Research projects

Research at Birmingham City University is supported by the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Strategy, which is a clear mandate to grow our vibrant research community, create impact at local, national and international levels, and invest in research for the good of student experience, enterprise and innovation.

Birmingham City University’s Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) results demonstrate the significant and wide-reaching impact of our research.

Research Highlights

BCU researchers aim to combine academic rigour with industry knowledge to make a positive contribution to society. Our Research Highlights embody these contributions and provide an example overview of our research activity.

That’s Me! Eliminating barriers to postgraduate research study in the West Midlands.

BCU is proud to partner with the University of Wolverhampton to deliver a highly prestigious project funded by the UKRI and Office of Students as part of a nationwide programme to widen participation in post graduate research. 

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Landscape architecture academics at Birmingham City University have partnered with a number of organisations to establish a national park for the West Midlands that provides multiple benefits to the city, the landscape and its inhabitants.

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Narrow Margins: the criminalisation of trespass, the politics of property, and life on the margins in England

The aim of this project is to explore the steady criminalisation of trespass and its impact upon marginalised communities in England. The research investigates the everyday impacts of the criminalisation of trespass on silenced groups in England.

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Research into Athlete Youth Sport Development

The BCU Research for Athlete and Youth Sport Development (RAYSD) Lab aims to collaborate with industry partners, in order to help create evidence-informed organisational structures and more equitable youth sport settings so every young person can achieve their potential.

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Small Performances: Investigating the typographic punches of Baskerville

Small Performances is an interdisciplinary project making substantial contributions to the history of printing technology. At its heart is the exceptional collection of typographic punches designed by England's foremost printer, John Baskerville.

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Aural Histories: Coventry, c.1451-1642

This Royal Birmingham Conservatoire project aims to explore the changing experience of music in late-medieval and early-modern Coventry, through a series of performances and recordings within VR reconstructions of its lost performing spaces – most notably including St Michael’s Cathedral, destroyed during the blitz of 1940.

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Open Access Repository

BCU Open Access Repository is an online archive of research outputs created by current and prior members of our research community. The archive aims to deliver our institutional commitment to Open Access by providing free-to-read and download full text versions of research outputs where possible, subject to embargo periods required by publishers. 

Research Centres

Our research centres work to address key local, national and global challenges, in line with the priorities of the University and our students.