In 1973, the University of Buckingham (UB) began taking steps to become the first public university in the United Kingdom. Then-Education Secretary Margaret Thatcher established it as a university college and a decade later, she played a key role as Britain’s Prime Minister to elevate it to full university status. Her connection to the school continued after she left office, when she served for six years as UB’s chancellor beginning in 1992.
In addition to Thatcher’s imprint, the school also is the lone public university to have a royal charter. In an effort to establish the independence of the school’s overriding philosophy, the approach when it comes to instruction is to offer a libertarian approach. The Institute of Economic Affairs heavily influenced that attitude.
The curriculum of UB is focused in five different areas, each of them having their own school. These include Arts and Languages, Business, Humanities, Law, along with Science and Medicine. With respect to medical instruction, the school has had some connection to alternative medicine, though there’s no official link to avoid any lingering controversy.