A handover ceremony has taken place for University Campus Aylesbury Vale (UCAV), marking the completion of the construction of the building.
The campus, in Walton Street, Aylesbury, was built by Morgan Sindall plc, and is owned by Aylesbury Vale District Council and leased to Buckinghamshire Education, Skills and Training (BEST), a partnership between Bucks New University and Aylesbury College.
Professor Rebecca Bunting, Vice-Chancellor of Bucks New University, said: “We are excited to bring really important skills and development work into the Aylesbury Vale.
“University Campus Aylesbury Vale is an impressive and professional learning environment for the region’s students and businesses to enjoy.
“We will be offering courses that build new skills and offer professional development and vocational training, as well as taking learning to employers and employees. This is a proud development for Bucks New University.”
Karen Mitchell, Principal of Aylesbury College, Councillor Neil Blake, leader of Aylesbury Vale District Council, and Neil Franklin, area director at Morgan Sindall plc, were among attendees at the handover.
University Campus Aylesbury Vale is set to host its first major event, the Buckinghamshire Digital Summit, on Thursday 26 November.
Influential figures from the digital technology market will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise as well as digital solutions to digital problems at the Summit, from 12pm-5.30pm on the first floor of the campus, in Walton Street, Aylesbury.
It is organised by Buckinghamshire Business First and the Institute of Directors (IoD) Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes to help businesses see the steps they could take to capitalise on the wide spectrum of opportunities in adopting new technologies.
Ian Harper, Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Education, Skills & Training, a partnership between Buckinghamshire New University and Aylesbury College, which runs University Campus Aylesbury Vale, said: “We’re delighted that our first major event at UCAV is the Buckinghamshire Digital Summit.
“It is an appropriate venue for the conference and provides a wonderful opportunity to show the campus to Buckinghamshire Business First and IoD members and their guests.
“UCAV is home to the Cyber Resilience Centre and a range of IT and cybersecurity courses that will be directly relevant to the summit content and appropriate for many of the businesses attending.”
Several businesses based in Aylesbury Vale will be present to provide first-hand accounts of how they embraced digital technology and saw it pay off for them, whether in the form of growth or breaking into new markets.
The speakers and their subjects are:
Jacqueline de Rojas, President of techUK; Area VP (Northern Europe) Citrix – ‘The UK’s opportunity to become a digital nation of significance’;
Che Smith, Head of Advanced Technology and Business Innovation, Virgin Media Business – ‘The internet of things, developing new applications, for the benefit of the private and public sector’;
Simon Hammond, 3DSystems Europe – ‘3D Printing: An Overview of a Disruptive Technology that Affects Us All’;
Marc Dowd, Co-Founder and Director, Manage Disruption Ltd – ‘Digital Disruption’;
Nick McQuire, Vice President, Enterprise Research, CCS Insight – Digital and Mobile Innovation Creating Competitive Advantage;
Alex Minchin, Managing Director, Zest Digital – ‘The Rise Of Mobile-First’;
Philip Boyle, Deafax and Roald Dahl Museum – ‘Augmented reality application’;
Ruth Cooper, Social Media Manager, Abode2 – ‘Breaking into New Markets’.
Phil Wood, Head of the School of Management & Professional Studies at Bucks New University – Digital Security.
To book a place at the Buckinghamshire Digital Summit go to http://bit.ly/BucksDigital.