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

Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Conservatoire is an international conservatoire and a major concert venue, its main platform is the Adrian Boult Hall. Before 1989, it was known as the School of Music theBirmingham and was one of the faculties of Birmingham City University, the only one of the nine conservatoires in the UK it was a university faculty. However, in 2008, as part of the reorganization of the powers became a part of the Faculty of Performance, Media and English (PME).


Located in the Paradise Plaza, in downtown Birmingham between andChamberlain Square Centenary Square, the Conservatory was founded in 1886 as the Birmingham School of Music, which was a department, and is in the original site, the Birmingham and the Institute Midland, from about 1859. The title 'Birmingham Conservatoire "was adopted in 1989, with his diploma degree and award (GBSM and ABSM) renamed" Graduate / Associate of the Birmingham School of Music "to" Degree / Associate in the School of Music Birmingham, reflect the internal structure adopted for Creative Studies School of Orchestral Studies, Research Keyboard and Voice Studies. In 1995, the equivalent degree diploma GBSM was redesigned and revalidated to become a full title of Music (PMU) degree.

The future

The surrounding area, known as Paradise Circus is currently in a general development plan involving the flattening of the entire site. The development will include proposals for a new Adrian Boult Hall.

The Conservatory

Facilities include the 518 seat Adrian Boult Hall, Recital Hall, six studios and a specialized music library with about 95,000 scores and individual parts and 10,000 sound recordings. Most teachers are active professional musicians and nearly 200 teachers visiting specialists, there are approximately one staff member for every two students.

About 600 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Conservatory. Education exists in a wide range of options including solo performance, composition, chamber music, orchestral playing, music technology and jazz. Students in the four-year PMU (Hons) are encouraged to spend time studying in Europe or the U.S..

An active Junior Department also takes place on Saturdays.

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University is a university based in, and around, Bath, England. The institution was formerly known as Bath College of Higher Education, and later Bath Spa University College. He won the full university status in August 2005.


The institution traces its roots back to the founding of Bath School of Art in 1852, after the impact of the Great Exhibition of 1851. In 1946 Bath Teacher Training College was opened in Newton Park campus, as part of efforts to cover postwar wartime shortage of teaching a one-year course for ex-service people. The current institution was formed in 1975 as Bath College of Higher Education by the merger of the Institute of Teacher Education and Bath Bath College of Domestic Science. In 1983 Bath Academy of Art also merged into the university. In 1992, the university was granted degree-awarding powers in 1997 and adopted the name of Bath Spa University College. In March 2005 the institution was granted university status, becoming Bath Spa University, in August 2005. It has been placed on the 60, but it is usually somewhere in the 70 low-to-middle of the 120 UK universities in the leader boards.


Newton Park

The Newton Park campus, located west of Bath, close to the village of Newton St Loe, is the largest of the three campuses of the university. This is where most of the courses are taught, with the exception of Art and Design, and some of the PGCE courses. The campus is based in Newton Park in English grounds designed by landscape architect Lancelot "Capability" Brown and leased the Duchy of Cornwall. The site has a lake, nature reserve, forest and arable farmland. The Newton Park Campus is home to the majority of student accommodation, which consists of six rooms.

Michael Tippett Centre

Located in Newton Park is the Michael Tippett Center, which is the only purpose-built concert hall in Bath. Besides being used for teaching music, the center is used for exhibitions, musical performances and plays.

University Theatre

The University Theatre is also located on the campus of Newton Park and was part of a £ 5.7m plan designed by Fielden Clegg Bradley Architects LLP and was completed in 2006. It has an auditorium of 186 seats with full backstage and technical team, including three teaching studios large. The place is used by the School of Music and Performing Arts for teaching students, actors, directors, production managers, choreographers and dancers.

Corsham Court, Corsham

The University has established a new center in Corsham Court after an absence of over 20 years. Corsham Court became home to the Bath Academy of Art (now Bath School of Art and Design and the University), when its facilities were destroyed during World War II. Walter Sickert, who taught at the school who also mentored Lord Methuen RA, head of the Court. The center will include support for the development of research projects, graduate studies and research and study areas for artists and designers who are studying for masters and doctoral level, facilities for project work for all undergraduate and a series of lectures for the use of academic and support services across the University.

