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The semester begins on Monday 24 January 2022. You will be able to check your timetable at the end of December to find out when teaching on your course begins.
Details of your induction arrangements will be found on your timetable, which will be available on iCity or the iBCU app at the end of December.
City Centre Campus
Dr. Mersha Aftabmersha.email@example.com
Welcome to the Master’s in Design Management!
By joining this innovative and well-established course you have made a significant personal investment and will be working with a great team of professionals. We are looking forward to meeting you in September and have put together a lot of information about the course and how to prepare for your studies which is going to be sent to your email.
Student Success Advisors welcome:
A warm welcome from your SSA Team! As Student Success Advisors (SSAs), it is our role to help and support students throughout their time at BCU. SSAs can help and direct you with any academic and personal concerns you may be facing, and will signpost you to the correct department within BCU for further guidance and support. We know that there are a lot of things that can get in the way of your studies, so we’re here to guide you and help you reach the best solution possible. You can arrange a one to one meeting with your SSA, which will be both private and confidential.
As SSAs we want to hear from you, and ensure your voice as a student is heard, so please get in touch with us should you have feedback, questions, or aren’t sure who to go to.
Follow us on Instagram for regular information, support and events, and join our community on Facebook to meet other new students. You can book a one-to-one meeting via Moodle, contact us through our team email. We look forward to meeting you!
Your School’s SSA is Abigail Skidmore-Hughes You can contact them via their email Abigail.Skidmore-Hughes@bcu.ac.uk
We look forward to welcoming you on your first day!
You are required to have your ID card visible at all times when on campus, so if you have received yours before your first day, ensure you bring this with you. If you enrolled late you will need to collect one on campus during your first few days.
In order to complete your enrolment you will need the following:
As well as the items listed above, you should also bring the following:
What else? The rest is up to you, there is a shop, café, pub, computer access and water fountains on campus, but we recommend on your first day you bring the following:
And remember, the weather in Birmingham can be changeable!
Before you arrive on campus, you will need to complete a course related induction task. Here under 'Induction/Welcome Week' you will find information on tasks you need to complete before you arrive. This is the link to your Course Moodle page where you will find lots of useful information, valuable throughout your course.
Please note that you will need to have enrolled before you can access the Moodle page.
Moodle – MA Design Management
Your course may schedule induction activities for you to take part in. These sessions will be available on your timetable on iCity or the iBCU app from the end of December.
Make sure to keep up to date and follow us on all our social media!
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Level Up+ Mentors are current students who are there to help you and answer all your questions about university life. The Level Up+ programme is about supporting your transition into university, no matter what your experience or background, so you feel confident and ready for the challenges ahead. The Mentors are there to talk to, offer advice and share their experiences to help you settle in. You will receive either a phone call or a video message from one of our mentors in the lead up to Welcome Week to check you have all the information you need.
Welcome to the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design and the Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice (RIBA Part III).
We are confident that the courses will give you a mature understanding of and interest in architectural practice that will inform your career in architecture and we hope that you will enjoy your time studying with us.
Moodle – PgDip Architectural Practice
School of Art
Hello Art and Design Students!
I’m looking forward to meeting you and I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! There are a series of talks, inductions and activities programmed to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate in sending me an email.
Your School’s SSA is Miriam Bruton You can contact them via their email Miriam.Bruton@bcu.ac.uk
Moodle – MA Art and Design: Interdisciplinary Practices
I'm very happy to welcome you to Birmingham School of Art and the MA Fine Art Programme. I look forward to meeting you during the induction week.
Moodle – MA Fine Art
This is a distance learning course. If you have any queries then please contact your Course Leader.
I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus, and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors. The spirit of the course is to investigate pedagogical arts practices in their expanded field, to look at innovation and the avant-garde within arts education and consider how it could affect present and future provision. We are looking forward to meeting with you and beginning the year.
Moodle – MA Arts and Education Practices
I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of fun and engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus, and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.
Moodle – MA Arts and Project Management
Professor Gregory Leadbetter
Congratulations on gaining your place on the MA in Creative Writing. Here you will receive specialist tuition from outstanding writers in a range of forms, in a supportive atmosphere – and benefit from masterclasses, seminars with guest authors, editors and agents and literary professionals organised through the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing, an organisation within the School of English devoted to the literary arts and the life of ideas.
Writers are perpetual students. Our programme is designed to help you learn how to keep learning, enriching and refining your practice as an independent author, through disciplines that strengthen your creative imagination, develop your literary knowledge, and cultivate your critical sensitivity.
Birmingham is an excellent city in which to deepen your involvement with contemporary literary culture, music, dance, theatre, museums and visual arts. I encourage you to take advantage of all these opportunities during your time with us and beyond and wish you every success in your studies.
Your School’s SSA is Imnah Williams You can contact the via their email Imnah.Williams@bcu.ac.uk
Moodle – MA Creative Writing
You are joining a globally renowned provider of fashion and textiles education.
We have a rich history dating back to the 19th century, and today, we are renowned for our students’ achievements, innovative research and partnerships with industry.
Our courses address the needs of global fashion and textiles industries, and you will be welcomed into a genuinely creative, collaborative and international student community.
A high value is attained on our postgraduate students being able to reach their full potential academically, while at the same time developing as a mature, motivated and confident individual. The University prides itself on its student-centred approach and as such has established world-class standards for academic support and research supervision.
