Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University’s roots can be traced back to 1843, and for more than one and a half centuries it has driven developments in art, commerce and industry in the West Midlands and beyond.

This impact continues today. Birmingham City University, produces some of the country’s most employable graduates having established an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment with state-of-the-art facilities.

Birmingham City University is an engine for growth in the West Midlands through its enhanced research power and reach, the breadth and depth of its academic portfolio, and the size and extent of its global networks, delivered by its four faculties, each covering a range of subjects and specialisms.

  • Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Faculty of Arts, Design and Media
  • Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Birmingham City University comprises three main campuses, with additional sites located throughout the city, making it easily accessible by foot, rail, road and air from the across the West Midlands and abroad.

Research & Collaboration

Research is a core component at Birmingham City University. The primary focus of the university’s research is driven by its academic staff, students, local/national/global challenges and the curriculum.

All research undertaken by the research community is valuable and makes a significant contribution to the university’s internal and external demand-led priorities. The university’s researchers are committed to discovering new knowledge and delivering real benefit to culture, industry, society and the environment. This commitment sees the university drive development in the West Midlands.

Birmingham City University is committed to improving the breadth, diversity and quality of its research has improved significantly and the results of RAE 2008 demonstrated this, with almost one fifth of our submission judged 4* (‘world leading’) and three-quarters judged of internationally recognised quality

Birmingham City University’s research areas are:

Business Services

Birmingham City University drives innovation through interdisciplinary collaborations between industry specialists and academic experts.

There are 6 key areas of focus:

  1. Driving SME growth – The university has partnered with GBSLEP (Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership) and GBCC to drive business growth amongst SMEs across Greater Birmingham.
  2. Centre for Brexit Studies – Launched in January 2017, this is an academic facility which drives and supports the university’s work on Brexit within its schools and faculties.  
  3. Innovation Institutes – The Innovation Institutes help businesses and organisations, from the private, public and third sectors, drive innovative project and business solutions.

The three Innovation Institutes are:

4. STEAM – The university is transforming STEM into STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths), aimed at finding the most innovative solutions to today’s challenges. This includes a new innovation facility, STEAMhouse, a space for new ideas, to give organisations, from start-ups to corporate business, a space to explore new solutions.

5. Knowledge Hub – The Knowledge Hub project is a pioneering concept aimed at facilitating the deployment and transfer of knowledge between businesses, public and third sector organisations.

6.Skills Engine – Based on a new, agile partnership between employers and providers of learning, underpinned by cutting-edge technology, the Skills Engine is a unique concept that will enable learners to gain the know-how and competencies to meet real employer requirements through a responsive physical and virtual infrastructure.


Birmingham City University can help businesses and organisations find the work-ready talent to achieve success, whether it is newly graduated and work-savvy candidates to hire on a permanent basis, or high-calibre students to bring new ideas and working methods to your business through short-term placement and intern opportunities.

The university offers a free, specialist employment service to save businesses time, money and effort. Businesses can control the selection process. The university can simply promote the role to students and graduates or, take care of the whole recruitment process if required: from vacancy promotion, providing a shortlist of candidates, to providing a venue for interviews.

In addition, Birmingham City University has an awards programme, Graduate+, a three-year voluntary programme is available to students across all study and provides a unique platform where they can develop professional and personal skills with the main focus being upon employability. This resource for organisations looking for a student or graduate for placements, internships or an employment opportunity.



Higher Education

Higher Education

Vocational Initiatives

Vocational Initiatives

Skills and Training Support

Skills and Training Support