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The University of Birmingham was built on a radical vision and it helped change the model of higher education as it challenged and developed great minds, accelerating the spread of knowledge and innovation.
The university has continued to lead the way, being both a founding member of the Russell Group of British research universities and the international network of research universities, Universitas 21.
For more than a century, the university has used innovative academic research to make a positive difference in the world, from developing the first pacemakers and plastic heart valves to the cavity magnetron, which led to applications such as radar and the microwave oven.
This continues today with the university at the forefront of research in many of the emerging disciplines of the 21st century, such as nanotechnology, gene therapy, robotics and the use of virtual reality in the study of archaeology. This research is delivered from a number of colleges, encompassing many schools, institutes and departments, for teaching and research, these are:
In the 2016/17 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the University of Birmingham has been awarded a Gold rating reinforcing its global reputation as an outstanding higher education provider.
There are excellent transport links, including the train station University, so whether walking, cycling, driving or using public transport visitors can travel to and from Birmingham city centre, the wider region and abroad with ease.
The University of Birmingham has seen its research impact on the city, the region and the world, its vision is one where the transfer of knowledge and technology – generated from its research into the economy, policy and society – is an embedded and natural component of the University’s activity, fuelling innovation and speeding up development.
To deliver this vision the university continually invests in resources and improves its research facilities to ensure that the academic staff and doctoral researchers are able to pursue their ideas, undertake research and transfer their knowledge to ensure significant global impact and excellence in teaching.
While the research facilities are primarily used to support the university’s research and teaching activity; some equipment can be used by industry and other research partners.
Primarily research is focused across five areas:
The University of Birmingham can provide a wide range of support services to businesses, including:
Contract R&D – Join forces with researchers to work on specific research and development needs.
Consultancy – Businesses can access the brightest minds from a wide range of disciplines to help boost their organisation’s knowledge and resources with objective expert consultancy.
Intellectual property licences – The University of Birmingham has a varied portfolio of medical, biomedical, engineering and environmental patents available for licensing.
Equipment and facilities – Businesses can utilise state-of-the-art facilities and scientific equipment, or train members of your team on a particular technique. University of Birmingham researchers are on hand to offer technical support, problem solving and help with product development.
Conferencing facilities – the University of Birmingham offers first class conferencing and accommodation facilities, including its own art gallery, concert-hall and railway station all within minutes of Birmingham City Centre.
Business Accommodation – Birmingham Research Park on the University campus offers purpose built accommodation for companies seeking to work in research, development and training.
The University of Birmingham is committed to preparing students for a challenging and changing economic landscape, developing graduates who will enrich business. It was rated 2nd in the UK for being targeted by top graduate recruiters in the latest UK High Fliers Research, the Graduate Market in 2018.
The university has an Employer Relations team at Careers Network to help connect businesses to the university’s student and graduate talent by providing a range of services and opportunities for businesses to engage with them.
This includes promoting graduate and undergraduate vacancies to students, from structured part-time work, internships and placements, to graduate employment. The university can also help businesses to maximise the degree apprenticeship levy and create a productive and innovative workforce.
The Employer Relations team works with companies of all sizes and is happy to tailor its services to meet the specific needs of individual businesses, whether they are a multinational, a start-up or an SME.