Our early history can be traced back to the five individual colleges which would be brought together as The City of Birmingham Polytechnic in 1971.
In the most recent audit of our research expertise - the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) – 90 per cent of Birmingham City University’s total submission was judged to have delivered ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact externally.
These are the areas in which we support our research community. These areas help to focus our research and allow for effective cross-disciplinary work.
Our commitment to developing graduates with the skills and experience employers need means that within six months of graduating, 93 per cent of UK undergraduate students are in employment or further study (DLHE survey 2013/14). Whatever subjects you choose, we focus on giving you up-to-date knowledge and real-world experience, so you’ll be ready to launch into your chosen career.
We are here to help you make the most of your time at the University. We provide high quality services that support you, enhance your learning experience and are responsive to your changing needs, before, during and after university.
Whether you’re a new starter or a returning student, our Accommodation Services team can help you find somewhere to live in Birmingham.
We offer accommodation in University-owned and University partner Halls of Residence at various locations throughout the city, and work with private companies to supply accommodation close to our city centre campuses.
Accommodation includes standard and en suite rooms suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students. For students with special requirements we have accessible purpose-built rooms at some of the Halls of Residence.
Our six libraries provide access to around 62 million resources. Our Centre for Academic Success offers workshops and one-to-one tutorials to improve your study and English language skills and help you reach your potential. And our award-winning Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) is constantly working to improve the quality of your experience as a student.
Each campus has computing resources and learning support centres giving students access to specialist computer software for its courses, as well as access to the internet, email and iCity, our central web portal.
The University's wireless network (Eduroam) provides access to the internet in most locations on all campuses.
Our professional and confidential Health and Wellbeing services offer support for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, helping you to make the most out of your time at university. We can help you with:
Our City Centre Campus is a multi-million pound centre of excellence in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside development.
It is made up of three buildings: Millennium Point, The Parkside Building and The Curzon Building.
Facilities housed in the new building include:
Whether you're interested in sport as a participant or a spectator, Birmingham has plenty to offer. The city is home to three leading football clubs – Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion – and international cricket takes place at Edgbaston, home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club.
Birmingham also hosts a number of major sporting championships. The renowned Brabazon golf course at The Belfry, the UK PGA headquarters, has been the venue for several Ryder Cups, and the National Indoor Arena, the UK's top indoor sporting venue, hosts a range of events including Davis Cup tennis, international athletics, badminton, table tennis, judo, basketball and wrestling.
You may be unsure about what students’ unions actually are, or think that we’re just somewhere to come to when you want cheap drinks. The real truth about your Students’ Union here at Birmingham City University is that we’re about much, much more!
Our Students' Union runs a wide range of sports clubs and societies. Find something that interests you and give it a go! It's a great way to learn some new skills and make friends.
We pride ourselves on the range of professional accreditations - almost 40 at the last count - and the number of successful industry partnerships we have.