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BCU 2025

How Birmingham City University is making a difference, now and into the future.

At Birmingham City University, our mission is simple – we aim to be the University for Birmingham and to enable our students to transform their lives and to achieve their potential.

Through our education and research, and the roles our graduates go on to play in the world, we not only support individuals to transform their lives, but we also play a part in transforming society.

The University for Birmingham

The majority of our students are from Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region, studying alongside others from across the UK and from more than 100 countries around the world. Our local students join us from a diverse range of backgrounds that reflect our city and our region, making our community a rich, vibrant and energetic one.

Our contribution stretches beyond the confines of our University campuses, with many of our graduates powering the front line of public services, transforming the lives of many thousands of other people through their work as nurses, midwives, teachers, and social workers.

For 178 years, we have been proud to call Birmingham our home. From the heritage of our award-winning School of Jewellery, to the modernity of the new Alexander Stadium – which will house our sports courses after the Commonwealth Games – we align with the needs of the city around us. Nowhere is this truer than with STEAMhouse, where we are resurrecting a Victorian cycle factory and transforming it into a space for collaboration between innovators, entrepreneurs and students.

We know too, however, that a healthy society is about more than economic endeavour, which is why our research is pioneering a new approach to the concept of a national park, injecting new life into the urban landscapes of the West Midlands.

Enabling personal transformation

More than half of our students are the first in their family to go to university. We work with young people right across our region to raise aspirations and help them to see how higher education could help them achieve their potential, through partnerships like our study centre with Into University in the Kingstanding area of the city.

We continue to grow with our city, and adapt our portfolio to meet the needs of employers, ensuring our education remains as relevant as it always has been.

We also show our students that there are no barriers to their success. Pioneering work such as that from the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity – linking our high-profile Chancellor, our academics and partners – can help change the face of society and show our students that opportunities are open to all.

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Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity

The Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity aims to bring together experts to examine representation and boost diversity across the media industry.

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Powering the front line

We're proud to play a major part in ‘powering the front line’ of our essential public services within the city, throughout the region and across the country.

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Birmingham City University’s STEAMhouse project is transforming a historic city building into a unique centre for creativity and innovation.

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Creating a sporting legacy

Following the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the transformed Alexander Stadium will become home to our sports and exercise students.

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Opening doors

Our partnership with IntoUniversity is supporting young people in the north of our city to study at university.

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Green shoots

We're pioneering plans for a new National Park which would span more than seven cities across the West Midlands.

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All That Glitters

Our School of Jewellery was in the spotlight in Spring 2021, proudly becoming home to the new television series ‘All That Glitters’.

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Strategy 2025

Our new strategy will guide us through to 2025, building on our core missions of enabling personal transformation and being the University for Birmingham.

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