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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 1000 students. Honours degrees are achieved in two intensive years of study. We keep class sizes small, with a student:academic staff ratio of 10.5:1 and the Oxbridge style tutorial groups are often personalised and always exhilarating. The University campus is well known for being one of the most attractive locations in the region. The Great Ouse river, home to much wildlife, 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. Each student mixes with 89 other 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.

Buckingham is small and friendly and, with a student:staff ratio of 10.5:1, staff will get to know you as an individual. Oxbridge-style teaching, in small seminar groups and tutorials, is the common method of teaching at Buckingham. ### If you want to learn more about the style of teaching generally used in the UK and tips on how to study effectively, UKCISA (external link) have a guide especially written for the international student called “Study Methods Used in the UK”. ### Because of Buckingham’s independent status, we are not subject to compulsory government inspection. However, we are very aware of the importance of external scrutiny to our continuing academic reputation and want to confirm to students and their parents that standards at Buckingham are amongst the highest in the UK. We therefore joined the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) in 2001. ### The University underwent an Institutional Review by the QAA in August 2012. We are pleased to confirm that the University meets UK expectations for the three areas covered in that Review: the standards of our awards, the quality of our students’ learning opportunities, and the enhancement of our students’ learning opportunities.

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