As postgraduate students, you will actively be encouraged to provide regular feedback to the University about your experience here.
As Course Leader, I value the information provided in the student lead staff/student forums and make use of the feedback and suggestions contributed by students to review and enhance our provision.
Finally, it is with pleasure that we welcome you to the course and to the exciting challenge of being a postgraduate student.
My team and I look forward to working with you, supporting you and ensuring that you reach your full potential as a Birmingham City University student.
Your School’s SSA is Miriam Bruton You can contact the via their email Miriam.Bruton@bcu.ac.uk
Moodle – MA Fashion Management
Moodle - MA Luxury Brand Management
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I hope you are excited to join us for induction week! We have lots of engaging activities planned to help you find your way around the school and campus and also to enable you to meet your peers and tutors.
Your School’s SSA is Boohema Boohene You can contact the via their email Boohema.Boohene@bcu.ac.uk
Moodle - MA Public Relations
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Welcome to the Masters’ Degree Programme within the School of Visual Communication.
It’s a really exciting time to be studying at Masters level as there are so many ways that we can help you develop your professionalism, creativity and employability to another level.
The team and I are looking forward to helping you develop and explore your creativity and curiosity at the Masters level.
Myself and the team appreciate that making the transition to Postgraduate education can be both an exciting and a daunting prospect, but don’t worry. You have a dedicated team of industry experienced professionals and academics to guide you through the journey.
It will be a journey that we will take together.
Your School’s SSA is Eleanor Guest You can contact the via their email Eleanor.Guest@bcu.ac.uk
Moodle – MA Visual Communication
Your research degree programme will be supported by a number of people and departments across the University.
As a postgraduate research degree student at Birmingham City University, you will be a student of the Faculty in which your research study is focused, and your supervisory team is the primary point of contact for all academic issues. Academic and progression processes will be overseen and authorised by the Faculty Research Degrees and Environment Committee (FRDEC).
You will also be a member of the University’s Doctoral Research College (DRC). The DRC is an ‘umbrella’ team whose main focus is to administer, co-ordinate and oversee the full life cycle of the University’s research community of postgraduate research students. DRC staff work in partnership with Faculty-based staff (as well as the University’s other professional service providers) and are embedded within each faculty.
These pages provide greater detail and also means of contacting the Doctoral Research College staff who are here to help at all stages of your research degree journey.
Welcome to Birmingham City University and the start of your life as a postgraduate research student, a valued member of our growing research community. We recognise fully the commitment that you have made by choosing to study with us for a research degree, and we understand the support that you will need from our academic staff in faculties, our wider research community and our professional services teams to enable your success.
At Birmingham City University, we are committed to distinctive, original and rigorous research which discovers new knowledge and which delivers real-world benefits to society. Through your research and advanced practice you will discover new insights and know-how. By sharing your research outcomes effectively through publication, conference attendance and public engagement, your research could deliver meaningful societal, cultural and economic benefits on a local, national or even global scale. Increasingly our research findings are being applied by others to address national and global challenges, through interdisciplinary research teams and international collaborations.
The last UK-wide exercise to measure research quality, REF2014, judged 60 per cent of our research across 11 subject areas to be of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality and our excellent Impact rating positioned us equal 55th in the Impact ranking table, demonstrating the real-world benefits of our research.
Our submission to REF2014 demonstrated how our research has been growing and included 40% more staff and 4 additional subjects compared to our submission to the previous RAE2008. Our submission to the upcoming 2021 Research Excellence framework, REF2021 will show a further increase in research coverage and staff engagement with research, increasing to 14 the subject submitted for assessment and doubling the number of research-active staff submitted, as more of our staff engage in impactful research of internationally recognised quality.
We are continuing our journey to improve still further the quality and impact of our research; to grow our research community and enhance our research culture. We summarise our research ambitions by the phrase “Better, Bigger, Broader, Bolder” and we look forward to the valuable contributions that you will make.
We hope that you will enjoy being a part of our vibrant and expanding research community and find your research degree programme to be a rewarding and challenging experience. In addition to gaining a much deeper understanding of your chosen subject area and discovering new knowledge, you will also develop a wide range of skills that will set you up for your professional life after your PhD.
Please take the time to read the information in these Welcome pages, and the links therein, as it will help you settle in to the University more efficiently. We wish you the very best of luck with your coming studies.
Professor Keith A. Osman,Director of Research Excellence
“If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.” - Norah Roberts
As you will be aware from your application and offer letter, all new research degree are expected to attend and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice during your first year of the PhD or DBA programme (or during the second year of your EdD programme).
This course lasts one semester and aims to support you in developing the skills and competences required to successfully complete higher degree research. It is intended to complement the guidance and support you will receive from your research degree supervisory team, who will be the key part of your development as a researcher.
The course aims to:
The course serves to develop the wider research student community at Birmingham City University and enable participants to share any concerns that they may have and mutually support one another. It is important that you attend the programme both to gain the knowledge required to carry out your research degree, but also to make contacts with researchers in other faculties.
Successful completion of this programme is required in order to progress on the PhD, and attendance is compulsory for all new research students registered and will normally be studied during the first year of enrolment and completed as a precursor to the Progression Assessment Panel carried out towards the end of Year 1.
More detail on the PG Cert is available from the faculty you will be studying at. The course will take place online. More details can be found below.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Research Practice is delivered via faculty and subject specific sessions as well as common sessions (involving the wider research student community).
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