Team work wins award


A partnership between Birmingham City University and Birmingham City Council has resulted in a prestigious award.

The University has been working with the Council's Urban Design department for the past 18 months to share knowledge, experience and best practice.  The partnership links academia to industry and has helped to develop individuals through training and creating job opportunities. 

The partnership has been given a Chamberlain award for Equality and Community Cohesion; the awards celebrate and recognise the excellent contribution staff within the City Council make to the lives of all those who live, work and take their leisure in Birmingham. 

Tony Kelley, Industrial Liaison at Birmingham City University, received the award on behalf of the team.  He said: I believe it is a unique and singular honour for an outside organisation to be included in Birmingham City Council's prestigious internal awards. The action by Urban Design to include the school of Property Construction and Planning as part of their team is an acknowledgement of the quality of work done by our staff as well as the strength of our partnership which commenced last year."

"The Urban Design Collaborative Partnership is an excellent example of the way in which the School of Property, Construction and Planning at Birmingham City University works in partnership with industry.  We are delighted that this synergy and has been recognised for an award from the City Council."

Ian Davis, Divisional Manager (South) at Urban Design added: "We are very excited at the developments in this partnership and have seen a really positive impact.  This is great news for the City."

The collaborative partnership between the two organisations has led to renewed interest in construction and has given university students a unique training experience.  The team created ten trainee opportunities for which over 400 job applications were received. The team has done ‘what it says on the tin' to change the future life chances for a large number of young people not represented in the industry.

Added by on November 24, 2009

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