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University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has been leading the way as a global university since 1900; it was the first civic university to allow students from every background to study at its beautiful, leafy green campus. A member of the Russell Group, this research-intensive institution has world-leading academics including Nobel Prize winners, and offers over 300 programmes from business to biosciences, engineering to psychology.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: B32

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 65%
  • Postgraduate 35%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 83%
  • Part Time 17%

Where students come from

  • UK 76%
  • EU 4%
  • Other 19%

Student gender

  • Male 43%
  • Female 57%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • With over 1.8 million print and 500,000 online books, and more than 85,000 print and online journals, the library welcomes 1,458,000 visitors every year. Its staff provide front line and specialist support, information literacy and academic skills teaching, so that students and staff find and use information effectively.

Student jobs

  • Worklink is an on-campus service to help students find external part-time jobs. Vacancies advertised are rarely more than 15 hours per week during term-time.

Careers advice

  • Based within the Student Hub the Careers Network offers tailored support, helping students source great work experience and jobs, providing one-to-one support with job applications and a range of other employability services. There are also teams operating within each college, providing specialised careers support for the student's area of study.
  • Students can gain bursaries to support to their development through work experience, and there are internships and placements in the UK and overseas.
  • The Alumni Leadership Mentor Programme offers a number of students the opportunity to receive one-to-one mentoring from high profile Birmingham alumni, including former chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson and Green Wing actress Tamsin Greig.
  • The award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) enables students to gain accreditation in a range of leadership, management and life skills that are essential for the modern workplace.
  • The university was ranked the second most targeted university by top employers in the UK by the High Fliers Graduate Market 2018 report.

Health services

  • The university has its own Medical Practice and University Dental and Implant Centre. Students are recommended to register either with the university's medical and dental services or to find a local doctor and dentist near where they stay.
  • The University Medical Practice (UMP) is on the edge of the Edgbaston campus and caters for students and staff; please refer to the University Medical Practice website for details of their services.
  • The dental service caters for students and staff, providing routine check-ups as well as scaling, crowns, dental implants and tooth whitening. Please refer to the University Dental and Implant Centre website for details.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • From students first day on campus until they graduate, a range of services are available with friendly staff providing support. The Student Hub provides a key point of contact, along with an online service.
  • Support includes access to a counsellor or well-being practitioner, as well as welfare tutors in each of the university's school or departments. Self-help guides, written by clinical psychologists, contain practical advice on a range of issues.
  • There are also a range of helpful groups including relaxation workshops and support groups.

Disability support

  • The University of Birmingham strives to be an inclusive learning community and will ensure that students can access appropriate support to take advantage of the student university experience, whatever their disability, mental health or learning support needs. 
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • Student Services has a range of teams that support students to settle and stay at the university, providing professional advice and help to deal with problems that may affect their learning. Please refer to the university website for details.
  • The Guild of Students' Advice and Representation Centre (ARC), provides free professional and independent student advice. They can help with a range of issues from money to academic issues, employment, housing and immigration questions.
  • A multifaith chaplaincy is available for students of all faiths and none.

Students' Union

  • The University of Birmingham's Guild of Students has a long and successful history of lobbying and campaigning to improve student life.
  • It runs more than 250 student groups, societies and associations, reflecting every taste and interest.
  • Intervol (international volunteering) sends around 100 students each year to projects across the globe, including aids awareness in Cambodia and Kenya, conservation work and other sustainable long-term initiatives.

History

  • The University of Birmingham was established by Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1900 and was the UK's first civic or 'redbrick' university.
  • Birmingham has continued to be a university unafraid to do things a little differently and respond to the challenges of the day, being a founding member of the National Union of Students.
  • In 2017, the University of Birmingham was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education for its contribution to making railways around the world safer and more efficient.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Birmingham's Lapworth Museum is one of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK, featuring everything from dinosaurs to diamonds.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Baroness Valerie Amos – under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator at the United Nations.
  • Dr Simon Campbell CBE FRS FMedSci – has led innovative research, discovering some of the world's best-selling prescription drugs.
  • Sir Liam Donaldson – former chief medical officer, knighted in 2002 in recognition of his achievements in healthcare, chair of the World Health Organisation's patient safety initiative.
  • Jonathan Goldstein – award-winning commercial composer.
  • Tamsin Greig – award-winning actress.
  • Mike Coupe – director, J Sainsbury’s.
  • Yogi Dewan – founding partner, Hassium Asset Management LLP.
  • Sarah Cox – head of business planning and programme management for the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Dr Rowan Hillson MBE, MBChB – former national clinical director for diabetes at the Department of Health.
  • Alan Davey – chief executive of the Arts Council England.

Address

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT