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Buckingham is the only university independent of direct government support in the United Kingdom and has used its independence to pioneer a distinctive approach to higher education.

Buckingham sees itself existing side by side with the state-controlled universities, but it does seek to influence by its example the content and method of higher education, and to provide students with an alternative to institutions in the public sector. It now rests on firm foundations, providing traditional small-group Oxbridge-style teaching alongside the best of the new technology in a community which has the vitality of an independent enterprise. It became a registered charity on 4 May 2011, registered charity number 1141691.

Quality and Standards

Buckingham’s independent status means that 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. QAA confirmed that the University meets UK expectations for the three areas covered by that Review: the academic standards of our awards, the quality of our students’ learning opportunities, and the enhancement of our students’ learning opportunities. QAA commended as an area of good practice our small-group tutorial system and the culture of personal attention.

Read the 2012 QAA Review Report for Buckingham and the University’s Action Plan for addressing the Review Team’s recommendations.

Find out more about the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) Investigation (published in March 2015).

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