BUCKS has enjoyed a long and successful history since 1891, as the School of Science and Art. It has had a rich relationship with the regions furniture manufacturing heritage that saw High Wycombe prosper throughout the 20th century with firms reaching international status, such as Ercol and G-Plan.

The industry relied upon the University to provide education for its employees as well as its staff actively engaging in designs for production resulting in some successful lines. Within the school of Art and Design Bucks has a strong reputation for furniture design in the UK as well as having significant provision in the decorative and fine arts.

The Masters programme in art and design practice combines disciplines and sees interdisciplinary projects evolving from idea to production. This includes textiles, graphics, furniture, ceramics, glass and fine arts. Student’s work is exhibited nationally and internationally with staff also having internationally significant profiles. This has been endorsed by the recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) that assessed Bucks staff in Art and Design as achieving 56% of its outputs as World Class or Internationally Excellent. The research environment at Bucks for art and design is recognised as being 60% Internationally Excellent, whilst the impact of the art and design research was scored as 80% World Class or Internationally Excellent.

Bucks currently offers education to over 9,000 students studying on a range of courses linked to the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. A vision at Bucks is to be a leading professional and creative influence, shaping higher education for the benefit of people and employers. Within a caring and supportive environment, it delivers scholarship, as well as focused applied research and professional practice. Bucks has 981 employees, of which 560 are female and 421 are male. There are two faculties: Design Media and Management which has 360 academic staff and Society and Health which has 235 academic staff.

Bucks has experience in Knowledge Exchange and dissemination expertise as well as achieving significant impact for its funded work. This organisation will represent a valuable and reliable partner/leader in the project. The transfer of knowledge and expertise will be internationally excellent achieving high levels of dissemination and impact.