Celebrating BCU 2025
We have been celebrating the distinctiveness of BCU and the impact our unique university has on the world around us, with a wide range of events on our campuses, across the city, and beyond. BCU 2025 featured events, performances, conferences and community activities picking up the key themes of our 2025 Strategy and bringing to life our mission, while celebrating our contribution to the city and region, and to our students, through excellence in education, research and knowledge exchange.
BCU 2025 Strategy Celebration
On 14 June, Birmingham City University held a special celebration of its past, present, and future with key figures form government, business, and the arts, including the Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street.
The event was a formal celebration of the University’s ambitious BCU 2025 strategy, which outlines the institution’s academic and research ambitions, alongside its plans to tackle societal challenges.
Hosted by Marcus Ryder MBE, of the University’s Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity, the event featured a premiere screening of a special film that brings to life the University’s transformative work, a presentation from the Mayor, a celebration of students and music from leading artists.
Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity
Celebrities such as Adrian Lester and Jazzie B, senior executives from Channel 4, BBC, and ITV, and journalists, producers, editors and academics from across the UK gathered at our City Centre Campus to celebrate the second anniversary of our Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity. The Centre brings together experts to examine representation and boost diversity across the media industry.
Speaking at the anniversary celebrations, Sir Lenny Henry, Chancellor at BCU, said: “What I have learnt is that we must turn protest into progress. We need to transform our complaints about the lack of diversity into real tangible results.”
STEAMhouse – OFFICIAL OPENING
Almost 400 political, business and creative industry leaders came together on October 5 to celebrate the launch of BCU’s major new STEAMhouse building, which included tours of the stunning five-story building, exhibitions and demonstrations showcasing its cutting-edge facilities and world-class business support services, live music from the University’s Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra and a performance by spoken word artist Amerah Saleh.
Home to a multi-disciplinary community of entrepreneurs, businesses, academic researchers and students, STEAMhouse - located in the University’s City Centre campus - offers a wealth of support to companies of all sizes to boost growth through innovation to address commercial and societal challenges.
Professor Julian Beer, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Enterprise) at Birmingham City University, said: “STEAMhouse will play a key role for growth and innovation across Birmingham, the region and beyond. We are proud to be pioneering the STEAM agenda as part of our mission to transform the lives not only of our students, graduates and the communities we serve, but also the wider economy.”
The Catwalk: BCU in Digbeth
‘THE CATWALK: BCU in Digbeth’ took place at Birmingham’s The Mill, showcasing the designs of the University’s Birmingham Institute of Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles.
Over 100 guests from across industries and sectors - including designers, buyers, and experts from Burbo K’Ture, Next, Superdry, Zara, and Christian Louboutin - flocked to Digbeth to view the latest high-end fashion collections produced by the University’s Fashion students and graduates. The event also included a state-of the-art digital exhibition and displays of designs created by the University’s Jewellery and Textiles students and graduates.
Inspired after seeing the designs at the catwalk show the University organised in Digbeth, Harvey Nichols chose a collection of work by students to display in the window of its Mailbox store in Birmingham City Centre.
Enjoy the highlights of The Catwalk: BCU in Digbeth event which celebrated the talented work of students and graduates from BCU's Institute of Jewellery, Fashion and Textiles.
Celebrating our staff and students
BCU SUMMER STAFF PARTY
On 22 June, celebrations were held at Hockley Social Club to mark the crucial role staff are playing in achieving the ambitions set out within BCU’s 2025 Strategy.
From 11 - 25 June, we celebrated exciting new talent emerging from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, the Inspired Festival offered a window into the future of the creative industries.
I AM BCU AWARDS
Delivered on 9 June in partnership between the University and the Students’ Union, the awards recognised the outstanding achievements of staff and students across the BCU community.