The University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham has a high level of academic excellence and a reputation for strong research encouraging students to learn by enquiry.
The University of Birmingham
It is believed that Birmingham University was the first and original redbrick university in the UK.
The University of Birmingham also boasts the first established Students Union (Guild of Students) in the country. High levels of excellence in Sport having remained in the top three in the BUSA inter-university sports teams rankings for over the past 15 years. The university has a strong tradition in music and has the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (one of Europe's best small art galleries) based on campus.
The university has a friendly community - students frequently comment on the advantages of being a campus University, so close to the heart of a city and offering a strong campus based social life which is enhanced by the offerings of the city nearby.
Facilities for Education
The University printed collections are housed in the main library and nine site libraries and resource centres. There is also a growing electronic collection of resources, books, periodicals, databases available via the campus network and externally through the internet.
By continually investing in technology, facilities, resource and people, they aim to support the high quality research and learning environment the university aspires to. A range of services are available at the library service points, including book loans, stationary sales. There is help for students in the library as well an online support.
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts has an outstanding collection of Old Masters alongside modern classics. You’ll see works by Bellini, Poussin, Rubens, Gainsborough, Rossetti, Monet, Degas and Magritte. They also have a regular programme of exhibitions, concerts, lectures and events - all open to the public.
15-20 minutes walking distance from the main campus and approximately 3km from Birmingham city centre, The Vale currently comprises of 7 residence sites and houses approximately 2,700 students in a variety of types of accommodation. At the heart of the village is The Hub which boasts fantastic facilities for all residents and non-residents. It comprises 'Fusion' - dining area; 'Bar One' - main bar and nightclub; 'Upper Rio's' - contemporary coffee bar and 'Lower Rio's' bottle bar and nightclub. There is also a Costcutter, The Vale convenience store and a 24 hour cash machine.
Guild of Students
If you’re a student at the University of Birmingham, then you’re automatically a member of the Guild of Students. As a charity and the students’ union for more than 34,000 students, they help you develop skills outside of study, have fun, meet new people, represent you to the University and make sure you get the best from Birmingham! This includes Fab N Fresh - the weekly and legendary Saturday night club night at the students' union.
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