Tutorial and small group teaching

High ratio of staff to students

Teaching in small groups is a hallmark of the University of Buckingham offer. When you are stretching your learning boundaries, you’ll find it helpful to have regular access to the academic experts in your field and this isn’t always available at larger universities. We think you need regular and meaningful interaction with the academics who are leading your studies and, as they get to know you, they are able to give you very personal feedback and guidance.

Buckingham is small and friendly with around 2,700 students (approx 1,600 on campus) – rather unusual in a country where the average number of students in a university is over 11,000. We have one member of staff for every 10 students, whereas the UK university average is one member of staff to every 16 students (source: The Complete University Guide 2018).

This ratio ensures that a high and continuous level of support is maintained, from an academic to a pastoral point of view. It allows a degree of interaction between staff and students rarely found in other universities.

Our student:staff ratio and traditional Oxbridge-style teaching in small groups of around six means that teachers and staff will get to know you as an individual. You won’t get lost in a lecture class of 300 students, nor will you be 50th in line for borrowing a particular book from the library.

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