Birmingham City University

History

  • The university’s contribution to the education of the citizens of Birmingham and beyond stretches back though a succession of predecessor institutions over 170 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.

Location and Transport

  • Birmingham City University is currently in the process of moving the majority of its teaching onto a single site at Eastside, in Birmingham city centre. Design and media courses moved there in September 2013, with law, social sciences, English and business due to follow in 2015, and Birmingham Conservatoire, in its own new building, in 2017. Other locations are the School of Art, School of Jewellery and Birmingham Conservatoire (until 2017) elsewhere in the city centre; the Faculty of Health campus in Edgbaston, to the south of the city; and the City North Campus in Perry Barr, home to law, social science, English and business courses (until 2015) and the School of Education (until 2017).
  • Birmingham is located at the heart of the UK's road and rail networks. There are three city centre railway stations, and the city is at the centre of Britain's national coach network, connecting directly with 500 destinations.
  • The city has its own international airport, Birmingham Airport, with connections to Europe, the Middle East and North America, and further plans for expansion in the coming years.
  • Locally, a network of bus and train services provides easy access around the city, including all of the University’s sites. This is supported by the Midland Metro, a tram/light rail system, which has improved access to the city even further and is currently undergoing further expansion.