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Research and Knowledge Exchange

Research and Knowledge Exchange

Buckinghamshire New University aspires to be a leading UK University in applied, practice based and translational research and related advanced scholarship in our fields of professional, creative and translational practice. Our Applied Research and Enterprise work shapes practice, informs policy, supports innovation, underpins our curriculum, catalyses entrepreneurship, enhances economic growth and enriches society.

Our latest research

Our research activities range across a number of themes, with activities conducted at local, national and international level. Buckinghamshire New University has an established track record in supporting development of innovative international educational programmes through Erasmus and projects.

Our recently launched flagship Impact Centres are testament to this endeavour. They will bring together our interdisciplinary research to focus on key themes and projects which help us innovate, collaborate and create meaningful impact on the wider society.

To find out more about our projects visit our latest research and projects page where we share the most recent work from a range of subject areas. We share our research notes publication as well as our research and impact journal which explores a diverse range of current issues. 

To learn of our past events, outputs and Knowledge Exchange visit our BNU Research, Enterprise and Impact Twitter page. Follow our account to remain up to date with current research projects.

Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) has performed well in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) with 44% of BNU research judged to be of world-leading  or internationally excellent quality. Visit our REF2021 page for further details of BNU’s REF2021 submission and impact case studies.

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Borders and Performance

Dr Jem Kelly, Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Design and Performance, presented his paper ‘Performing Virtual Borders and Acts of Intersubjectivity: interrogating Station House Opera’s telematic performance At Home in London and Gaza (2018)’ at The Royal Geographical Society’s (RGS) annual conference themed around borders, which had been postponed for a year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Higher Education digital carbon footprint

Recent studies estimate that information communication technology (ICT) in higher education (HE) is responsible for 1.4% of current global greenhouse gas emissions and predict that the sector will be responsible for 1.97% of global emissions by 2030, indicating an exponential growth in Digital Carbon Footprint.

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Handcycling performance

Handcycling is a dynamic and liberating form of Paracycling used by individuals who are unable to ride a conventional road bike or tricycle due to either a spinal cord injury or lower extremity physical impairment(s). Whilst collective understanding as to the biomechanics and physiology of handcycling continues to improve there are still several gaps in current scientific knowledge as to the determinants of handcycling performance.

Graduate School

To learn of our past events, outputs and Knowledge Exchange visit our BNU Research, Enterprise and Impact Twitter page. Follow our account to remain up to date with current research projects.

Buckinghamshire New University offers postgraduate research degrees of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Our research degrees are awarded by Staffordshire University, with research students formally enrolled at BNU as the institution responsible for supervision and support.

Our researchers and research students are supported through a variety of researcher development events. The University has been one of the first institutions to offer the Professional Academic Apprenticeship for researchers.

Find out more about our Graduate School.

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Research degrees

We offer two types of research degree, Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

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Research Archives

We have two brilliant archives which show the fantastic work of Buckinghamshire New University staff and researchers.


Research Ethics and Integrity

Researchers are responsible for following the University Research Ethics Policy and Code of Good Research Practice.

Knowledge Exchange

Our mission is to transform lives through inspiring, employment-focused education, enabling people to build a better world. Research and knowledge exchange activity enriches our inclusive, learning community. It will help us to innovate and continually improve our enquiry-based education.

Through our applied focus, BNU’s research and KE activities arise due to professional practice or educational need, with practitioners, stakeholders and service users at the heart of its development. Some of our partners include Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire NHS Healthcare Trust, West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Buckinghamshire Council, Chiltern Landscape partnership, High Wycombe Museum, Ad Astra teacher training network and the Traveller Movement.

Contact us

Research and Enterprise Development Unit 
Buckinghamshire New University 
Queen Alexandra Road 
High Wycombe 
HP11 2JZ