A record number of students have graduated from the Department of Security and Resilience at Buckinghamshire New University, receiving their awards from the vice chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting.
Students have graduated at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Protective Security Management, Crowd Safety Management, Security Consultancy and Organisational Resilience during a ceremony held at the Wycombe Swan Theatre in High Wycombe. The ceremony also saw students studying the Buckinghamshire New University-based Business Continuity Institute’s Diploma receiving their awards.
Garry Evanson CSyP, chairman of The Security Institute and head of security at Westminster Abbey, was the Keynote Speaker at the event.
Phil Wood MBE CSyP, head of the Department of Security and Resilience, said: “As a leading figure in the UK resilience sector, and with his wide overview of industry issues, Garry was able to provide sage and strong advice and commentary to the graduating students about the importance of education, service and the need for security in a changing world. “The graduates themselves came from many disciplines and parts of the world, with students from as far afield as Canada travelling to receive their awards.”
Wood added: “Unfortunately, and as is common with the types of roles that students in the sector fulfil, many could not attend due to work and operational requirements.”
Cyber Resilience Centre in the pipeline
Buckinghamshire New University offers programmes across a range of security, continuity and resilience-related disciplines, including policing and criminology. In the coming academic year, the institution will focus on the launch of a Cyber Resilience Centre in Aylesbury as well as the continued introduction of special programmes for the Armed Services which allow serving personnel to accredit their experience and service qualifications to enter degree courses.
The majority of the courses on offer to the Armed Services can be completed remotely. Indeed, many of this year’s graduates have qualified while in full-time jobs, in some cases on active service overseas.
A number of courses are eligible for special financial support, including Government-backed Professional and Career Development Loans and help from the Career Transition Partnership, the Ministry of Defence’s official provider of Armed Forces Resettlement.
Since it was founded in 1893, Buckinghamshire New University has enjoyed a long and successful history. It now offers an extensive portfolio of courses spanning the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors and the public sector, also offering services to industry including contract research, consultancy and the opportunity to employ graduates.