Undertaking a degree is a big investment in your future, and you’ll want to be sure that you’re choosing the right university. We've shared our top 10 reasons why Birmingham is a great place to study Computing.
1. 'Workshop of the world'
Birmingham has garnered a reputation as the 'workshop of the world' for its development of technologies like steam engines and motor vehicles. Now Birmingham is set to become a hub for future digital technologies with UK Research & Innovation investing £1 billion into the West Midlands area since 2016, to assist technological developmental stages. *
2. UK's second largest Tech Sector
Birmingham has the largest tech sector outside London with roughly 3000 tech businesses generating over £2 billion for the local economy. **
3. West Midlands 5G
The West Midlands is the UK's first large-scale 5G testbed with an accelerator programme being implemented to help roll-out.
4. Kainos A.I. Camp
Kainos, a large software company, hosts free two-week A.I. Camps in Birmingham, with some even running on campus in Millennium Point. These camps are not only a chance to test your skills outside of lectures but to also meet Kainos' team, with at least a quarter of their hires being recruited from local universities like BCU.
5. Youngest city in Europe
Birmingham is the youngest city in Europe with under 25's accounting for nearly 40% of its population so there will be plenty of opportunity to meet people your age.
6. Hub for gaming
The gaming scene in Birmingham is thriving with local gaming studios like VooFoo Studios, Inspired Gaming Group and Codemasters, who are one of the biggest UK developers.
HackTheMidlands is an annual 24-hour hackathon hosted in Birmingham in Millennium Point. The event is a chance for people to come together to test their skills, share ideas and create new technological projects.
8. Birmingham Tech Week
This year Birmingham Tech Week ran 68 events across the city to celebrate its tech industry and encourage collaboration to occur.
9. Entrepreneurs believe in tech
With 61% of Midlands entrepreneurs stating technology is a key business driver for them, there are plenty of opportunities for Computing students to seek out these professionals and provide them with tech support for their budding businesses. ***
Located in Digbeth, STEAMhouse is a centre for innovation and creation. It is a place where you can explore a new product idea, network with industry professionals and have the opportunity to apply for an SME grant of £2,500 to go towards your materials and prototypes.
Explore our courses and choose the right one for you
* West Midlands Combined Authority "First Local Industrial Strategy to Drive Growth Across the West Midlands"
** Business Birmingham "Tech & Digital"
*** Birmingham Mail "Why the Midlands is fast becoming a booming tech hub and a magnet for businesses"