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Birmingham City University (BCU)

Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Art and design, business, computing, education, engineering, English, healthcare, law, the performing arts, social sciences, and technology

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History, Affiliations and Rankings

Birmingham City University, located in the Birmingham region of England in the UK, is one of the most diversified cities to learn. It was designated as a polytechnic in 1971 and gained its status in 1992. The city of Birmingham, which shelters the Birmingham City University, is a prevalent metropolis borough in England and is West Midlands' unofficial capital. The University prides itself on providing high-quality, student-centred quality education in a professional and welcoming atmosphere. Various ranking organisations have also commended the university's efforts to provide high-quality education to all students who desire to continue further education at the university. The institution was named one of the top 200 Young Universities in the World for 2021 by Times Higher Education, while BCU was ranked in the 201-220 range by QS WUR Ranking by Subject 2021. The University is affiliated with the Association of Commonwealth Universities, University Alliance and Universities UK. The QS World University Rankings 2022 and THE World University Rankings 2022 rank BCU in the range of #1000-1200 and #501-600 respectively. Also, as per the Complete University Guide's University League Tables 2022 and the Guardian's the best UK universities 2022 – rankings, BCU ranks at #82 and #67 respectively. 

Infrastructure, Campuses & Courses

The University City Center Campus and the City South Campus are made up of different buildings targeting a variety of domains. Millennium Point, Curzon Building, Joseph Priestley Building, Parkside Building, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and University House are all located on the City Centre Campus. The City South Campus, on the other hand, includes Seacole Building, Bevan House, and Ravensbury House, as well as the Faculty of Health, Education, and Life Sciences. The university takes pride in its investment in campus buildings and infrastructure, focusing on providing students with the most up-to-date learning technology. Students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities that promote excellent learning due to a £340 million investment across the university's many sites. Additionally, Birmingham City University is one of England's most prestigious institutions, with almost 24,000 students. Its four faculties namely Arts, Design, and Media; Computing, Health, Education, and Life Sciences, Business, Law, and Social Sciences; Engineering, and the Built Environment are responsible for various specialisations and courses (undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research, foundation, short-term and part-time). The institution also offers distance learning to people who are unable to attend one of its campuses. It accepts students from all around the world and provides them with scholarships and bursaries. Many of the university's courses have internationally recognised accreditations, such as the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).

Accomplishments & Alumni

Birmingham City University has been named a National Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for health and social care. The institution features a virtual operating suite for health students on campus, which is the first of its kind in England. In addition, 97% of Birmingham City University graduates are employed or enrolled in further education within 6 months after graduation, ranking them 8th in the UK. Regardless of any course or programme you pick, BCU will help you advance in your career, make a higher income, and realise your full potential. Also, the university's 1,700-strong team of teaching staff come from and maintain their links with industry and the professions, ensuring that the students benefit directly from their knowledge, insight and contacts.The university's alumni network has grown significantly over time. Some of its notable alumni include Nichola Coughlan (Actress), Catherine Tyldesley (Actress), Frank Skinner (Comedian), Jonnie Irwin (Television Presenter), Rhydian Roberts (Welsh Baritone), among others. While BCU is proud of its alumni, it is also proud of its effect on society through research, which, according to the most recent audit, delivered an 'exceptional' or 'significant' external impact in 90% of cases. Birmingham City University also claims creative teaching, where students will be educated using the most up-to-date teaching methods, equipment, and software, providing them with the practical knowledge they will need in the workplace. 

Student Diversity & Visiting Companies 

Currently, Birmingham City University has a student body of nearly 25,800. International students make up about 8-12% of the University's student body, and they come from over 100 different countries. In the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak, BCU has also joined the University Mental Health Charter Program, which aims to strengthen assistance for staff and student mental health. The university is likewise dedicated to instilling the greatest corporate responsibility standards across the institution, working to the highest ethical standards, and training students to be socially, economically, and ecologically responsible citizens. Also, the university's career and job prospects service helps foreign students discover vacation and part-time work. This is made possible by Birmingham City University's collaboration with firms such as CISCO, Microsoft, Cartier, Sony, Jaguar Land Rover, and others, all of which contribute to the development of cutting-edge curricula.

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