Birmingham City University supports Universities Week


Birmingham City University is backing a national campaign celebrating the benefit of higher education.

Universities Week 2012 is taking place from 30 April to 7 May and aims to increase public awareness of the wide and varied role of the UK’s universities.

It is the third annual national campaign of its kind and will this time incorporate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as its overarching theme.

The campaign is being coordinated by Universities UK and British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS).

Donal Macintyre selected as ambassador

TV presenter, investigative journalist and Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University, Donal Macintyre has been selected as an ambassador for Universities Week 2012.

Donal said: “I am delighted to show my support for Universities Week, which this year brings together two of my greatest passions – sport and education. It was during my time at University as an undergraduate that I really embraced all my sporting obsessions from boxing to canoeing. My hard work, determination paid off and I was fortunate enough to represent the Republic of Ireland in the World Championships.

"I am still enjoying all that Universities have to offer, having been recently appointed as a Visiting Professor of Criminology at Birmingham City University. I am a strong advocate of higher education and in my new role here I am enjoying playing a part in inspiring and educating young people to be the best that they can be.”

The national campaign is supported by universities across the UK and a wide range of organisations including Podium, the National Union of Students (NUS), Research Councils UK, GuildHE, the Universities Marketing Forum, Higher Education Funding Council for England and many more.

The week will culminate in the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships, which will be held in the Olympic Stadium as part of the London Prepares series.

More information on Birmingham City University’s involvement in Universities Week 2012 will be unveiled here throughout the week. For general information on the national campaign visit

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