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University is shortlisted for two awards
Buckinghamshire New University has been shortlisted for two Times Higher Education Awards. Organised by the higher education information magazine, Times Higher Education, the awards recognise outstanding achievement in 18 specific areas.

The University has been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year’ category for its innovative webTV platform, Bucks Television. Launched in July 2008, the site was the first of its kind at a UK university, and has had over 1million views to just one of its videos. The shortlisting follows an award win for Bucks Television earlier in 2009; the University took the gold award in the digital media category of the Heist Awards for Education Marketing, described by host, Jeremy Vine, as the “Oscars of education ”. Other contenders for the Times Higher Education Award include the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Cardiff University.

Bucks New University has also been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Support for Students’ category, for its unique student support package, the Big D£al. Developed jointly by Bucks New University and Bucks Students’ Union, the Big D£al offers a non-means-tested bursary, access to free entertainment, events, recreational activities and sports, as well as provision of, for example, materials and trips that are directly related to courses and for which students might otherwise have had to pay.

The aim of the package is to ensure that every student is able to take full advantage of the university experience, without being constrained by financial concerns. Other contenders in this category include Aston University and the University of Leicester.

This year’s Times Higher Education Awards attracted 600 entries from 137 higher education institutions. Prof Ruth Farwell, Vice Chancellor of Bucks New University, said: “Bucks Television was designed by our students to showcase our students’ work, and the Big D£al enables our students to play a full part in university life and gain the most from the university experience. We are delighted that these two initiatives have been shortlisted, as they are testament to our commitment to meeting the needs of our students.”

The judges for the Times Higher Education Awards include the Editor and Deputy Editor of Times Higher Education, the president of the National Union of Students, and representatives from a range of higher education bodies. The winners will be announced at the fifth annual awards ceremony which will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, on 15 October.