Established in 1983, Buckingham is the oldest of the country’s private universities. Instrumental to its inception was Margaret Thatcher, who as education secretary oversaw the creation of the college in 1973. On retiring from politics in 1992, Lady Thatcher became the university’s second chancellor until 1998. Around 1,300 students on campus are taught in small classes and Oxbridge style tutorials. The campus sits on the Great Ouse river, and much of the teaching takes place in restored buildings, including a former friary, milk factory and military barracks. The University of Buckingham has come top for the third year running for teaching quality in The Times Good University Guide 2018.
University of Buckingham