Sion Hill, Bath

Sion Hill campus is located in the north of Bath in Lansdown district. This campus houses the School of Art and Bath Design and Art and Design courses are taught here. Until 2009, the University also owned the nearby Somerset Square. The sale of this Georgian crescent listing was intended to fund a new campus in the city center. This development, along with the School of Design Innovation Dyson, did not proceed due to planning issues related to the site chosen by the river.

Culverhay, Bath

This campus is located in the South down area of 
​​Bath. It is next to Bath Community Academy (formerly Culverhay School) and was school blocks Humanities. The campus is home to most of the Postgraduate Certificate in University courses Education Secondary ½ years of education, including History, Music, English, Geography, Mathematics and Religious Education. Campus facilities are not as extensive as those found in Newton Park, but IT facilities and a common room.

Dartmouth Avenue, Bath

University School of Art and Design has established a new company in Dartmouth Avenue. The site was developed as a series of studies in painting and media, as well as a project space of year’s two students. This was done to compensate for the loss incurred space selling Somerset. The site has been expanded in an annexe to accommodate creative studios and a second, larger project space (the first is now mainly used for the drawing classes of life).

Burdall Yard, Bath

Burdall Yard is a Centre of the Arts School of Music and Performing Arts in downtown Bath. The center is used as a teaching space, testing and performance and also organizes cultural events. These have included, Party in the City (Bath Festival) and composition of UK Festival concert with singer / songwriter Eddi Reader.

Ashman Yard, Bath

The Theatre Production Center is in the yard Ashman between Newton Park campus and downtown Bath. This facility for the School of Music and Performing Arts was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Christina Slade, in 2012. Students based here practical work on the BA (Hons) Theatre Production course. Facilities include a construction workshop, sewing, prop making workshop, production office with Mac editing suite and a student common room.


Bath Spa railway station is on the Great Western and Wessex Main Line, with train services to several stations in the south of England, including London Paddington, Reading, Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour. Heart of Wessex line also lower Bath Spa and also serves Oldfield Park Railway Station, close to the main sites outside of the residence halls. Most services at both stations are operated by First Great Western.

Newton Park is served by bus service 15 (operated by First and formerly the SPA1, and before 418), which extends between the campus and the city center every 15 minutes during term time. At other times, the service is less frequent, although the service runs until 3am during term time for the benefit of students traveling to and from the clubs of the city. Services X39 and 337 offer an alternative to those who are able to walk driveway University.

Sion Hill is served by the 700 service uncommon, operated by independent local coaches TC. Other services, such as service and the service of a Ride andPark 31, operating in the near Lansdown Road.


The university continues to develop, especially in Newton Park Campus, where for a period of ten years the student accommodation should be demolished and new housing built in its place. Existing buildings can be modified to cope with the influx of students expected in the coming years. The Duchy of Cornwall, the owner of the university, issued objections to these plans.


Schools of Study

The University has six schools of study.

• Bath School of Art and Design is based in Sion Hill Avenue and Dartmouth campus "and teaches art art fine graphic communication, interactive media, media, design studios based materials and textile design visual culture.

• The Graduate School is responsible for the higher grades.

• The Faculty of Education Education taught as an academic subject, and also has the responsibility to provide PGCE and postgraduate studies in education.

• The Faculty of Humanities and Cultural Industries is responsible for undergraduate courses in English Literature and Creative Writing (including writing of Youth) and the Masters in Creative Writing (MACW). It also teaches subjects such as history, cultural studies, the study of religions, media and film studies.

• The School of Music and Performing Arts is responsible for courses in music, dance, theater and performing arts.

• The School of the Society, Business and Environment is responsible for the teaching of biology, environmental science, nutrition, food, geography, tourism management, psychology, sociology, health studies and business.

Partnership and collaboration

The University has formed partnerships with a number of regional education colleges and institutions. According to the Association, students take the first year of higher education course at the local university and, if successful, the rest of its course at Bath Spa University.

The partners are:

• Circomedia
• City of Bath College
• City of Bristol College
• New College, Swindon
• Norton Rad stock College
• Weston College
• Wiltshire College Salisbury and Trow bridge

Student life