Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University (BCU abbreviated, and previously Birmingham Polytechnicand the University of Central England in Birmingham) is a post-1992 universityin the British city of Birmingham, England. It is the second largest of the three universities in the city, the other two being the Aston University and the University of Birmingham. Initially established as the College of Art in Birmingham, with roots going back to 1843, was appointed in 1971 and obtained apolytechnic university status in 1992.
The university has eight campuses serving six faculties, and offers courses in art and design, business, built environment, information technology, education, engineering, English, health, law, the arts, social sciences and technology. An extension of EUR 125 million proposal from its campus in the city center of Birmingham, within the Eastside development of new technology and learning quarter, is open in two stages, the first stage opened in 2013. The university is a designated Skillset Media Academy, a Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning for health and social care, and a member of the group + million new universities.
Birmingham City University is the largest provider of West Midlands of higher education for undergraduate study, and its portfolio of part-time courses is one of the largest in the United Kingdom. About half of full-time college students are from the West Midlands, and a large percentage of them are ethnic minorities. The university conducts programs access and foundation through an international network of partner universities and colleges of education, and has the highest consumption of foreign students in the Birmingham area.
Before becoming a university in 1992, was conducted by the City of Birmingham, was the second Birmingham Polytechnic, the first of Birmingham Polytechnic institutions that existed in the mid-19th century for ten years.
Birmingham Polytechnic
In the 1960s, changes were made in the higher education system creating an expansion of polytechnics as a professional alternative to the typical college oriented.
The City of Birmingham Education Committee was invited to present a program for the creation of a technical college has a number of different schools in the city in 1967. In late 1969, the director of the Polytechnic was announced. Although the city lagged behind other parts of the country, Birmingham finally won a polytechnic in 1971 - then the 27th in the UK - appointed by the Secretary of Education, Margaret Thatcher as the City of Birmingham Polytechnic.
State University
The Higher Education Act 1992 and polytechnics allowed everyone to adopt the title of "university". The name of the University of Central England in Birmingham was approved by the Privy Council on 16 June 1992. The name change came in time for the new academic year beginning in the same year. Students who graduated in mid-1992 received certificates bearing the name of Central University in England, although its entire study took place in the polytechnic. The original design was created by Amba Frog Design after a meeting with representatives of the university student councils.
In 1995, two more schools were absorbed-Birmingham and Solihull College of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of X-Ray West Midlands and Birmingham School of Jewellery opened on the street in Birmingham Jewellery Vittoria. The Faculty of Engineering and Computer Technology was the basis for the creation of the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) in 2000. The following year he joined the Faculty of Health School of Health Studies Defence.
In 2003, the university proposed a merger with the University of Birmingham. The University of Birmingham immediately rejected the proposal. In November 2003, the university pursues merger of UCE and Aston University, Birmingham another university, which, according to The Guardian, "would create an institution of 32,000 students with a turnover of £ 200 million." The plans were announced by the then Vice-Chancellor Peter Knight, and approved by teachers. The new institution will use the established name Aston University, and the employment of all staff members UCE and employment conditions remained intact, although Vice Chancellor Knight would not be part of your team. The estimated completion date of August 2006 merger.
Aston University Council discussed the proposal during a meeting on December 3, 2003 and concluded that it should be rejected. In a statement, the university said "While the Board respects UCE distinctive mission, does not share the UCE analysis of potential opportunities that may result from any merger," citing the factors that influence such as the Aston approach to research and teaching, "significant differences between the missions and strategies" of Aston and UCE, and the negative impact it would have long discussions at both institutions. Suggested Aston, UCE Birmingham University and instead should begin discussions on the contribution of the three universities for the future of higher education locally and regionally.
In August 2005, the University of Central England UCE Birmingham rebranded as for marketing and promotional purposes, but the original name was retained for official use. This decision was overturned in March 2007 after the arrival of a new rector, and the University of Central England's most complete title in Birmingham was raised for all purposes.
In June 2007, it was announced that the University is renamed, with three proposed names: Birmingham City University, Birmingham Chamberlain University of Birmingham and the Metropolitan University. Staff and students (both current and former students) were asked to complete a survey on what they wanted the name to be changed. On October 1, 2007, Vice-Chancellor David Tidmarsh unveiled renaming of UCE Birmingham Birmingham City University. 48.2% of those who voted in the poll voted for this name, although 62.1% of the staff had voted in favor of the Metropolitan University of Birmingham. The University of Birmingham Council had previously reported that its preferred UCE was Birmingham Metropolitan University, and Birmingham Chamberlain University considered "unacceptable" by Joseph Chamberlain historical involvement and association with the University of Birmingham.
The proposed name change was met with mixed reactions from students and staff of the Student Union. A common argument is that money should be spent on construction and repair facilities, and some students were ignored by the establishment. The reason for the name change was a perceived confusion of the location of the university and give a "shorter, more powerful name." The renaming of the university, which includes signage and stationery change, cost £ 285,084.
Current university logo, designed by Marketing BHMG based in Birmingham, is based on the tiger on the crest originally used when he was awarded university status. The ridge itself originated in the Birmingham Business School, one of the institutions that form the Polytechnic in 1971. In 2009, the logo was revised to include the word "CITY" in capital letters on the first line instead of lowercase in the second.
The university is planning a new "flagship" campus in Birmingham City Centre, next to the existing facilities at Millennium Point. The downtown campus will be a £ 125 million development as part of the development of Birmingham to the east, and will include 35,000 and 45,000 square meters of accommodation and be the new home of the media, the arts and learning engineering. Existing facilities at the Gosta Green and Bournville Campus moved to the new facility, as the university seeks to reduce the number of occupied campus.

