Birmingham City University

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Founded

1992

Description

Birmingham City University (BCU) was established initially as Birmingham College of Art with roots back to 1843.

It was made a polytechnic university in 1971 and gained university status in 1992. It is one of the city’s long-standing universities and the second largest of the five. It was renamed as Birmingham City University in 2007, as a reflection of the university’s pride and commitment to the city.

BCU has three main campuses serving four faculties, which offer courses in art and design, business, the built environment, computing, education, engineering, English, health care, law, social sciences, technology and the performing arts.

Many of its academics maintain strong links with their industries, often still operating within them, for example the UK’s leading criminologist and the first female president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Its strengths are in the creative and performing arts - the Birmingham Government School of Design was the first college of design outside London (opened in 1843) and the Birmingham School of Music, later the Birmingham Conservatoire (opened in 1886). Both were incorporated into the university and still have a strong standing in the UK’s higher education landscape.

There are 25,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, half of whom are from the West Midlands, the majority of whom are from ethnic minorities. It was the first university in Europe to launch a Black Studies undergraduate degree, to examine the history, social movements and contribution of people of African descent.

Notable alumni include singer Laura Mvula, comedian Frank Skinner, author Jim Crace and chairman of Morrisons supermarkets Andrew Higginson.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Medicine and Healthcare, Life Science and Biology, Social Science, Law, Arts and Humanities, Education, Psychology

Location

United Kingdom
University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham , B5 5JU, West Midlands, United Kingdom

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I studied at BCU for Master’s in Business Management. In my tenure, I was a student at a good few UK universities so I'm in a reasonable place to make comparisons. The levels of entry are at the lower end of the scale. It also appears to languish...

I studied at BCU for Master’s in Business Management. In my tenure, I was a student at a good few UK universities so I'm in a reasonable place to make comparisons. The levels of entry are at the lower end of the scale. It also appears to languish in most University league tables at the wrong end. There were some portions of my course badly planned. In particular, one of the lecturers was less than even-handed in her marking and allowed her personal opinions to affect her attitude towards other students and their work. BCU's administration roles were horrendously not good, and that had a direct effect on my and other academic outcomes.

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The university has been great at welcoming students of great diversity and have amazing teaching schemes along with the staff being of more than help. The campus facilities are remarkable as well and ensure that the students make the best of...

The university has been great at welcoming students of great diversity and have amazing teaching schemes along with the staff being of more than help. The campus facilities are remarkable as well and ensure that the students make the best of their time.

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It’s a very welcoming atmosphere, with staff always there to help, I like the 24 hr library, benefits students who like to study during the night and need a quiet place away from home. It has a wide range of extra curricular activity for people...

It’s a very welcoming atmosphere, with staff always there to help, I like the 24 hr library, benefits students who like to study during the night and need a quiet place away from home. It has a wide range of extra curricular activity for people who like to stay active

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It’s a great experience for anyone who wants a change in their life. Everyone is very welcoming and the course inductions are amazingly held. They have experienced lecturers who are great at explaining and teaching the course and you don’t feel...

It’s a great experience for anyone who wants a change in their life. Everyone is very welcoming and the course inductions are amazingly held. They have experienced lecturers who are great at explaining and teaching the course and you don’t feel left out as there are thousands of students you meet and interact with once you go there. They have a wide range of societies which are welcome too all. Events are organized with a lot of dedication to make sure you have a really good experience. Overall, it’s a great university.

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Plenty of supporting programs and teams for students during the terms and after graduation or preparing a career. During the term, students can get help from specialized techniques (workshops), Academic English support, learning soft...

Plenty of supporting programs and teams for students during the terms and after graduation or preparing a career. During the term, students can get help from specialized techniques (workshops), Academic English support, learning soft wares. Graduate plus help for the academy, Career plus help for preparing and hunting a job. The library in Curzon building is always open with a range of books. teachers offer students a chance to integrate wider subjects and studies for the student, which expanded my horizons in this University. Overall, I am glad to study and meet diverse and nice people.

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