The University of Buckingham is the only university independent of direct government support in the UK, and most likely the smallest, with around 3,000 students from 64 countries. However, the University is forward-looking – with the help of Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership, it is planning to expand over the next ten years to achieve a student population of 5,000.
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 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.
Pioneering Excellence in Teaching
Honours degrees are achieved in two intensive years of study, based on Oxbridge-style tutorial groups, with Master’s degree programmes completed in one year. A wide range of subjects are taught, including accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, languages, marketing, medicine and politics.
As a result of its size and approach to teaching, it has achieved the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Standard in 2017.It also came top for teaching quality, for the third year running, in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.