University of Birmingham

University in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

The University of Birmingham (or Birmingham University) is a British red brick university in the city of Birmingham, England.[4][5][6][7] It is based in the suburb of Edgbaston. It got its royal charter in 1900, and included the Birmingham Medical School (founded 1825) and Mason Science College (1875).[8]

University of Birmingham
MottoLatin: Per Ardua Ad Alta
Motto in English
"Through efforts to high things" [1]
Established1900 – gained University Status by Royal Charter
1825 – Medical School
Endowment£78.1 million[2]
ChancellorThe Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE
Vice-ChancellorSir David Eastwood
VisitorHer Majesty the Queen
Students26,073 [3]
Location, ,
United Kingdom

52°27′2″N 1°55′50″W / 52.45056°N 1.93056°W / 52.45056; -1.93056
CampusUrban, Suburban
ColoursBlue, Gold, Red
AffiliationsRussell Group
Universitas 21
Universities UK

Birmingham was the first redbrick university to get university status.[9] It is a member of the Russell Group of research universities and a founding member of Universitas 21. Birmingham is one of the 12 institutions in England with highest entry requirements.[10]

The student population includes around 19,000 undergraduate and 9,000 postgraduate students, making the 11th largest in the UK.[11] As of 2011 it is the seventh most popular English university by number of applications.[12]

In 2010 Birmingham was ranked as the 10th most popular British university by graduate employers. The annual income of the institution for 2010-11 was £470.7 million, with an expenditure of £443.7 million.[13] Birmingham has the ninth largest financial endowment of any British university at approximately £85 million in 2009.[14]

Birmingham is ranked nationally between 10th [15] and 23rd.[16] Internationally it is 99th in the 2010 rankings,[17] and 67th in the 2011 rankings.[18] The Sunday Times composite ranking put the university 19th from 1998 to 2007.[19] Birmingham was ranked 12th in the 2008 research assessment.[20]


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