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University of Birmingham

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Overview of University of Birmingham

Birmingham has been challenging and creating excellent minds for over a century. Characterized by a tradition of innovation, study at the University has broken fresh ground, pushed the limits of understanding forward and had an effect on people’s life. Today, we continue this tradition and have aspirations for a future that will be part of our job and the recognition of Birmingham’s name on the global level. The university ranked 14th in the UK and 79th in the globe in the QS World University Rankings for 2019. Birmingham was named ‘ University of the Year 2014 ‘ in the Times Higher Education Awards in 2013.

The 2017 Global Employability University Ranking ranks Birmingham at 142nd in the world and 10th in the UK. Birmingham is also ranked 5th in the UK for The Times Graduate Prospects and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The student population involves 22,440 undergraduate and 12,395 postgraduate students, the fourth biggest in the United Kingdom (out of 167). The annual revenue of the institution for 2017–18 was £ 673.8 million, of which £ 134.2 million was from research grants and contracts, with a cost of £ 663.2 million.


The main University of Birmingham campus is located in Edgbaston, where most of the teaching and other facilities are located. Spacious and attractive with lawns, trees and lakes, it was the first university campus in England and the original ‘ red brick ‘ university. Selly Oak Campus is located on a lovely garden site, a short bus ride from the main campus. The city is home to some stunning contemporary and Victorian architecture, art, music, theater and sports venues, great nightlife, great shopping and dining, including the world-renowned Bullring Centre. Birmingham is a major European town. The town also enjoys the beauty of the rural landscape.

  • British Prime Ministers – Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain
  • Chief Minister of Gibraltar – Joe Bossano
  • Director of the Bank of England Lord Roll of Ipsden
  • Fashion designer and retailer – George Davis
Fun Facts
  • Iconic brands Birds Custard, Cadbury Chocolate, Bournville Chocolate Drinking, HP Sauce and Typhoo Tea all began in Birmingham.
  • Birmingham is Europe's youngest town with almost 40% of the inhabitants below 25.
  • Titanic's cap anchor was produced in the Black Country.
  • Every year Birmingham have over 50 festivals throughout the town.
  • Birmingham produced the FA cup and the world's first football league began here
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