The University of Buckingham

2015 League Table Ranking 61
2015 Overall Score 638
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Entry Standards 325 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 11.3 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 958 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.34 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 632 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 83.1 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 80.2 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 43.5 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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History

  • The University of Buckingham admitted its first students in 1976 and now has 2,017 students from over 80 different countries.
  • It is unique amongst British universities, being the only non-specialist institution receiving no state funding.
  • It offers traditional three year degrees in two years over four ten-week terms, providing small-group Oxbridge-style teaching.

Location and Transport

  • Rural setting within small market town.
  • Mid England position within easy reach of M1 and M40.
  • Set midway between Milton Keynes and Oxford with good transport links.

Entry Standards

  • Average of 300 A-level points (BBB at A level).
  • Visit the online course finder for information about entry requirements at the University of Buckingham.

Student Mix

  • Men:women 11:9.
  • 50% students from overseas.
  • Applications to places ratio 10.5:1.

Course Flexibility

  • Degree programmes may be structured as i) major/minor, ii) joint honours, iii) combined honours, and iv) single honours, offering an unusual degree of flexibility.
  • Although degree programmes are typically 2-year, 8-term programmes, some subjects, e.g. Economics, are available as a 3-year programme, with September entry.
  • Undergraduate Honours degrees are completed in two years.

Teaching Standards

  • Buckingham has come top in the UK National Student Survey (NSS) in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Research Standards

  • Significant research grants have been secured for diabetes, obesity and cancer, and research in applied computing, education policy, and law.
  • Research-generated income represented more than 10% of the university's turnover last year.

Academic Strengths

  • Small size and favourable staff:student ratio (1:10.5).
  • The university offers a high degree of personal attention to its students, both academic and personal, reflected in more contact hours and small group tutorials.

Student Facilities

  • Wireless access in all halls of residence and across the rest of the campus.
  • Newly refurbished refectory and fitness suite. Students' Union and libraries.

Disability Services

  • Visit the website for information about disability services at the University of Buckingham.
  • Telephone +44 (0)1280 820200 or email student.welfare@buckingham.ac.uk.

Students' Union

  • Students' Union Executive serves a six-month term of office with elections held in March and August.
  • Affiliated to the Students' Union are a wide range of societies, including the Law Society, Amnesty International Society, Caribbean Society, Nigerian Society, Christian Union, Islamic Society, plus many more cultural societies.
  • The Union organizes weekly events - quizzes, live music nights and themed parties. Annually they host the Graduation Ball, Rag Week and the annual Duck Race.

Sport

  • The annual Chancellor's Cup is contested between the University's Schools. There are regular team and individual competitions.
  • The University now has its own running club and a fottball team competing in the local league.
  • Classes include pilates, zumba, yoga, kick boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi and tennis.
  • Fitness Centre equipped with cv equipment, fixed resistance stations, free weights.  Open 24/7. Personal trainers available.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • The University has upgraded its two largest lecture theatres and has now embarked on upgrading the remaining teaching facilities.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The university employs students in the library on a part time basis. These opportunities will be advertised to students as and when they become available.
  • Some work may be available in the local towns.
  • The university has strong links with local recruitment agencies who regularly visit campus and will assist students in finding part-time work.

Notable Alumni

  • Robin Totterman, PEL here in 1984 – owner of Inspecs, a spectacle design and manufacturing business.
  • Arjun Oberoi, Econs 1991 – runs Oberoi Hotel Group in India with his uncle and cousin.
  • Marc Gene, Econs 1995 – F1 Test driver for Ferrari, winner of the 24 Hour Le Mans in 2009.
  • Patrick Coote, Euro Bus Management 1995 – Marketing Manager, Fraser Super Yachts, Monaco.
  • Alex Jovy, English and Euro Law with French 1995 – Film Director, Oscar nominated short film in Cannes 1998.
  • Mark Lancaster (Business Studies 1992) – MP for MK NE.
  • Chris de Lapuente, Econs 1983 – Adventurer, Global President and CEO of Sephora (part of LVMH group).
  • Sara Sutcliffe (nee Friend), Eng and Euro Law with French 1993 – British Olympic Association, Director of Legal & HR.
  • Keva Bain, Law 1993 – Office of the Attorney General, Bahamas.
  • Frederick Mitchell, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bahamas.
  • Leo Mills, former Secretary to the Cabinet of Bermuda.

 

For further information

Web
  • www.buckingham.ac.uk
Email
  • info@buckingham.ac.uk
Phone
  • +44 (0)1280 814080
Address
  • The University of Buckingham
    Hunter Street
    Buckingham
    MK18 1EG
UCAS Code B90

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