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BNU Graduate Attributes

BNU Graduate Attributes

As you embark on your academic journey at BNU, you're not just gaining knowledge in your chosen field; you're also developing a set of valuable skills and qualities that will shape your future. These are what we call "BNU graduate attributes," – they're the key to your success in the world beyond the classroom. Our focus is on the development of innovative leaders who are equipped to operate in the 21st Century labour market and make a positive impact as global citizens.

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What are BNU Graduate Attributes?

Graduate attributes are the qualities and skills that go beyond your academic achievements and will make you stand out to potential employers and sets you apart from candidates who do not have a degree.  Indeed 96% of BNU graduates are in employment, conducting further study, volunteering, travelling, or caring for others 15 months after graduating (HESA 2023).

You may well arrive with some of these attributes already in place; wherever you are on your journey of self-development we are here to support you. 

So, what exactly are our graduate attributes? There are 4 areas of focus:

Reflection, critical thinking, Investigation using a range of resources,  Digital literacy, Application of learning in different settings, Lifelong learning and Technological innovation
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Commercial awareness • Production of ideas or things • Flexibility • Innovation • Problem solving


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Communication skills • Team work • Taking responsibility •Decision making • Independence • Initiative • Collaboration • Resilience •Ability to take criticism
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Sustainability (environmental, economic and personal) • Cultural awareness •Global citizenship • Empathy • Rights and justice • Integrity Social and ethical awareness
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How are Graduate Attributes Developed at University?

There are many ways you can develop these attributes – here are a few ways:

  1. Experiencing our Opportunity modules: Based around 8 core themes we have an exciting range of opportunity modules designed to enhance your employability.
  2. Experiential Learning: Beyond reading lists and core texts, you'll have opportunities for research projects, employer case studies and placements that offer real-world experiences to develop your skills.
  3. Participating in Bucks Students’ Union: Join clubs, societies, volunteer initiatives, working for the SU or being part of the Leadership Academy can help you work on teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.
  4. Mentorship: Seek guidance from a professional mentor who can provide valuable insights and help you identify areas for improvement. 

By the time you leave university, you'll be armed with not only a degree but a powerful set of attributes that make you a well-rounded, adaptable, and attractive candidate. Your university experience is a transformational journey that will shape your future and open doors to exciting career opportunities.

Are you ready to build your future? Let's get started!