Congratulating Jay Blades MBE on his investiture as Buckinghamshire New University’s inaugural Chancellor.
Famous for his role on BBC’s The Repair Shop, Jay Blades MBE has been instrumental in breaking down barriers in education and reframing a career in furniture restoration. Having left school at 15 with no qualifications, he returned to university as an adult, studying for a degree in criminology and philosophy at Buckinghamshire New University (BNU), where his dyslexia was identified and supported with tailored digital learning.
He has since received MBE for his Services to Craft, given back to communities across the UK and become an ambassador for The Prince’s Foundation and Heritage Crafts. This year he has also been named the first ever Chancellor of BNU and received an Honorary Doctorate for his community work supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and his significant contribution to furniture-making and crafts.
Jay’s journey and approach to learning is reflected in the way leading institutions like BNU are designing their education programmes and environments going forwards, seeking to be more dynamic and suited to different ways of learning.
Maris has been proud to work alongside them in that endeavour. For example, we recently developed mock hospital wards for the university, in a highly specialised design process, resulting in a space that’s as close to a real medical environment as possible. The goal is to provide a truly vocational approach to education, giving students a tangible platform on which to build their careers and learn in a way that suits them.
Congratulations to Jay and the team at BNU!
Take a look at the learning environment we designed for BNU and their students