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University of Buckingham

About Buckingham

Buckingham is unique. It is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter, and probably the smallest with around 2,000 students (approx 1,300 on campus).

The University is a TEF Gold University and have been ranked by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 as:

  • 1st for Teaching Quality
  • 1st for Student-Staff Ratio
  • 1st for Student Experience

We are also proud to have been top or near top of the National Student Survey (NSS) in student satisfaction since 2006.

Teaching and learning

Our staff: student ratio is currently 1:10.4.  This ensures that classes and tutorials remain small.  Buckingham's Oxbridge-style tutorial classes will rarely have more than 8 students in them, and only a few of our lectures feature more than 30 students.  Not only do we not delegate our academic teaching to postgraduate students, but our academic faculty remain on campus throughout the working day, ensuring that students are free to seek academic support outside classroom hours. 

Our campus

The University campus is well known for being one of the most attractive locations in the region. The Great Ouse river, winds through the heart of our campus. Much of our teaching takes place in our restored buildings such as the Franciscan Building, formerly a friary, and, Chandos Road Building, a converted turn-of-the-century milk factory, while students can also enjoy the Hunter Street Library, once military barracks.

Student life

Each student mixes with over 90 different nationalities and so being at Buckingham is just like being in a mini global village. These contacts, acquaintances and friendships, carry on long after life at Buckingham is over. Our graduates find jobs all over the world, and the friendships they make here go a long way to broadening their experience and to giving them links that, possibly, no other university can do at such an intense level.

Students are required to live in or around Buckingham during term time and, unlike some universities, we are able to guarantee accommodation for all new students for their first four terms of study (providing you have booked and paid for your accommodation within the required timescale). Our safe and beautiful university is small enough for everything to be within walking distance. Study & lecture rooms, the library, computers, social facilities and accommodation are all just a short walk from each other.

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