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.
The University of Birmingham has welcomed international students since 1900. Today we have one of the largest international student communities in the UK with over 4,000 students from more than 150 countries worldwide currently studying with us.
In addition, 27% of our academic staff are from outside the UK, demonstrating that Birmingham is seeking to attract the brightest talent to its academic community from around the globe.
Birmingham is making strides to increase its position as one of the world’s leading universities. We start from a strong base, as these figures demonstrate –
- In the QS World University Rankings, we ranked 77th in the 2012/13 rankings out of the top 200. We are 15th out of 30 UK Institutions in the top 200.
- We are 84th in the 2012 Economist Which MBA ranking
- We currently have 4,863 students from around 138 countries amongst our student community – the fourth-largest population of international students at any UK higher education institution, and the largest international postgraduate community in the UK
- Of our academic staff, 27% are overseas nationals
- Birmingham is one of the UK’s major participants in the Erasmus programme which encourages student exchanges between leading European institutions: the scheme has 236 partner universities across continental Europe, as well as links with 45 universities outside Europe
- We are a founder member of Universitas 21, a global network of 23 research-led universities in 15 countries