• Phil Packer

Buckinghamshire New University & BUCKS Students' Union unite to support the BRIT 2021 Challenge

We are delighted that Buckinghamshire New University and BUCKS Students' Union are embracing and championing the BRIT 2021 Challenge.

It was a pleasure to visit the university as part of the BRIT 2020 Row Britannia Challenge and our 5-month tour of UK universities and colleges between November 2019 and March 2020.


Our visit to Buckinghamshire New University was a tremendous success and we were delighted that two of our BRIT Ambassadors, Paralympic gold medallist, Naomi Riches MBE and presenter and former gymnast, Gabby Logan MBE, joined us on the day to support students and staff who were taking on the challenge.


The support from students and staff at the university has been extraordinary. We are sincerely grateful to Professor Paul Morgan, Head of School, for coordinating our visit and for strengthening our relationship with the university over the past two years.


We are also grateful to Professor Nick Braisby, Vice-Chancellor of New Buckinghamshire University, Dr Michael Hopkins, Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor, and Tamsin Grainger, President of BUCKS Students' Union.

The joint quote from Buckinghamshire New University and BUCKS Students' Union is a great example of a whole university approach to mental health and how students and staff are embracing the BRIT 2021 Challenge;


“Buckinghamshire New University was delighted to take part in BRIT’s 2020 Row Britannia Challenge. Our students and staff joined together in this inspirational event which saw the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Braisby rowing alongside our students to help raise funds for charities providing mental health support to young adults.

We were thrilled that BRIT delivered inspiration, excitement and encouragement to everyone who took part by coordinating visits from their founder, Phil Packer MBE; Paralympic Gold Medallist and Bucks alumni, Naomi Riches MBE; and presenter & former gymnast, Gabby Logan MBE.

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly compounded mental health challenges for many people. We remain committed to supporting our University community of students and staff to ensure they look after their mental health as they would their physical health.

With the uncertainty of what 2021 will bring, a feel-good fundraising event will provide an opportunity for our students and staff to come together and participate in another exciting and inclusive initiative. We’re looking forward to entering the BRIT 2021 Challenge so that Team Bucks can do their bit to raise vital funds for mental health charities.

We urge every UK university, college and students’ union to join us and help to make a difference through the BRIT 2021 Challenge.”


Professor Nick Braisby Dr Michael Hipkins Vice-Chancellor Chair of Council and Pro-Chancellor Buckinghamshire New University Buckinghamshire New University Tamsin Grainger Professor Paul Morgan President Head of School BUCKS Students’ Union Buckinghamshire New University

We wish every student and staff member at Buckinghamshire New University the very best of luck as they enter teams to take on the BRIT 2021 Challenge and raise vital funds for young adult mental health. Thank you for all your support.