University of Buckingham

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The University of Buckingham is the UK's only private University. It is very small and right-wing, though the Vice-Chancellor, Terence Kealey, prefers the label libertarian. The idea for the university germinated at the Institute of Economic Affairs, and it was founded in 1973 with the support of Harry Ferns and Ralph Harris. Its links with the IEA continue to this day, through publications, conferences, and shared staff members (Julian Morris and Dennis O'Keeffe).

During 2002, the University was in the process of starting up a new think tank, the Centre for the Study of Liberty, for which it recruited several new members of staff - most notably Roger Scruton, Anthony O'Hear, Dennis O'Keeffe, and Chris Woodhead. Indications are that this think tank will be directed at promoting ideas regarding the liberalisation/privatisation of the British education system. [21]

Margaret Thatcher is a notable and vocal supporter of the University, having formally opening it in 1976, and having been its Chancellor from 1992 until 1998. The awards day at the University is called Thatcher Day. In November 2000, Margaret Thatcher's husband, Denis, was awarded an honorary degree by the university for being an "English gentleman" [22]

Karol Sikora is dean of their medical school.

Selected departments / staff


Economics and International Studies


  • Ross McKitrick was Visiting Professor of Economics in 2009 ("will be completing a textbook on environmental economics and policy for the University of Toronto Press.")[1]




Honourary Degrees

Contact details

Hunter Street
MK18 1EG
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1280 814080
Fax: +44 (0)1280 822245
Email: info AT

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