Work at BCU

Birmingham City University is one of the UK's major universities. With over 30,000 students from 100 different countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success.

Why work at Birmingham City University?


We have a distinctive focus on education and research for professional and creative practice.


We have a wide collaboration with business, industry and the public services.


We're one of the three long-standing universities in the city of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

The University is in an exciting phase of its development. We've invested over £400 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. 

The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment, thanks to our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, focus on practical skills and professional relevance, and of course, our trailblazing staff. Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we work with each other. Our values are thinking differently, creating opportunity and building community.

Our values

BCU’s Values underpin how we work in achieving the ambitions set out in our Strategy Priorities, and are the principles that unite the way we work together and for our students.

As the University for Birmingham, our values also reflect our relationship with the city, how we care about our community and the collaboration we use to get the best results.

Living the values - our staff

Sam Gargaro

Build community

Senior Lecturer in Law / Director of BCU Law Clinic

Samantha is expanding pro bono work in the School of Law, providing opportunities for Law students to help charities and get involved in the Birmingham legal community. Through the BCU Law Clinic, Samantha oversees students working with Central England Law Centre, Birmingham Law Centre, Citizen’s Advice Bureau and more to offer free legal advice to members of the public.

Sarah Bristol-Abbott

Build community

Senior Widening Participation Evaluation Officer

Sarah is focussed on breaking down barriers to higher education and making it open and accessible to all whatever their background or personal circumstances. By assisting in the delivery and coordination of the University’s outreach programme with schools, colleges, charities and other community groups and reviewing its impact, she helps to promote the opportunities that BCU and higher education in general afford all learners.

James Dean

Create Opportunity


As a member of our Library and Learning Resources Team, James ensures our students get the most from their time at university. Whether he’s giving lectures on accessing library and learning resources or supporting academic colleagues to share essential materials for their course, James knows just how important the library is to any learning community.