University of Buckingham
The University of Buckingham was founded in 1976 and 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. The university keep class sizes small, with a student to academic staff ratio of 10.4:1 and the Oxbridge style tutorial groups are often personalised and always exhilarating.
Buckingham 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 its campus. Much of the teaching takes place in university?s 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 over 100 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. University 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.
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