The University continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed the work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.
Universities are never complete. They develop as new challenges and opportunities occur. At Birmingham the staff innovate and push the frontiers of understanding; they ask new research questions, they turn theory through experiment into practice – because that’s what great universities do.
The University of Birmingham is governed by Council and Senate. It is managed by the University Executive Board, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor.
Academic disciplines are organised into five academic Colleges, each of which is divided into a number of schools. Each College is led by a Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College, who also sits on the University Executive Board.
The University’s Professional Services, located both centrally in Corporate Services and in the Colleges, work in partnership with academics to support the academic mission of the University. Professional Services are led by the Registrar & Secretary.
An oasis amidst the bustle of Birmingham, the Universitys campus offers a wealth of facilities and services, which are open for all to use. Everything from museums, shops, collections of rare books, sports facilities, business support and a farmers market are available for you to access and enjoy.
The University offers the variety of services and facilities you would expect to see in a small town. With the majority of these located on our central 250 acre campus, we are confident that you will be able to find what you are looking for within easy reach, whether you are in Birmingham or anywhere around the world.
Everyone from multinational companies such as E.On and Unilever through to people wishing to browse our fine art collection and campus sculpture trail have at some point accessed facilities and services on our campus.
We hope that you too can find what you are looking for and we look forward to welcoming you on to our campus, whether for business or pleasure in the future.
On campus facilities
Bed and breakfast accommodation
The University offers competitively priced bed and breakfast accommodation at The Conference Park adjacent to the Edgbaston campus. If you have family members or friends visiting the University or Birmingham city centre - just a short train ride from the University station. Find out more about bed and breakfast options. |
The Conference Park also has a restaurant, open to non-residents, and it is an ideal location for a celebration or for a relaxed sunday lunch. |
The University offers a range of quality childcare facilities, which are available to staff and students and members of the public. Find out about day nurseries. |
Members of the local community are welcome to come and use our extensive library. Housing some 2.7million books in total, along with a wealth of journals and other printed sources, we are confident we will be able to help you find the information you are looking for. You are entitled to 10 visits in a 12 month period for free, or you can opt to pay for membership and enjoy unlimited access. Find out about library services. |
Anyone wishing to commission filming, record a podcast, undergo media training or wanting to make a general enquiry about the range of professional media services offered by the University, is welcome to contact the University's Media Centre using the contact details provided on their website. Find out about the Media Centre.|
Munrow Sports Centre
Our sports centre offers public membership which provides access to our swimming pool, fully-equipped gym, squash and badminton courts and our range of fitness programmes. The University also runs holiday activities for children and a range of other all-year-round activities, which adults and children alike can enjoy. Find out about the Munrow Sports Centre.
Food and drink; shops and services on campus
Whether it's farm produce, a haircut or the latest best-selling novel that you are looking for, our on-campus retail and catering facilities offer it all.
On-campus shops and services
The University offers a range of on-campus services, which members of the local community are welcome to use. We have a range of banks, as well as an optician, travel agent and hairdressing salon. As part of our healthy living drive, an extensive fruit and veg stall can also be found near the shops in University Centre from Monday to Friday. Find out about campus shops and services.|
On-campus bars and cafes
|The University houses a range of bars and cafes. You are welcome to grab a quick Starbucks in Muirhead Tower or to pass some time watching live sport in our 'Raising the Bar' sports bar in the Munrow Sports Centre.
|Our monthly Farmers Market comprises over 20 stalls offering a range of locally sourced, environmentally friendly produce. Ranging from seasonable vegetables to wine and freshly cooked ostrich burgers, we encourage you to come on to campus and discover the top quality, fairly priced produce on offer. Find out more about our Farmers Market.
Museums, galleries, tours and culture
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Entry is completely free to the University's Barber Institute of Fine Arts. Housing works by major artists including Monet, Van Gogh, Botticelli, Degas, Picasso and Magritte, the collection has been described as one of the finest small art galleries in the world. A constantly changing array of visiting artwork and exhibitions makes the Barber Institute a lively and vibrant gallery. A range of family activities, art classes and concerts are also offered by staff and students and many are open to the public. Find out more on the Barber Institute of Fine Arts website. |
Campus Sculpture Trail
Discover the wealth of styles, subjects and shapes of the University's sculpture collection. Download the guide from the Sculpture Trail website and enjoy our campus and its art any day of the year, at any time and in any weather.|
Chancellors Court Heritage Trail
You are welcome on to the Universitys campus at any time. While here, why not explore Chancellors Court, the historical heart of the University at the centre of the campus; these buildings were completed in 1909. Follow our heritage trail around the outside and inside of the buildings and find out more about their fascinating history, and their importance to the city of Birmingham and the world.|
Everyone is welcome to join our weekly campus tours during term-time. Tours take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11.00 am and 2.00 pm. Find out how to book by visiting our campus tour web pages.
Lapworth Museum of Geology
Our Lapworth Museum of Geology has been designated as an 'Outstanding Collection' by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. You are welcome to explore our 250,000 specimens including rocks, fossils and minerals. We also house a separate collection of some 15,000 minerals. Find out about the museum's location and opening times from the Lapworth Museum website.|
Visit our collection of rare books and manuscripts dating back to 1471. Some 120,000 books and 3 million manuscripts are available for you to explore. There is no charge to access the University's Special Collections but you will be required to apply for a Special Collections card (valid for 3 years) to be able to access them. Find out about locations and opening times from the Special Collections website.|
Winterbourne House and Garden
The University's own Botanic Garden has recently been restored to its Edwardian Arts and Craft splendour. Winterbourne House is set within seven acres of beautiful botanic gardens, home to beautiful antiques and over 6,000 plant species from around the world. A range of events throughout the year for all will allow you to explore one of Birmingham's many hidden gems. Find out about entry prices, location and opening times by visiting the Winterbourne House and Garden website. |
|The University is proud of our Fairtrade status, showing our commitment to the principles of Fairtrade and promoting social responsibility. Fairtrade protects the livelihoods of small-scale producers from the developing world. It offers protection for their income against the financial pressures of international trade by guaranteeing them a fair price for their products. Premiums are also paid to the community - which means schools, hospitals and clean water. |
The University of Birmingham is a fantastic choice for your academic study. Our thriving campus with its beautiful grounds, friendly community and excellent facilities, will quickly make you feel at home. We offer you a huge variety of exciting activities to get involved in, outside of your studies, too.
International student support
When choosing to study at the University of Birmingham you can be assured that you will have access to all the necessary support services to make your time here fun and enjoyable, as well as educational. The services on offer range from International Welcome week through to free English language classes and our dedicated International Students Advisory Service.
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a PhD at University of Birmingham!
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.