BUCKINGHAM UNIVERSITY

I am now a fellow of the Humanities Research Institute at Buckingham University, which has given me the opportunity to teach a philosophy MA by thesis, the details of which can be found here.

Buckingham is a unique institution, probably the least politically correct university in Europe, and one that is organized more or less entirely on business principles, paying people like me according to their success in attracting students. Its Chancellor, Lady Keswick, and Vice-Chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, have both distinguished themselves in other careers, the first in politics, the second as Head Master of Wellington College. Founded by Margaret Thatcher, Buckingham was at first more a business school than a fully developed university. Now it has a growing and successful humanities faculty, and takes advantage of the Charter which some neglectful bureaucrat allowed it to obtain in order to validate degrees at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is expanding its presence in London, with the use of a building in Gower Street and the possibility of obtaining a permanent home in the centre, within mortar range of the BBC. My own course takes place in a private dining room at a London Club, where the students can enjoy discussion and wine over dinner, supplemented by private tutorials leading to a written thesis on a topic agreed between us. This return to civilised teaching, of people who are really interested in learning, has been a refreshing experience for me, and the success of the first year has encouraged me to offer the course again for the year to come.

Similar MA courses, taught in London, are available, in the following subjects and the Fellows of the Humanities Research Institute are listed here, including many well-known names. Voted University of the year for Teaching Quality by The Times & The Sunday Times, and enjoying a growing reputation among leftist professor paralytic with fury over its existence Buckingham is setting the agenda for higher education in a society that would otherwise be very soon without one.

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Latest Articles

Books of the Year 2016

Fools Frauds and Firebrands and The Ring of Truth have both been selected in The Guardian Best Books of 2016.  In late November, in part one, John Banville chose Fools Frauds...

What's the point of education? - Spectator Life Nov 16

Why does the state take an interest in education? The prevailing view, at least since the end of the last war, has been that the state takes an interest in...

'The Trump Card' BBC Radio 4 13 Nov 16

Roger Scruton assesses some of the reasons behind Donald Trump's victory. Listen back to the Point of View via the BBC iPlayer.  

National borders are the only sure guardians of democracy. The EU ignores them at its peril. The Telegraph - Nov 16

European civilisation has been steadily replacing religion with territory as the source of political unity. The process began in the 17th century, as the call for popular sovereignty and national...

Recent Books

The Ring of Truth

The Ring of Truth

Penguin Books (June 2016) Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times, and has fascinated both critics and devotees for...

Conversations with Roger Scruton

Conversations with Roger Scruton

(May 2016) This book reveals what life was like for Roger Scruton growing up in High Wycombe, how he survived Cambridge and how he came to hold his conservative outlook.

Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Fools Frauds & Firebrands

Bloomsbury (Oct 2015) The thinkers who have been most influential on the attitudes of the New Left are examined in this study by one of the leading critics of leftist...

2016 Events

15 Dec- Buckingham Philosophy Group

7 Dec - Buckingham Philosophy Group

2017 Events

12 Jan - Buckingham Philosophy Group

10 Feb - North Cotswold Hunt Dinner

20 Feb - Social Context of Law Lecture, Inner Temple

27 Feb- Hoover Institute Dinner

28 Feb - The Second Annual Russell Kirk Lecture at Villanova University

6 March - The Ring, Talk at The Travellers Club

9 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Ray Tallis

13 March - British Academy Talk

20 March - Social Context of Law Lecture, Inner Temple

21 March - 'Faith and Reason' Christ Church, Oxford

30 March - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Simon Blackburn

3 April - James Madison Programme, Princeton University

4 April - US publication of Confessions of a Heretic

5 April - Collegium Institute and University of Pennsylvania

6 April - Utah

3 May - Buckingham Philosophy Group with Sebastian Gardner

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