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University of Birmingham Reputation
The University of Birmingham, situated in the heart of the economic and culturally vibrant city of Birmingham, is best known for being the first ‘Red Brick’ university to gain a Royal Charter, and thus university status in 1900. The Daily Telegraph famously once cited it as part of the “Ivy League” of English educational establishments. It is divided between two campuses, Edgbaston (home of the famous cricket ground) and Selly Oak.
The institute has strong research links via its membership of the Russell Group of research universities. 16 percent of the university’s research was considered “world-leading”, and just over 40 per cent “internationally excellent” in a 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, which identified specific strengths in Biosciences, Computer Science, Political Science, International Relations, Mechanical Engineering and Law. Birmingham also enjoys strong industrial ties, being voted by graduate employers as the 10th most popular university.
It has an undergraduate student population in excess of 16,000 and almost 9,000 postgraduates placing it as the largest university in the West Midlands, and 11th in the country. In 2006/07 it was the fourth most popular in England by volume of applications.
Students of the university will not simply benefit academically, they are just a stone’s throw from a variety of social and cultural experiences in the city’s diverse quarters. From shopping in the city centre, soaking in the glamour and drama of Theatreland or exploring the edgy and creative Eastside, students are never short of entertainment options. Take a 15 minute bus ride from all of this and you’ll find a plethora of world class events at The NEC.
Eating out in Birmingham also spoils students for choice, there’s Chinatown, the world famous Balti Triangle or the bustling and sophisticated scene of Brindleyplace, and a night to remember in Broad Street’s amazing bar and club scene. Birmingham is the city that truly has it all.
Visitors to the city of Birmingham are likely to see the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower from many parts of the city. The tower located in Chancellor’s court at the university, is named ‘Old Joe’ by locals and was erected in memory of the man who campaigned tirelessly to earn the university it’s Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1900. At 100m tall, the structure is the tallest free-standing clock tower in the world.
Some of the university’s other claims to fame include the Lapworth Museum of Geology and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, which is home to many works by artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh and Monet.
Notable among its alumni are former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and the director of Mamma Mia!, Phyllida Lloyd CBE.
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Such a dissapointing let down of a first year! I studied drama and the league tables all said it was the best course in the UK for drama, but the course was so boring, bland and just generally really terrible. 4 of my best friends dropped out of the course within the first year, and that was just my best friends, about 13 people i was friendly with dropped out of the course. I didnt relate to anyone else everyones a bit immature and weird. The night life is absolute s*** aswell. Steer clear birmingham aint a good time. You're much better off going to bristol/manchester/leeds. Thank f*** I've finally got together the courage to drop out
Wi-Fi poor in library aha, or walking building to building. Closing all these buildings down and destroying them, building up all these new buildings that are taking much longer than promised - but not telling us where our money is going, that they don't have money to pay for printing our dissertations and binding them, but do habe money for building all these things???? Makes us angry and annoyed. We want to see fill detailed costings: how many lecturers are there, what are they paid? Outside workers, supporting staff? Then courses alliances? Running costs of all the brings and maintenance? Then all the other costs? Just have it all out so that we can see it?
UoB has an incredible campus and SU in particular, including a very strong medsoc for students in the healthcare profession. There is wifi available throughout campus just requiring your uni log in. The “green heart” is being built which will make campus even more beautiful. However, this means main library is incredibly crowded particularly around revision season, so its good to make use of the study spaces tracker showing which buildings have space to revise.
The campus is nice but they are wasting huge amounts of student money and instead of investing it back into the support such as mental health support they knocked down the old library and are making a lot of noise to create a 'green space' and instead created a new library with nowhere near enough study space, furthermore, the library is always too hot and stuffy, it is relatively loud in there and the floors shake as people walk across them. Most places you might want to eat on campus are full and overpriced. A lot of lectures and seminars, instead of being taught in the main building for the subject, in my case arts, are instead held in random rooms in random buildings across campus.
Had a great first year, the students union is out of this world. Campus facilities are great including the campus train station that takes you straight into the city center. The campus restaurants and cafe's are really good quality including a noodle bar and a burrito stand.
Absolutely appalling. I've never been so disappointed in my entire life. I chose to take a course in Accounting and Finance and, to my disbelief, I realised what a favela the University actually was. The worst part of the University would be the fact that I need to be on-guard at all time, as one of my mates had his dormitory robbed of all his belongings and they even recorded it and slapped Vaseline on his head. DO NOT GO HERE UNLESS YOU ARE IN A GANG, IT IS LITERALLY A YOUTH CLUB.
Student union bit of a joke. Far more expensive than all other Birmingham student nights. Seems more of a profit earning venture than a student union. As a second year economics student I wouldn't expect to have lectures finishing at 1900- given that the working day finishes at 1800- yet I find myself finishing lectures at 1900 on not one but two nights. Clearly the university is operating over its capacity to fund stupid ventures such as a poorly designed sports centre- which again does not have capacity for all student to become members- and a nice new garden in the middle of uni. Yet there is a distinct lack of study spaces with room for approximately 2% of student population in the library. 493k a year chancellor needs to sort himself out and start focusing on student needs.
