The University of Buckingham, which this year joined forced with Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to launch the UK’s first independent Medical School, has been awarded the ultimate accolade - University of the Year for Teaching Quality - by the Times and Sunday Times University Guide.
This comes hot on the heels of Buckingham coming top in the country for having the most satisfied students, according to the annual National Student Survey (NSS), and this is the sixth time the University has topped the survey in the last decade.
The University, which has jumped ten places to 38 in the rankings, and is now in the top third for overall quality, is one of just six UK Universities being awarded in different categories in this year’s Times and Sunday Times University Guide, which comes out on Sunday.
Sir Anthony Seldon, the new Vice Chancellor, said: “This is an outstanding achievement for one of the country’s smallest universities. We treat our students as individuals and have an open door policy when it comes to seeing lecturers and seeking any sort of help.
“Buckingham is known for its Oxbridge-style tutorials, which our students tell us make study both enjoyable and rewarding. Our staff:student ratio, one of the best in the country, means that lecturers get to know students very well and can help them with finding a job as well as studying. Therefore it’s not surprising we top the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) poll for graduate employability, ahead of Oxford and Cambridge. This is no doubt helped by our two-year undergraduate degrees being looked upon very favourably by employers.
“We are extremely fortunate to have such wonderful students at Buckingham – they make the job of lecturing a pleasure rather than a chore and their enthusiasm and drive help to make Buckingham one of the happiest and most successful universities in the country.”