Birmingham City University

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Birmingham City University

The University’s contribution to the education of the citizens of Birmingham and beyond stretches back though a succession of predecessor institutions over 160 years. The University enjoys historical strengths in the creative and performing arts: the Birmingham Government School of Design – the first college of design outside London – was opened in 1843 and Birmingham School of Music (later Birmingham Conservatoire) in 1886. Both were later incorporated into the University. University status was achieved in 1992, and the new name of Birmingham City University was adopted in 2007, reflecting the University’s commitment to, and pride in, its home city.

Birmingham City University (BCU) is a forward-looking university of approximately 25,000 students, spread across eight campuses around the city, making it one of the largest and liveliest universities in the county.

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 2,000 international students who are attracted by the social and ethnic mix of the university’s student population.

The university’s student academic partners scheme, where staff and students work together to find ways to improve teaching, won a Times Higher Education (THE) award for outstanding student support.

In the last research assessment exercise which measures universities’ research performance, nearly one-fifth of Birmingham City University’s total submission contained elements judged to be world-class – more than any other post-1992 university. In addition, three-quarters achieved internationally recognised status.


  • ‘No. 1 for Outstanding Support for Students’ at the 2010 Times Higher Education Awards
  • ‘No. 1 for Outstanding International Strategy’ at the 2011 Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards
  • 8th in UK for Media Studies, Communications and Librarianship
  • TOP 10 in UK for spending on facilities in the Complete University Guide in 2012 and 2013
  • 27th out of 124 universities for the most students in graduate level jobs
  • 83% of students were satisfied with their course.
  • Faculty of Health’s Skills and Simulation Department won the 2011 Higher Education Academy Learning and Teaching Team Award.

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