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Established in 1900, we've been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century.

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It's 🧠 and researchers from here at Birmingham will be at The Exchange, Centenary Square & at the MAC, Birmingham with lots of activities for all ages to get those neurons fired up!

Volunteer your brain, discover more about how our brain works, join in brain-boosting crafts and discover what happens at our Centre for Human Brain Health
🗓️ March 16
🕚 11am-3pm

This events are free and open to all ages - we look forward to seeing you there!

Find out more at:


Across this University women are leading cutting-edge research, from curing cancer, to finding alien life and making social media a force for good.
Learn more about their work by listening to our Curiosity Vault podcast, hosted by Prof Alice Roberts


Share and tag in a Birmingham woman who inspires you

To celebrate International Women's Day, we'd love to hear which University of Birmingham woman inspires you and why.

Tag in a friend, colleague or fellow graduate! If you get tagged, share the love and tag someone else. Help us to celebrate the amazing around the world and spread some kindness!

Photos from University of Birmingham Alumni's post 14/02/2024

Did you meet on campus?
We absolutely love everyone's campus romance stories, so for Valentine's Day our Alumni team are asking to hear yours! ❤️


Should we be afraid of Artificial Intelligence, or excited about the opportunities it brings?
We asked our academics to share their thoughts on AI - from opportunities in healthcare to fears around misuse of the technology.

Want to learn more about AI? We have a new programme of events at The Exchange, in Birmingham city centre, exploring all things AI - including an ‘internet cafe’ where you can teach a robot about romance!
The exhibition opens in February and is open to all - find out more here:


We are delighted to have been named a University of Sanctuary - awarded to institutions which commit to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for asylum seekers and refugees.

We offer five Sanctuary Scholarships a year, host scholars through the Council for At-Risk Academics and provide support for displaced students caught up in the global refugee crisis.

This year's Sanctuary Scholarships offer full tuition-fee waiver, accommodation and a £5,000 bursary to support study costs. The deadline for application is March 3.
If you know of anyone interested, we are holding two online Q&As in February.
Links to sign up are at the bottom of this page:


QUICK VOTE: What's your favourite season on campus?
❄️ for winter
🌸 for spring
🌞 for summer
🍂 for autumn


Did you know that comfort eating fatty foods during stressful times can impair your body’s ‘recovery’ from the effects of stress?

PhD student Roz talks about a study undertaken here at Birmingham & why your mood is also affected depending on the food you eat 👇

Photos from University of Birmingham Alumni's post 17/01/2024

What do Joy Division, The Cure, UB40, The Human League, Sister Bliss, Joan Armatrading and Simon Le Bon all have in common?
They are just a few of the bands and alumni that are part of our long association with the music industry.
Here our Alumni team are asking for your memories of those times 😁

Want to see more? We have an exhibition of pop music memorabilia in our Bramall Music Building. You can learn more about it here - or come on to campus and see it for yourself:


Love music? Have you heard about the publically-available music here on campus?

Here's your chance to join us for the University's Music & Concerts Spring Series starting January 26.

We host a wealth of international talented musicians including collaborations with BBC Radio 3, world premieres featuring alumni, and performances from our many incredible student-ensembles.

Most concerts take place in our Elgar Concert Hall in the Bramall Music Building. Tickets are £5-£20, with special offers available for staff and students at

So why not make it your New Year's resolution to indulge yourself in some of the fantastic music here on campus! We look forward to welcoming you.

Interested? Stay updated on music events by following University Music & Concerts at University of Birmingham.


What can be done to fix Ofsted and bring the English school inspection system into line with most other countries?
Professor of Educational Leadership - and former inspector and headteacher - Prof Colin Diamond says it's time to make the service part of a school improvement system rather than an enforcer of government policy.

"The longer the current inspection regime endures, the more alienated the education profession will become. My current research with former inspectors reveals deep levels of dissatisfaction with the current inspection framework".

Read more of Prof Diamond's thoughts on this in his Conversation UK article:


Know someone who wants more information ahead of putting their uni application in?
The UCAS deadline is fast approaching so here's your chance to join us online and ask all of your last-minute questions about living and learning in Birmingham.

The webinar is on Wednesday, January 17 from 5-7pm.
Sign up here: #/modern/21FO00gws6xzz30013nipfdyy9


Did you know, the Cancer Research UK Clinical Trials Unit here at Birmingham is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for practice-changing cancer clinical trials and leads the way in paediatric clinical trials?
A new trial from the unit has shown that combining anti-tumour drugs with chemo may improve rare children’s cancer outcomes.
Now meet the Birmingham schoolboy who owes his life to the trial his parents said was their “last hope”.

