With around 25,000 students from 80 different countries, Birmingham City University is one of the largest universities in the UK and our popularity has
grown significantly in recent years. Between 2008 and 2010, we had the highest rise in UCAS applications of any university in the Midlands.
Situated in Birmingham, the UK’s second city, we are proud of our strong links and close collaboration with the region, which dates back to 1843. The
University puts more than £270 million into the regional economy and supports thousands of jobs in the city and surrounding area. Our six academic
faculties offer over 350 courses, from foundation level, through undergraduate degree programmes, to taught Master’s courses and research doctorates. About
a third of our students study part-time, combining employment with our professionally relevant courses, improving their career prospects.
Our contribution to the education of the citizens of Birmingham and beyond stretches back through a succession of predecessor institutions for over 160 years.
We achieved university status in 1992 as the University of Central England, changing our name to Birmingham City University in 2007, reflecting our commitment
to, and pride in, our home city. We are extremely proud of our achievements to date and excited about the possibilities for the future and the contribution we
can make to our students, the economy and society. We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary as a university in 2012 – find out more about the ways modern
universities have changed lives.
A CITY FOR LIFE:
As an exciting, diverse city with the UK’s largest student population outside London, Birmingham is the ideal place to study. Many of our graduates find employment
or set up businesses in the city which has a thriving creative industry, a large professional and financial services sector and, of course, the UK’s second-largest
Our focus on practice-based learning provides students with access to cutting-edge facilities and real-world experience. We are committed to developing industry-ready
graduates and are ranked in the UK top 30 by the Sunday Times University Guide (2012) for placing students in graduate-level jobs. The Student Academic Partners scheme,
where staff and students work together as equal partners on academic projects, won the Times Higher Education Award 2010 for ‘Outstanding Support for Students’.
Our courses are designed in partnership with industry to ensure our students gain the skills employers tell us they need. We are accredited by over 40 professional bodies
and work closely with thousands of businesses including household names like Apple, Cartier and Rolls-Royce. Last year six out of 23 placements offered nationally by
computing giant Cisco went to our students.
CONTRIBUTION TO RESEARCH AND EMPLOYER ENGAGEMENT:
We are also home to world-class and in some cases world-leading research that is making a difference to society in areas like mental health policy, criminal justice and
planning. From one of the UK’s most high-profile criminologists to the first female President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, our academics come from and
retain their links with industry, benefiting our students and the organisations we conduct research for. We also aspire to lead the way on engagement with employers
in all sectors through our programmes of applied research, innovation, knowledge transfer and workforce development. We work with organisations as diverse as the BBC, Cisco,
Microsoft, Arts Council England, Jewson, the Law Society and the NHS.
We offer a range of services that will enable you to gain the most from your studies, from help for disabled students to providing financial assistance or simply someone to
turn to in times of difficulty.
Research is a large part of life at Birmingham City University. It enables us to contribute new knowledge, it underpins our innovation and enterprise work, and it allows us to
deliver leading-edge learning and teaching. Our research is both curiosity-driven and mission-focused, and especially well respected for its pragmatism and impact. University
staff have opened up new fields and made significant discoveries in many areas, and we have partnered local and national companies to commercialism research.
All academic staff at the University engage in research and/or professional practice, and we have a substantial and thriving community of postgraduate research students. All
academic departments and schools have strong research track records and are pursuing major research agendas. We are best known for our work in business, cultural and creative
industries, health, STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths), and the social sciences.
Recently, following success in the government’s audit of university research, Research Assessment Exercise (RAE-2008), we have developed a five-year research strategy that
commits us to considerable increases in both the quality and quantity of our research. Research, innovation and enterprise at the University is focused on a network of Centres
of Excellence. Responsibility for co-ordination of research lies with the Research Office.
Our strategy will drive improvements in the quality, quantity and subject coverage of our research activity, preparing us for success at the next census point. Autumn 2013 will
see the introduction of the Research Excellence Framework (REF-2014) which will inform Higher Education research funding from 2015 onwards.