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Birmingham City University

Address:
University House
City Centre Campus
15 Bartholomew Row
Birmingham
B5 5JU
United Kingdom
Telephone:
+44 (0)121 331 5595
Online:
www.bcu.ac.uk

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University has around 22,500 students from 80 countries, making it one of the largest and liveliest institutions in the West Midlands region. The University enjoys almost 40 professional accreditations and a large number of successful industry partnerships. Our commitment to developing graduates with the skills and experience employers need means that within six months of studying, nine in 10 of our undergraduate and postgraduate students are in employment or further study (DLHE survey 2012/13).

Partnering business and industry

All of our courses have a strong focus on preparing you for the world of work, with many offering the option of a four-year ‘sandwich’ mode, with a full year in industry providing valuable work experience. The University has a well-established reputation for delivering in-company training and development programmes, working with some of the country’s leading employers.

Our teaching staff come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring you are given an insight into the latest thinking. We are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the learning experience, with inspiring visiting lecturers and learning environments that are designed to replicate the workplaces you aim to enter. We even give you the chance to gain work experience in real roles around the University, through our pioneering student employment agency, Opportunity – Student Jobs on Campus.

Investing in your future

We are mid-way through a £260 million investment programme in our estates and facilities, including our Parkside Building for design and media students, which opened in 2013, and the new Curzon Building, which houses business, law, social science and English courses as well as new library, IT and student support facilities.  A third phase of development, including a new home for our Conservatoire and additional teaching space at our City Centre and City South campuses, will follow in 2017.

A growing reputation for research

The work undertaken by our research staff and research students is not only enriching our courses, it is literally shaping the world.  In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, which measures universities' research performance, 90 per cent of Birmingham City University's total submission was judged to have delivered 'outstanding' or 'very considerable' impact externally.

A proud learning heritage

We have been pioneering vocational education in the city since 1843, through a series of predecessor institutions. Having achieved University status in 1992, we changed our name to Birmingham City University in 2007, reflecting our commitment to, and pride in, our home city.

The University has a reputation for widening participation and working with local communities. It welcomes a broad mix of cultures and nationalities, and over half of its students come from the city or the surrounding area. There are also over 2,200 international students who are attracted by the social and ethnic mix of the University’s student population.