ac.uk.

* For more information on the events hosted by the SU, please visit their What's on page.

Wednesday 23 June
10:30am – 11:45am: Interview workshop

Do you know what is important during job interviews? This workshop will help you understand the employer perspective, enhancing your chances of a quality delivery. It will be useful to any students who want to improve their performance at job interviews.

This event is led by Paul Wilcock (SOCS) and takes place on-campus (room S3.02A and S3.02B).

Find out more and book your place today.

11am – 12pm: Networking

This session will focus on networking and will cover the following: how to communicate effectively; using your social media; finding your confidence; influencing skills.

This event is led by SU Skills and takes place on-campus.

Find out more and book your place today.

10am – 2pm: Donkey Sanctuary Trip

Come and explore the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary which is a registered charity that cares for abused and ill-treated donkeys and other animals. Although we do not actively rescue other animals, those that have joined us in recent years include a sheep, some goats, chickens, geese, ducks and a pot bellied pig called Percy.

This event is led by SU Recreational Activities and takes place in Wallingford, transport is provided.

Find out more and book your place today.

12pm – 2pm: From the Heart

Write from the heart is an organisation that has been set up to combat loneliness for the elderly. You will write letters, birthday cards and stories for us to send off to elderly residents from all over the UK. 

This drop-in event is led by SU Volunteering and takes place on-campus in Beats.

3:30pm - 5:30pm: UK Music Panel

In collaboration with UK Music we are hosting a panel of ‘greatest hits’ alums from our 26-years of running degrees in the music industry. Alumni include Lara Baker (Head of Business Development at Songtrust and recently names as one of Billboard’s International Power Players, Dhanny Joshi (Managing Director at Big Deal Films), Shikayla Nadine (Radio Show Host at Tribe Urban Radio and Artist Manager) and Olly Sheppard (VP Creative Sync Licensing and Soundtracks, Artist Partner and Artist Publishing).

This online event is hosted by Paul Fields.

Find out more and book your place today.

2pm – 3:30pm: A panel session with EY.

Join our upcoming webinar: A panel session with EY. You’ll get to hear from current EY employees, find out more about their career journey and ask them your questions. Amongst others, panellists will include Bucks alumni Suraj Mashru. Suraj is now EY Global Media Relations and Social Media Assistant Director!  We will also cover more information about EY, our graduate career opportunities, and our updated application process.

This event is led by SOCS and takes place online.

Find out more and book your place today.

3pm – 5pm: Badminton

Come along and play some Badminton, equipment is provided. 

This drop-in event is led by SU Sport for Fun and takes place in the Events Hall on our High Wycombe campus.

Evening: Frat House returns

Welcome Frat House back after over a year of no club nights! Expect resident DJ One F playing all the latest club tracks, in the American themed weekly club night.

Our new Lounge bar and Beer garden will also be open for those that need a break from the dance floor!

All students and staff gain free entry with Bucks ID card – just show up and show to our door staff.

This event is led by SU Events.

* For more information on the events hosted by the SU, please visit their What's on page.

Thursday 24 June
11am – 3pm: T-shirt Design Course

A great opportunity to showcase your creativity by designing and printing onto a T’ shirt in a 1-day workshop in the Red Shed Floor. In the morning session you will develop your unique art piece using both traditional and digital skills, to design a T’ shirt that combines both sewing techniques with print and paint.  The afternoon session these ideas will be realised on your T shirt which you can take away with you.

No prior experience in the Red Shed is required so this session is open to all students.  All materials will be provided free of charge.

Maximum group size 25.

This event takes place on-campus, in the Red Shed (floor 2).

Find out more and book your place today.

11am – 3pm: Sustainable Pads Workshop

Join Jade in the lounge of the High Wycombe Campus on the 24th June to make Reusable pads! These will be sent off to a charity we have partnered up with to help those in need of sanitary products! 

This drop-in event is led by SU Volunteering and takes place on-campus at The Lounge.

12pm – 1pm: Launch your career with Enterprise Rent-a-car

Fast track careers in General Management are what we do best! Please come and meet the employer who has been named in The Times 100 Graduate Employer list as well as the Top 50 Employer for Women, Social Mobility Index Top 75 and Stonewall Top 100 and find out why Enterprise Rent A Car is a great place to launch a career.   Paul Hanrahan, Talent Acquisition Specialist, will be hosting this virtual session, where he will introduce Enterprise Rent A Car, it's growth and culture and showcasing the Graduate and Placement opportunities on offer, as well as providing top tips on how to stand out and make your application successful.

This event is led by SOCS and takes place online.

Find out more and book your place today.

12pm – 1pm: Rush Trampoline Park

If you’ve never been to an indoor trampoline park, you’re in for a treat. Rush has over 30,000 square feet of adventure, excitement and challenges. Perfect for all ages, wall-to-wall, interconnected trampolines will get your heart pumping and your face smiling. 

We have booked a 60-minute slot to enjoy and open jump session. Your socks are included in this! 

This event is led by SU Recreational Activities and takes place at Rush, High Wycombe.

Find out more and book your place today.

1:30pm – 3pm: Surviving Assessment Centres!

Surviving Assessment Centres! Find out what to expect from the full range of activities that candidates can expect from selectors on the day! Psychometric tests, personality tests, various exercises and interview techniques. This session will cover the full range of activities that employers can use to recruit potential candidates for graduate jobs.

This event in led by Chris Little (SOCS) and takes place on-campus (room S3.02A and S3.02B).

Find out more and book your place today.

2pm – 3pm: Mindfulness workshop

Join Danie Woodbridge, our Inclusion, Diversity, & Disability Manager, who has been running mindfulness sessions for around 10 years and says:

“Mindfulness is for everyone and you don’t need any special training or equipment to do it – you can do it in the queue at the supermarket if you like!” … “In my personal journey, I found mindfulness has helped massively with my own anxiety, and over time becomes something you just do. It’s not about clearing the mind, but just understanding the mind better, feeling more in control of your life, and is closely linked to self-care, self-awareness, and gratitude”.

To get the best from the session, it is advisable to be seated in a warm, comfortable place with little to no distraction.

This event is led by Danie Woodbridge and takes place online.

Find out more and book your place today.

3pm – 5pm: Basketball

Shoot some hoops with your mates. This drop-in event is led by SU Sport for Fun and takes place in the Events Halls on our High Wycombe campus.

Evening: Pizza and cocktails

After the success of our recent socially distanced cocktail nights, this is the chance to experience a Venue without any COVID restrictions. Homemade pizzas & cocktails by the jug – we welcome everyone, student or not to socialise in our refreshed Lounge Bar & Beer Garden.

Students & staff free entry with Bucks ID, members of the public and local community are also welcome.

This on-campus event takes place in the SU and is led by SU Events.

* For more information on the events hosted by the SU, please visit their What's on page.

Friday 25 June
11am – 12pm: Time Management

Do you sometimes feel like there is not enough time in the day to get everything done? Do you want advice on how to manage this? Then this is the course for you!

This event is led by SU Skills and takes place on-campus.

Find out more and book your place today.

11am – 12pm: LinkedIn workshop

What you will learn during the workshop?

  • Getting setup on MyBucksCareers
  • The benefits of LinkedIn (not just an online CV!)
  • Getting your LinkedIn profile into shape
  • How to get attention from recruiters
  • How to keep active on LinkedIn
  • How to make connections, start conversations, build relationships
  • How to find (and create!) job or work experience opportunities
  • Getting your CV at the top of the pile when applying for jobs

This event is led by Jon Jackson and takes place both online and on-campus (room S3.02A and S3.02B)

Find out more and book your place today.

12pm – 1pm: Lagoona Park

Inflatable slides, obstacles, climbing walls all await you on the lake and once again we have added a few more new pieces of equipment to make this one of the largest aqua park’s in the world making your experience even more fun.

This session guarantees you entry to a 12.00 pm 50-minute Aqua Park session and afterwards enjoy the views and the food!

This event is led by SU Recreational Activities and takes place at Lagoona Park, Reading.

Find out more and book your place today.

1:30pm – 3:30pm: Making dog toys

Volunteer your time by making dog toys for our local pet shelters. This is an opportunity that has never been done before so why not come along and give it a go! 

This drop-in event is led by SU Volunteering and takes place on-campus in Beats.

3pm – 5pm: Volleyball

Try your hand at Volleyball anytime between 3-5pm. This drop-in event is led by SU Sport for Fun and takes place in the Events Hall at our High Wycombe campus.

Evening: Starting your research career

This event takes place online and is led by Florin Loras and/or Nick Braisby.

Find out more and book your place today.

Evening: SOAP (out of the) House party

First SOAP back with no social distance restrictions! Expect big themes, guest headline DJs and a night to remember!

Students & staff free entry with Bucks ID, members of the public and local community are also welcome by paying on the door (£5)

This event is led by SU Events and takes place on-campus.

* For more information on the events hosted by the SU, please visit their What's on page.

Saturday 26 June
Evening: Ramblin’ Roots Revue

Treetop flyers, Paul McClure & Hannah Rose Platt perform live in our first standing gig since COVID began. For fans of americana and alt country. This event is led by SU Events.

Students can attend for free by emailing suevents@bucks.ac.uk or turning up on the night and showing their Bucks ID.

Members of the public can purchase tickets for £15 here.

 

Sunday 27 June
Evening: Speed Quizzing

Our regular Sunday night quiz, just bring a team and a smart phone to be in for a £100 prize! Free for students with Bucks ID card.

 

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