Birmingham City University Campus

Throughout its history, the university has been spread across a number of different sites in Birmingham. From 2013, the university is in the following schools:

• City North Campus is located in Perry Barr, Birmingham. This campus has the Birmingham Business School City, Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences, and a part of the Faculty of Performance, Media and English;

• City Centre Campus, located at Millennium Point, is home to Birmingham School of Acting and the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and Environment (formerly the Technology Innovation Centre). A new art, design and media building is being built next to the existing facility and will open in 2013;

• Gosta Green, the main house of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) until September 2013;

• Vittoria Street in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, home of the School of Jewellery (BIAD);

• Margaret Street, home of the School of Fine Arts (BIAD), formerly headquarters of the Birmingham School of Art;

• Birmingham Conservatoire, located in the center of Birmingham;

• City South Campus, on Westbourne Road in Edgbaston, home to both-together with the Defence College of Health Care, part of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM), based in Selly Oak Hospital and moderate student accommodation;

• Bournville Campus, home of Birmingham City University International College.

• The university is planning a "flagship" extension of its campus in Birmingham City Centre, next to the existing facilities at Millennium Point. The downtown campus will be a £ 150 million development as part of Birmingham Eastside development, with art, design and media students move into Phase 1 of the development in 2013, with business studies, education, law and social after phase 2 of the new building is completed. Existing facilities at the Gosta Green, Bournville and schools City North Campus will move to the city center as the university seeks to reduce the number of occupied campus.

• Facilities

• The New Technology Institute (NTI) is a business and IT training center in central Birmingham, in partnership with Aston University and the University of Birmingham. Screen Media Lab, part of the Birmingham School of Media, is a specially designed for enterprise and innovation in the media of the display and visual design. International Project Space (IPS) is an art gallery located in the Visual Arts Centre Bournville.

• Moor Lane is a sports training business, conference and near the town of North Campus. Previously, a dedicated sports center is located behind The Coppice, a block of student accommodation next to the North Campus of the city, and includes tennis courts, bowling, soccer and rugby fields, running track and a social club . The university announced a £ 7 million sports complex will be built on the site, before the Ansells Sports Club, with construction to begin in mid-2008 for completion in 2009. Downtown, City North Sports Centre, opened on January 4, 2010 and includes a gym, fitness classes, and a sports hall.

• Wragge & Co Lawyers have advised Birmingham City University in outsourcing work to the sports center of the international service company Serco. Under a new 10-year agreement, the FTSE 100 companies will run both the sports center and the Pavilion of existing sports facilities at Perry Barr.

• Accommodation

• The Coppice and Oscott Gardens residential halls of residence are located adjacent to the City North Campus. Hamstead Campus is a purely residential campus located near the northern city, in Handsworth Wood, including a Grade II Hall built in 1881.

• There are homes in the City South Campus, used primarily by nursing students, while the university also has access to a number of rooms in private rooms in the city center.

Birmingham Conservatoire Departments

• Brass
• Chamber Music
• Composition
• Conducting (Choral)
• Conducting (Orchestral)
• Early Music
• Jazz
• Keyboard
• Music Technology
• Percussion
• Performing Ensembles
• Ropes
• Voice and Operatic
• Woodwind


Conservatory students perform regularly in concert halls of the Conservatory, and also national and international directors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre Boulez, Sakari Oramo, Paul Spicer and Jeffrey Skidmore.

The Conservatory collaborates with other music schools, colleges, academies and conservatories worldwide, including participating in the SOCRATES student and staff exchange program.


• Granville Bantock (1900 -?)
Birmingham Conservatoire
• George Caird (1993 - 2010)
• Kevin Thompson (1988 - 1993)
• Roy Wales (1987 - 1988)


Birmingham Conservatoire offers an array of pre-university level (Junior Conservatory) for PhD.

• Bachelor of Music degrees
• UBM (Hons)
• UBM (Hons) Jazz
• Bachelor of Science honors degree
• BSc (Hons) Music Technology
• Postgraduate Diploma in Jazz
• Postgraduate Certificate
• PgCert
• Postgraduate Diploma
• PgDip (Music)
• PgDip (Musical Theatre) - To be delivered in conjunction with the Birmingham School of Acting.
• Advanced Graduate Diploma
• Advanced PgDip
• Master of Music
• Master of Philosophy
• MPhil
• Doctor of Philosophy
• Doctorate


Birmingham Conservatoire has about 50 full-time members of staff including professional musicians active, internationally renowned artists, composers, conductors, scholars and educators. In addition, nearly 200 highly acclaimed specialist teachers, musicians and scholars visit the Conservatory to give master classes and guest lectures or to serve as visiting faculty. For a full list of staff (including support staff), see personal website Birmingham Conservatoire