The University of Buckingham is one of Britain’s first independent universities: a home for original, aspiring students. The university is proudly independent and committed to the pursuit of truth and freedom of speech.
Since its inception more than 40 years ago, the University is renowned for being innovative and entrepreneurial, consistently influencing the course of mainstream Higher Education in the UK.
It was the first to charge fees; welcome international students; launch a two-year degree course; embrace the free market in higher education and open an independent medical school.
The University is based in Buckingham on a beautiful riverside campus, and is within easy reach of London, less than an hour from Oxford, and close to the M1 and M40. Milton Keynes central station is just 20 minutes’ drive away.
The University Campus is well-known for being one of the most attractive locations in the region, with much teaching taking place in restored buildings such as the Franciscan Building.
The stunning university is small enough for everything to be within walking distance. Study and lecture rooms, the library, computers, social facilities and accommodation are all just a short walk from each other.
Offering undergraduate courses in Medicine and Health, Psychology, Law, Business, Computing, Humanities and Social Sciences. The two-year degree also allows students to save time and money, whilst permitting students to even stay on and study a masters, finishing them both in just three years.
Established via a Royal Charter, the University’s Oxbridge-style tutorials ensure that class sizes are kept small so every student can thrive there. Students are at the heart of the model at Buckingham and the quality of teaching is what makes them distinct.
Students can develop their ideas and passions in a truly supportive environment at Buckingham. The academic open-door policy ensures that students can access their lecturers at a time that works for them, and smaller class sizes mean that every student can get the attention they need to succeed In their studies.
As a result of its size and approach to teaching, it has achieved the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Standard in 2017. It also came 1st for teaching quality, for the third year running, in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The university ranked 1st for student satisfaction for three years running according to the Complete University Guide 2017-2019. In 2019, the Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide ranked it 8th for Teaching Quality and Student Experience. In the 2019 Guardian University Guide, 6 subjects ranked in the top 20.
As a non-profit organisation, 100 per cent of University tuition fees are reinvested in creating a five-star educational experience.
A £2 million Local Growth Fund grant has been awarded by the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to the University of Buckingham for the establishment of a Centre for Computing and AI. Four new courses will be on offer, including new undergraduate and masters programmes in AI, Cyber Security, Immersive Technologies and Data Science. The pioneering institution will include a Doctoral Training Centre, specialised labs for augmented and virtual reality, along with an Innovation Hub for both students and businesses.
The project could produce 10 new teaching positions, indirectly generating up to 100 new high-value jobs, and train 75 AI Data Science Specialists per year. In addition, the development of new buildings will mean that popular courses can increase their intake of undergraduates from 100 to 300 per year, nurturing the next generation of spin-off companies and development of innovative technologies. The scheme aims to inspire exploration and research for students and local tech businesses, encouraging graduates to use the Innovation Hub to start their own enterprises.
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“We are enormously grateful to the Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership for this extremely generous grant for the Centre of AI. The University is committed to taking a leading role in training the next generation of leaders in these sciences, supporting the UK to realise its industrial ambitions.”
Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham
The Medical School, as part of the University of Buckingham, follows their ethos to produce ethical, honest and compassionate doctors that put patients first. The curriculum has been refined over 20 years to provide an optimum learning experience and syllabus, offering a condensed 4.5 year MB ChB programme.
The university revived an old building to create a new lecture theatre, seminar rooms, anatomy, clinical skills area, study rooms and academic offices. The new medical school received General Medical Council (GMC) accreditation in 2019.