Apprenticeship levy examined at University Campus Aylesbury Vale Breakfast Briefing


Aylesbury College’s Executive Director of Employer Engagement & Business Development will speak about government apprenticeship reforms at the next Breakfast Briefing event at University Campus Aylesbury Vale on Friday 25 November.

The event, the first in a series of Breakfast Briefings, takes place from 8am-10am at the campus in Walton Road, Aylesbury, and Tim Keighley will speak about the ramifications for businesses of the changes coming into force from April.

He will outline how Aylesbury College and partners, Buckinghamshire New University and Amersham & Wycombe College, supported by Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF), will support employers with the reforms.

Ian Harper, Chief Executive of University Campus Aylesbury Vale, said: “With major changes to the ways apprenticeships are delivered and funded this is a great opportunity to understand how the new system can benefit Bucks’ businesses.”

University Campus Aylesbury Vale is a partnership between Bucks New University and Aylesbury College and the breakfast event includes refreshments and networking opportunities.

A further Breakfast Briefing on cyber security in a modern technological world takes place from 8am-10am on Friday 27 January, focusing on how ensure the safe and secure use of computers and mobile devices.

To register attendance for the 25 November event please complete the online booking form.

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Students hail range of possibilities at University Campus Aylesbury Vale


Students studying to become an assistant practitioner and taking a Foundation Degree, Assistant Practitioner at University Campus Aylesbury Vale have a range of reasons for taking up the course, including easy access, professional surroundings and outstanding facilities.

The programme is designed to enable practitioners in community health, education and social care to meet their continuing professional development needs and develop expertise in their specific professional practice.

University Campus Aylesbury Vale is a partnership between Aylesbury College and Buckinghamshire New University and the two-year course is offered in Aylesbury and at the University’s campus in Uxbridge, giving flexibility to students.

The Campus has opened its doors to its second intake of students, with more than 200 students joining over 100 returning for their second year.

Claire Dowd is a healthcare assistant at Harefield Hospital in Middlesex and said University Campus Aylesbury Vale met her needs perfectly as she lives in nearby Wendover, meaning a short journey to and from her studies.

Claire said: “The biggest adjustment for me is getting used to studying in a classroom again. I tell my children to do their homework and now I’m getting used to doing mine again!

“My aim is that my course here will lead onto a position as a nurse at Harefield Hospital and I am enjoying the professional surroundings offered here. I am excited by the opportunities the course offers.”

Perceelyn Mhere is a support worker at Mencap in High Wycombe but lives in Aylesbury and can walk to the campus in 15 minutes. “This campus suits me perfectly,” said Perceelyn. “The facilities are good and continue to improve.

“I previously completed an Access to Higher Education course with Aylesbury College and after completing this course I aim to progress to a BSc (Hons) Nursing (Adult) degree at Bucks New University.”

Another student, Marielba Pilsbury, is originally from Venezuela in South America and has a different attraction to studying at University Campus Aylesbury, undertaking a four-hour round trip from her home near Peterborough once-a-week to take the course.

She said she is ‘fascinated’ by the new building and the possibilities it offers.

Marielba said: “We are very lucky to have the opportunity to be among the first people to use this facility. It is modern, spacious and has great surroundings which are perfect to study in.”

Marielba is a maternity care assistant in Infant Feeding at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and added: “My aim is that this course will lead me on to a career in midwifery.”

Find out more about the range of options through studying a Foundation Degree, Assistant Practitioner and to find out about progression routes for further study email advice@bucks.ac.uk.

Picture caption: Students studying to become an assistant practitioner and taking a Foundation Degree, Assistant Practitioner.

New students praise University Campus Aylesbury Vale


(Left to right) Students Nina Fugslang, Rebecca Cusworth and Nikki Williams.

(Left to right) Students Nina Fugslang, Rebecca Cusworth and Nikki Williams.

New students have praised the professional surroundings and facilities at University Campus Aylesbury Vale as it completes its first year in operation.

The Campus has opened its doors to its second intake of students, with more than 200 students joining over 100 returning for their second year.

Nina Fugslang, Nikki Williams and Rebecca Cusworth are studying a one-year Level 3 Access to Higher Education qualification with Aylesbury College and said the campus was ideal for their needs.

Nina said: “I have lived in Aylesbury for three years so I have seen this campus take shape and grow and studying here I can say it is a good, professional environment in which to study.”

Nikki has come to her qualification as a mature student after previous roles including a teaching assistant and said she was already inspired to pursue further study.

She added: “I have enjoyed meeting the other students and this campus is a great place for us to settle in. Everyone on the course is over 18 so the business-oriented feel of this campus suits our needs.”

Rebecca said she had her sights set on going to university to study occupational therapy. She said: “The course itself is very interesting and it’s good to be among the first to use this bright, new campus.”

Access Coordinator, Rebecca Loak, added: “The setup of the building and the Access to Higher Education course is fully preparing our learners for higher education by empowering them to flourish and excel during their time with us.

“Learners have space at University Campus Aylesbury Vale to relax, engage in conversation, study and ultimately share their passion to learn.”

Ian Harper, Chief Executive of University Campus Aylesbury Vale, said welcoming the new students alongside the returning students and tutors had been very enjoyable.

He said: “It’s been good to see the breakout areas put to their intended use for group work, informal study and relaxation between sessions.

“The number of students we now have has created a lively atmosphere around the campus and I’m particularly pleased to see students using the campus outside their core lecture hours.

“The vision for the campus was always to create a modern, relaxed and professional study environment and feedback from our students and tutors suggests we have achieved that.”