University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

About us

About us:

Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives.

We continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed our work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.

Universities are never complete. They develop as new challenges and opportunities occur. At Birmingham we innovate, we push the frontiers of understanding; we ask new research questions, we turn theory through experiment into practice – because that’s what great universities do.

A brief history:

The University grew out of the radical vision of our first Chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain. Founded in 1900, Birmingham represented a new model for higher education. This was England’s first civic university, where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis.

Birmingham has continued to be a university unafraid to do things a little differently, and in response to the challenges of the day. It was a founder member of the National Union of Students and the first university in the country to:

  1. be built on a campus model
  2. establish a faculty of commerce
  3. incorporate a medical school
  4. offer degrees in dentistry
  5. create a women’s hall of residence
  6. have a purpose-built students’ union building


The University of Birmingham was established by Queen Victoria by Royal Charter in 1900 and was the UK’s first civic or ‘redbrick’ university. The first phase of building work on the campus was completed in 1909 under the auspices of the esteemed architect Sir Aston Webb. We celebrated the centenary of those buildings in July 2009.

Equality and Diversity 

University of Birmingham Careers in HE

We are a global community. We believe our diversity is a source of strength that underpins the exchange of ideas, innovation and debate at the heart of our academic mission.


The University was founded in 1900 on an anti-discrimination ethos accepting men and women on an equal basis. Today, as a community of over 150

nationalities in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities, we remain committed to promoting equality, diversity and fairness irrespective of age, disability, gender, pregnancy or marital status, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity.


We value our diversity and provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of the University community, from developing support for students who are carers to our inter-faith events, we also offer dedicated disability services, a wide range of support groups and a multi-faith chaplaincy. We are working to promote race equality and hold a Bronze Race Equality Charter Award. The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter award and is actively seeking to improve the number of women in STEMM subjects and at senior levels throughout our institution. We are proud to be members of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index and Global Champions.

Our Equality Scheme ‘Advancing Equality, Valuing Diversity’ (PDF – 2.42MB) sets out the University’s equality objectives and actions for 2016-2020. Our Gender Pay Gap Report 2019 (PDF – 997Kb) shows the difference in the mean and median pay and bonuses of men and women, the proportion of men and women who received bonus pay and the proportion of men and women in each of four quartile pay bands. It also addresses the reasons for the pay gap and provides a summary of the action which is being taken to address the gap.University of Birmingham Careers in HE

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