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University of Buckingham

Buckingham is unique. It is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter, and probably the smallest with around 2,700 students (approx 1,600 on campus). Honours degrees are achieved in two intensive years of study. We keep class sizes small, with a student:academic staff ratio of 10.4:1 and the Oxbridge style tutorial groups are often personalised and always exhilarating.

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About

History

The University College at Buckingham (UCB) was incorporated, in the form of a non-profit making company registered as an educational charity. The then Council of Management held its first formal meeting on 3 April 1973, with its foundation stone laid in May 1974. UCB was formally opened in February 1976 by the Rt. Hon. Mrs Margaret Thatcher, MP, as former Secretary of State for Education.

Education

  • Undergraduate - You can get your undergraduate degree in two years instead of the usual three! We pioneered the accelerated degree, and have been offering two-year degrees for over 40 years.
  • Postgraduate - taught and research degree
Schools of study
  • Business School
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law School  
  • School of Science
  • Medical School
  • School of Education

Research

The University of Buckingham is home not only to some of the most well-known research-active academics in their fields, but also to dozens of keen research students reading for postgraduate degrees in their specialist areas.

From molecular and genetic research into diabetes, to the psychological importance of music and the effects of government proposals on state and independent education, research underpins the lives of many of our academics here at the University. We have specialist research groups set up in different fields, as well as independent research published by solo academics following their own interests. 

Career

Our graduates have gone on to further study at most of the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, London, Oxford and Cambridge and secured jobs in senior positions around the world. Among our alumni we have a graduate who became the head of his country’s civil service and one who became a leading Formula One motor-racing driver. Another secured a position as the Minister of Sabah and one female law graduate became the first British lawyer to become a French Advocate.

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.

Services

Housing services

  • 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.
  • 3 campuses
  • Televisions, Internet Access and Mail

Library services

The Hunter Street & Franciscan Libraries

Library Services
  • Borrowing
  • Opening hours
  • External Readers
  • Inter-Library Loans

ICT services

  • The IT Services department provides, maintains and supports the University’s IT facilities and infrastructure.
  • The Helpdesk is the first point of contact for all requests and queries related to the University’s IT facilities.  
  • Wireless Internet is available in teaching areas, and all University accommodation.

Medical services

The University medical advisors are the Swan Practice, in Buckingham. They hold daily appointments in Student Welfare from 10.30am – 12.00pm Monday to Friday during term time. Appointments are available off-campus in Buckingham outside these hours.

Student Life

Campus life

  • The Hunter Street Campus is the central University site. This is where the main reception is based, as well as most administrative offices such as Student Fees, Accommodation and IT Services. The Hunter Street Library is situated on this site.
  • The Moreton Road Campus is the newest Campus, consisting of houses and flats on a residential housing estate. It is a 25 minute walk away from the Verney Park and Hunter Street Campuses, although the University offers a free mini-bus service during the week days.
  • The Verney Park Campus is situated just off the London Road. It is a 15 minute walk from the Hunter Street Campus. The Franciscan Library is based on this site.

Sports facilities

  • fully-equipped gym
  • floodlit training area
  • sports pavilion 
  • all-weather pitch for all-year-round activities.

Student clubs

A wide range of student societies is affiliated to the SU. On the academic side, this includes the Law Society which invites prominent speakers to lecture on a regular basis and organises trips and events of interest to its members.

  • Cultural
  • Interest
  • Religious
  • Subject-related
  • Sports
  • Medical

Buckingham, England, United Kingdom

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