Excellent WiFi, easy to connect to in every bit of the campus. The guild is huge and very useful, friendly and welcoming. They can sort close to any issue you have. The range of shops on campus is fantastic with even an beauty salon, which is fairly reasonable. So many societies and sports - there is definitely something for everyone. Sports are fairly expensive, but actually quite good value for money once you break it down for the number of hours you do. Societies are very cheap- most only £5-10 for the year.
360 UOB sports centre staff are very rude & not helpful at all. The first week of opening I was unsure about the equipment & they were very disrespectful about showing me how to operate the machines & also I've emailed them,gone to the front desk,phoned up for a login number they just are simply too slow on customer service. Personally I have had a very upsetting experience at this new gym
First year student, I absolutely hate it here. I haven't felt welcomed or that I fit in here whatsoever. Workload is disgusting and flatmates are disrespectful. 25 minute walk to campus in the rain is intolerable
I have made a mistake coming to this Business School as they are so disorganised and dont know what the hell is going on, honestly. NO-ONE has a timetable, rooms are double booked and we are sent from lectures half dont have a tutor despite going to the office almost daily I have wasted 2 weeks doing nothing really and if they are teaching about business I would go bankrupt if I followed their plan. amazingly we have to learn and load work onto a special software program and it has not been explained and this Business Department is pure chaos, If thats your subject interest look elsewhere as they just cant be bothered here its so disappointing and my Dad who is paying would go mad if he knew about this shambles
The campus is beautiful, definitely the best I've been to. The facilities are great however it would be helpful to know where computers or certain study areas are as the campus is so big, it can be daunting. The student union is brilliant, I've never had a bad night out there while the restaurant in the day is also excellent. The students who run the union dedicate a lot of time to what they do and it definitely pays off.
As a whole Birmingham is great- it is a beautiful campus and the facilities are amazing. However, I do feel that they don't really care that much about you as a student, very little support offered and accommodation in my experience was awful.
What this university lacks, is a good small 'c' conservative society, it lacks any kind of right-wing focus group. Indeed, it doesn't even have a libertarian one! Moreover, the vast majority of folk at UoB are very politically correct, so don't even think of causing intrigue or controversy. You will be thrown out like the chap who was an alleged BNP/National Action member.
Students union could be cheaper and do more things such as gigs! Its soo pricey considering its supposed to be for us students! Good range of societies however the guild dont help to run them very much and the sports clubs dont often take novice's! Careers service were a waste of time when I went for advice. Campus is good with lots of facilities, study spaces and computers
Amazing diverse uni and Birmingham is an incredible place to be a student, transport into the city is cheap, fast and easy and lots to do. The guild of students hosts regular events and hall RA's host regular events as well. The uni want you to have a great nightlife!
Campus is stunning and not too big/small. Theres so many societies to choose from with events on all the time so it's easy to get involved. The SU (guild of students) doesn't have much on compared to other unis with regard to nightlife, I think they have one night on every fortnight or something. Careers are really good and there's wifi all over campus
It looks nice during winter, but can be bad to walk through when it is windy and raining in the winter, there is a fresh food stall that sells delirious strawberries and cherry tomatoes, but lots of other fruit and veg too.
Overall Birmingham has a really great atmosphere. The student union set up loade of fairs and events in the first few weeks so people could settle in and the sports and over all facilities of the uni haelve exceeded my expectations.
Such a great Uni, the campus is beautiful and there always so much going on- the facilities are good- but with a new library and sports centre being built, they're only going to get better! Our guild of students is the nicest one I've seen, after visiting lots of friends Uni's- and the guild night out, fab and fresh is one of the best nights out in Birmingham! There's so many eating places on campus, with 3 costas, a Starbucks and subway, and then a lot of the university's own Go Cafés dotted around- and the Uni burritos are reason enough to come to Birmingham! Birmingham city itself is so great as well due to the diversity in it's night life- there's a night out to suit everyone's taste- and the shopping is fab due to the bullring! Plus you have loads of a cool places to visit such as the jewellery quarter, star city and cannon hill park!
The University campus is great; very green, with plenty of study spaces and places to eat. The Guild do an amazing job as the Student Union with a vast variety of events which cater for all. There are so many societies to chose from, all of which attend the Societies Fair at the beginning of the year and joining fees are reasonable. The internet is free for all with an intranet log in on campus, it works most of the time.
Library needs to be bigger to accommodate more students, although they are building a new one and there are other places on campus to study. Loads of different societies to join, with mostly low joining costs. Campus feels a bit rural given it is outside the city centre but the train will get you there in 5-8 minutes from the Uni's own station.Fresher's club events should accommodate more clubs and more music tastes. Most of the accommodation is a ridiculous price, for some unknown reason- this isn't London.