Uni launches £30m fundraising drive

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Students are flocking from all corners of the world to study at a new medical school.

The University of Buckingham Medical School, which will be the first independently funded, not-for-profit medical school in Britain, opens in January 2015. And more than half of the 70 places on its MBChB course have already been filled in just three months. About half the students are British and the remainder are from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

On Wednesday, the University of Buckingham Medical School Development Board met for the first time to begin its £30 million fundraising campaign to launch the school.

Chairing the development board is businessman and philanthropist Brian Kingham, a longstanding donor who supports annual scholarships within the business school and the new Kingham Entrepreneurial Scholarship.