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University of Birmingham Stats, Info and Facts

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter in 1900 and was the UK's first civic or 'redbrick' university. The first phase of building work on the campus was completed in 1909 under the auspices of the esteemed architect Sir Aston Webb. We celebrated the centenary of those buildings in July 2009. Since then, the University has worked tirelessly to increase its UK ranking, and we're now in the top 20 (15th place) and currently ranked within the top 100 (64th place) in the world. The University is a major research University with links right across America, we are also 3rd in the country for our sporting programmes and have more than 50 sporting clubs including:

  • American Football
  • Track and Field
  • Basketball
  • Dodge Ball
  • Soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
  • Our own American Football team, the Birmingham Lions, won the BUCS National Championships 2012/13 season and came a close second in 2013/14 and they're already getting ready for next season, our cheerleading team the Pussycats support them through their games.

    Birmingham International Summer School

    We're also very pleased to inform you that the University of Birmingham will be running a Birmingham International Summer School (BISS) in 2015. This years programme will contain the following subject areas: Mathematical Finance and Sport and Health.The BISS is targeted at international students who have completed at least one year of undergraduate study at their home institution. The programme will be managed by International Relations in collaboration with Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, College of Arts and Law.

    The theme for BISS 2015 is yet to be announced, but come back soon for more details! There will be a combined academic and social programme which will include teaching sessions as well as visits to places such as Stratford upon Avon, Ironbridge, Oxford, Warwick and local Birmingham attractions.

    The City of Birmingham

    The cosmopolitan city of Birmingham (the UK's second city) is just 10 minutes from the University Campus by train. This allows for the diversity of campus life or the additional excitement of a large European city.

    Birmingham city is a gateway to the rest of the UK, Europe and the world; air, road and rail networks span out from here and the city of London is less than 2 hours away. The city is a known centre for:

  • Arts - there are a multitude of galleries, museums and theatres
  • Music - home to Symphony Hall, the National Indoor Arena and the National Exhibition Centre
  • Dance - ballet, contemporary, ballroom, salsa, swing, tap, modern, hip-hop
  • Heritage - Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare's birthplace), Ironbridge (World Heritage Site), Aston Hall (Jacobean Stately Home), Lichfield Cathedral to name but a few historic places to visit.
  • In Summary

    The UK Higher Education sector is one of the oldest and most respected Education systems in the world, whilst there are many Universities to choose from it's important to select the best one for you. The University of Birmingham is a seat of learning that has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century, it has a wealth of culture and history. Additional information about what the University offers can be found below.

    Birmingham Foundation Academy

    Shakespeare Institute

    Barber Institute of Fine Art

    Bramall Music Building

    Cadbury Research Library-Special Collections

    Lapworth Museum of Geology

    Winterborne House and Gardens

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