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Studying at University of Birmingham
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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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.