Uni wins praise for support of armed forces

Buckinghamshire New University award
Buckinghamshire New University award

A university has won national recognition for its development of education for the armed forces.

Buckinghamshire New University, which has a campus in Aylesbury, has received the Silver Award under the government’s Employment Recognition Scheme for support to the armed services.

The awards, signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff, aim to encourage employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.

Wayne Palmer, senior lecturer in military and computing, accepted the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, on behalf of Bucks New University in a presentation ceremony on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth.

Personnel from the RAF and Royal Navy study BA (Hons) organisational capability development in a partnership with the university, with the first cohort set to graduate in September.

Mr Palmer said: “It is fantastic that our work with the armed forces has been recognised by this prestigious award.

“The organisational capability development course that we have developed especially for the RAF and Royal Navy has been highly successful.

“However, we must not forget the plethora of other courses that attract the armed forces.

“Bucks New University is building a reputation as a significant provider of higher education to the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force.”

Phillip Wood, head of school, management and professional studies, added: “Although this award recognises the university’s commitment to supporting its former and reservist employees and the wider defence community, it also reflects our mission to be a provider of choice for those within or due to leave HM Armed Forces in their search for qualifications that match their skills and planned careers.”

Buckinghamshire New University was founded in 1891 and offers industry-focused degree programmes and professional qualifications across the creative and cultural industries, management and information management sectors, and the public sector.