University of Buckingham

The only independent university in the United Kingdom, founded in the 1970s.

The University of Buckingham (UB) is one of three non-profit private universities and one for-profit private university in the United Kingdom, operating under a royal charter.

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.

On 27 May 1967, The Times published a letter from Dr J. W. Paulley, which said, “Is it not time to examine the possibility of creating at least one new university in this country on the pattern of those great private foundations in the USA, without whose stimulus and freedom of action the many excellent state universities in that country would be so much poorer.”

This idea was taken up by a number of people in the business and academic worlds and three London conferences followed, two in 1968 and one in early 1969. Active supporters included Max Beloff, then Gladstone Professor of Politics at Oxford and later first Principal of the University College at Buckingham, Professor Harry Ferns and Ralph Harris. Harry Ferns and Ralph Harris were both prominent members of the Institute of Economic Affairs, an organisation whose ideas have played a major role in the development of the University.

A suitable site was found in Buckingham and on 29 March 1973 the University College at Buckingham (UCB) was incorporated, in the form of a non-profit making company registered as an educational charity. The Council of Management held its first formal meeting on 3 April 1973. Lord Hailsham, the Lord Chancellor, became the first Visitor of the College and laid its foundation stone 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. It had 65 students.

Buckingham is the only private university in the United Kingdom and it was opened in the 70s when I was the Cabinet Minister in charge of Education and Science: to see it flourish and prosper has been a great joy to me.

  • School of Business
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Law
  • School of Science
  • School of Medicine
Multi-functional photocopiers / printers
Self-service copiers (including colour), including scanning / printing are provided for Library users on both sites using student uCard.
Copying from printed materials may only be carried out within the provisions of the relevant copyright legislation.

There are computers near the service desk and on the first floor in the Hunter Street Library and throughout the Franciscan Library.
Headphones may be borrowed from the Library service desk for use in the Library.

Audio-Visual Equipment
This is on the ground floor of the Hunter Street Library, near the Reference section. There is audio-visual equipment for viewing videos and DVDs and listening to CDs and audio-cassettes.

Library study areas
Quiet areas are provided throughout the Library for private study. In addition, there are areas where students can work in groups, or use their own portable computers. Group study areas are located on the ground floor of both sites.

Wireless Internet Access ( WIA )
The University has Wireless Internet Access. This means that you can access the Internet from your own laptop computers when you are in the Library.