Ian Harper, Chief Executive of University Campus Aylesbury Vale, speaks about what’s to come at the start of a new academic year.
“Term has started at University Campus Aylesbury Vale and we have welcomed returning students and many new students on our courses.
The 2017-18 academic year promises to be a busy one as not only have we enrolled more students than last year but we also have a number of large events to host.
Visitors will also see an exciting Digital Innovation Hub take shape to support business innovation and growth in Bucks thanks to £1.3 million funding from Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP).
It will transform vacant spaces into business incubation space for start-up and growing businesses in the digital sector. There is substantial internal construction work to be done to ensure the spaces are attractive and work well alongside our teaching and learning activities.
Other elements of the project will see computer-aided design (CAD) and virtual reality equipment installed to improve our engineering degree programme. The Vale’s young people will also have a chance to try the technology out for themselves so watch this space to find out how! In addition, the funding will also help us improve our cyber security provision which, in turn, will enhance the curriculum of one of our newest programmes, a degree apprenticeship in IT.
Degree apprenticeships loom large in the future of University Campus Aylesbury Vale, with Bucks New University and Aylesbury College’s Apprenticeship Hub now located at the Campus. Communications with employers and apprentices will be coordinated from here and many of the higher and degree apprenticeships offered by the College and University will have elements taught in the building.
This month, all of the College’s level three students will also visit us for workshops and presentations on the higher-level options at the campus, UCAS applications, student finance and student life. They will also visit Bucks New University’s main campus in High Wycombe for subject-specific talks and workshop tours.
It all adds up to a very busy start to 2017-18. Keep an eye on the various social media channels to keep up to date on these projects as they unfold.”