New British university colleges were set up in Swansea, Leicester, Exeter and Hull.
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In 1983, it became the UK's first private British university after being granted a royal charter as the University of Buckingham.
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Higher education is a devolved power, so the rules for degree awarding powers and British university title differ between the four countries of the United Kingdom.
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Chancellorship of a British university is a ceremonial position held by a prominent public figure.
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In Buckland v Bournemouth University, where the British university management interfered with academic assessment of student grades, this founded a right for a professor to claim he was constructively and unfairly dismissed.
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Newcastle University is the only English British university to be purely a statutory corporation, and the only "old" British university not incorporated by royal charter, having been created by the Universities of Durham and Newcastle upon Tyne Act 1963.
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One of the earliest attempts to categorise British university universities was by George Edwin Maclean in a 1917 report for the US Department of the Interior.
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Whyte, in his history of Redbrick universities, considers Durham, along with St David's College, Lampeter as a religiously-exclusive, residential, British university institution, following the Oxbridge pattern and separated from the development of the redbrick universities and from the London colleges.
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Around half of British university universities had one or more courses that require an entrance examination as of 2012 in addition to secondary school qualifications.
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The introduction of British university fees paid by students from 2006 onwards has led many English and Welsh students to apply to institutions closer to their family's homes to reduce the additional costs of moving and living farther away.
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In common with practice worldwide, graduates of universities in the United Kingdom often place not only their academic qualifications but the names of the universities that awarded them after their name, the British university typically being placed in parentheses, thus: John Smith, Esq, BSc, or John Smith BSc Sheffield.
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Some older British university universities are regularly denoted by an abbreviation of their Latin name.
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The QAA certifies that British university degrees meet the level descriptors for the Bologna process, with the caveat that initial medical degrees are at master's level but retain the name of bachelor's degrees for historical reasons and that similarly the MAs of "a small number of universities" in Scotland are at bachelor's level.
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