Universities in Birmingham
|| With an excellent university
to its name, Birmingham has established itself as a world class area
The University of Birmingham [map]
is one of the leading research-based universities in the UK. The University
was founded in 1900 by the citizens of Birmingham, who wanted their
own university to train and educate the people who would create and
manage the burgeoning businesses and industries of the midlands.
It was natural, given the nature of Birmingham’s industry, that
the University should, from the start, teach the major scientific
and engineering disciplines. It was also the first UK university to
establish a Faculty of Commerce and incorporate a medical school.
And the modern university is equally distinguished in the humanities,
education, social sciences and law.
To support research and scholarships, the university has a library
of two million books and three million manuscript and archival items.
A high-speed campus network connects thousands of computers and servers
used by staff and students with each other and with the Internet.
As a major European institution of higher education, the university
attracts students and staff from around the world. Each year there
are more than 4,000 students from more than 100 countries.
The main university campus at Edgbaston is spacious and attractive
with lawns, trees, a lake and pleasant spaces between the different
The nearby Selly Oak campus is situated on a beautiful garden
site just five miles from the city centre. The spacious 80-acre site
is green and leafy, with an interesting mix of old and new buildings
and with all the facilities grouped together.
For the day-to-day life of staff and students, the pleasant campuses
are ideal places to work and live with all academic, sports and social
facilities grouped together.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts on the Edgbaston campus houses
an important collection of works of art. Its contents range from the
13th to 20th centuries and include paintings, sculpture, furniture
and objects d'art. The Institute is open to the public and has a concert
hall where there are lunchtime and evening concerts. The large
University orchestra and choir give regular concerts. There are many
public drama performances, recitals and lectures throughout the year.
The University has some of the best sports facilities in the
UK including a swimming pool, sports halls, athletics track, gym and
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