School and department news

A selection of news from around the University. To find out about your school or department, visit:

From the College of Arts and Law

Modern Languages 

Using alumni funding, the Department  has made a short film capturing  the variety and talents of students,  academics and alumni to inspire  the next generation of linguists. 

War Studies 

The centenary of the beginning of the First World War  will be marked with the Birmingham Great War Lecture  Series: Road to War, featuring noted academics  examining the events which led to the outbreak of war.  In October, the work of war artist C R Nevinson will  be discussed during an exhibition at the Barber Institute  of Fine Arts.

From the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

A study has been launched investigating the effects to the brains of  sportspeople in the aftermath of a concussion. Jointly led by Dr Michael J  Grey, Reader in Motor Neuroscience, and Tony Belli from Queen Elizabeth  Hospital, the research will particularly look at ‘second impact syndrome’, which  occurs when a player who has sustained one concussion receives a second  bang to the head. It is hoped the study could eventually lead to a completely  objective test for sportspeople suspected of suffering a concussion, aiding in  the difficult decision of whether to return to play.

From the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Chemistry; Metallurgy and Materials

Two schools have won funding from the Engineering  and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for  Centres for Doctoral Training; Physical Sciences for  Health in the School of Chemistry and Innovative Metal  Processing in the School of Metallurgy and Materials.


The College will be holding an Alumni Reunion on 14  June 2014 for all graduates, with an opportunity to visit  schools, catch up with colleagues and meet students.  Invitations have been sent, please visit to book your place. The new  College Research Brochure can be downloaded at

From UBSport

A new film showcasing sport at Birmingham is aiming to encourage  all students to make sport a part of  their time at the University. Featuring  sports as diverse as football,  basketball, cheerleading, lacrosse,  rugby and more, the film is set to  the theme tune of You Are My  Birmingham sung by student Katie  Lavine (BMus Music).

From the College of Social Sciences

The Centre for Research in  Ethnic Minority Enterprise  (CREME)

With a mission to make diversity  and enterprise everyone’s  business, CREME is now based  in Birmingham Business School.  The Centre, headed by Professor  Monder Ram OBE, delivers  leading-edge expertise on business  support for ethnic minority  entrepreneurs, while working to  transform perceptions through  its work with policy makers and  influential organisations.  Learn more

From the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Physician Associate training

A new-look Postgraduate Diploma in Physician Associate Studies has  been launched by the University in partnership with University Hospitals  Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and other Midlands Trusts. Although  relatively new to the UK, the NHS is planning rapid growth in coming  years of the role, which supports doctors in the diagnosis and  management of patients.

Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM)

A new £24 million medical research area is to bring together  academics, clinicians and industry. On the old Queen  Elizabeth (QE) Hospital site, the ITM will house  experts from the new QE Hospital, the University,  and Birmingham Children’s Hospital; and host  pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies,  all focusing on early phase clinical trials.