Senior lead author of the paper, Prof Simon Gates, said: “These are very exciting results that hopefully get us closer to finding treatments for children who develop neuroblastomas. Currently, the outcomes are really poor for children who get this horrible cancer and so even seemingly small increases in the chance that a patient is going to be able to shrink their tumours is significant".
Read more about this breakthrough here:

Photos from University of Birmingham's post 10/01/2024

We love a campus romance, and even more so when they are multi-generational! Bryony met her husband on campus, 54 years after her grandparents met in the very same building.

Grandmother Janet says: 'We met at a Saturday night hop at the Guild of Students in 1960. In those days there was always a live band and it was a shilling a ticket. I remember running down the main stairs to get back to the nurses' accommodation by midnight and avoid being seen by the matron!"

Bryony says: 'I met my husband Matt in the same building as my grandparents at a Guild Musical Theatre Group rehearsal in 2014. We married in June 2023 and live in Birmingham with our rescue dog Zoe, near Grandma Janet, who remained in the West Midlands.

Did you meet your partner on campus? We'd love to hear from you! Read more campus romance stories in the latest edition of Old Joe Magazine here:


Welcome to 2024!
Your social media team are back. However so is the rain, so wrap up warm out there ☂️
Here's hoping we're heading for more days like this soon!


Wishing all our students, staff, alumni and friends around the world a very happy Christmas!
See you in 2024!


The University is now closed for the Christmas break and the social media team will also be taking a well-earned rest during this time!

Thank you to everyone who has messaged, engaged and joined in with our channels this year and made this space a great place to be ❤️

We will not be responding to messages or direct messages during this time, but will be back from January 2, 2024.

Many of our students remain on campus over this period, so here's a link with details to all the opening times and support available:
You can also find support available via the Guild of Students:

Merry Christmas all! 🎄


We have a little Christmas present to you - we asked our alumni, staff, donors and students to read an excerpt from The Nutcracker . . . Spot anyone you know?

The famous classical ballet version of this short story is a staple of Birmingham’s festive season, and we hope this video brings happy memories of your time at the University.


Can you challenge yourself to have a Holly, Jolly, Poly(mer) free Christmas?

Yes you can with some tips from our Plastic Free Network including how to think more sustainably about:
🎉 Christmas Jumpers & Party Wear
🎁 Gifts
🧀 Food packaging

And remembering, not everything can go in your recycling bin so make sure you check first!


Join us for Christmas at The Exchange, University of Birmingham for a day of festive family fun on Saturday 16 December!

Designed with families in mind, this festive extravaganza is packed with a wide range of FREE activities for all ages.
The programme includes everything from scheduled sensory music sessions, to storytelling workshops and drop-in craft activities. There will also be a festive cinema experience in the basement vaults throughout the day.

And the café will become host to University Music students playing your festive favourites over lunch.
There really is something for everyone!

🗓️ Saturday 16 Dec
🕙 10am-4pm
📍The Exchange, Birmingham city centre
To find out more visit:


Our annual University Carol Service will be bringing some festive cheer to the Great Hall this evening!
Staff, students, family, and friends, are invited to the celebration hosted by the Ecumenical Christian Chaplaincy and the Department of Music.
🗓️ Monday 11th December
🕠 Doors open 5.30pm
📍Great Hall
This traditional service of carols and readings is a hugely popular event on our academic calendar and will include music from the University Upper Voices Choir conducted by Mariana Rosas.
We look forward to seeing you there!


Join us at The Exchange, University of Birmingham to watch an official live stream of The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures next week. This year Prof Mike Wooldridge will be exploring the truth behind Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Across the series Mike will be joined by some major figures and scientists from the AI world. He will also introduce a range of robot friends, who will demonstrate what robots today can do – and what they can’t.
We'll be screening the livestream for the first of the three Christmas Lectures, and there will be fun activities throughout the evening linked with university research on robotics and AI. See you there!
🎟️ £5
🗓️ Tues Dec 12
🕕 6-8pm


The latest edition of our alumni magazine Old Joe is out!

This issue features everything from the graduate whose work could save a mother’s life every 24 minutes, to how to get published and tips for your mental health at work.
Plus everyone's favourite regular features!
Read it all here 👉

Photos from The Exchange, University of Birmingham's post 27/11/2023

Happy birthday to The Exchange!
If you haven't had the chance yet, do pop along and see what we've done to the old Municipal Bank 😊

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