Seacole building

seacole building Following a £30 million refurbishment, the Seacole Building was opened in 2006, and won a Built in Quality award from Birmingham City Council in 2007. The Seacole building is named after Mary Seacole, a Jamaican nurse who cared for British Soldiers in the Crimean War. 

In September 2011, the completion of a £2 million teaching wing meant all health and social care students became based at City South Campus.

Seacole extension

The creation of our new suite of courses in sport and life sciences was one of the most exciting developments at Birmingham City University in recent years.

The £41 million expansion of the University’s City South Campus in Edgbaston provides specialist laboratories and teaching spaces for the new courses.

It also provides a new home for the School of Education and Social Work, supporting the development of the next generation of school teachers.

Mary Seacole library

The Mary Seacole library is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying.

There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms

Mary Seacole Library

Computer facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of PCs, laptop hire, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD and CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home.

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

IT support

Students union

As a BCU student you are automatically a member of your Students’ Union and have access to the wide range of fantastic services and facilities on offer! 

At City South Campus, BCUSU has an office and advice centre to help with welfare issues and student housing, as well as a campus shop and the Social Kitchen. 


Campus accessibility

All areas of Seacole building which require student access (teaching rooms, library and café facilities) are accessible to wheelchair users. Bevan House and the ground floor of Ravensbury House are also accessible.

The campus is accessible for most people; however, we recognise that individuals can experience a wide variety of difficulties. To find out more about this site’s accessibility in relation to your specific difficulties, please contact the Disability Support Team.

Visitors with hearing loss

If you are visiting the University and have hearing loss which means that you may have difficulty hearing the fire alarm in the event of an emergency evacuation, please request a Deaf Alerter pager from the main reception of the campus you are visiting. You will be able to keep this pager with you for the duration of your visit to alert you if the fire alarm goes off.