Enjoy a selection of news stories from the Spring 2014 issue of Old Joe. If you have some news you would like to share with us, please email

The first word

Our wonderful campus holds a special place in the hearts of all our graduates. A few words from Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Eastwood.

The year in pictures

A selection of standout images from across campus.

Festival books its name as a hot ticket

Talent shines through in a celebration of words encompassing fact, fiction, poetry, journalism and even Scrabble.

A digital taste of higher education

Learners across the world can now access Birmingham expertise from  anywhere with an internet connection.

Nine (and a half) degrees of Birmingham

The last issue of Old Joe featured three generations of Birmingham alumni from the same family, and asked you to share your family history at the University.

Chinese rail partnership is on track

A new rail research institute in the Anhui province marks a major milestone in the  University’s burgeoning relationship with  China and its hopes for future research  capability in the region.

International Development celebrates golden anniversary

It’s 50 years since the International Development Department (IDD) opened  its doors and, to mark the occasion,  the Department is celebrating with  a series of events and seminars.

Work begins on landmark dental hospital

Building work has begun on a new University dental hospital and dental  school at the former BBC Pebble Mill  Studios site in Edgbaston.

Taking on a challenge

An example of the Circles of Influence campaign in action is our  Chancellor’s Challenge Fund appeal.

Alumni volunteers make an impact

From mentoring students to establishing new groups for Birmingham graduates, our alumni volunteers have made a real difference to the University over the past year. Here are some of the ways you have helped.

Work kicks off on £55 million sports centre

New centre will cater for everyone from community users to students, staff and elite athletes.

Seismic scientific celebrations

A celebration of science, engineering and technology is coming to campus  in September after the University was  chosen to host the British Science  Festival 2014.

Principal appointed for University school

Marking a critical step towards its launch, the University of Birmingham  School has appointed its Principal.

Meet Pete the Beaker

Watch our new animation for World Cancer Day 2014.

Rare bone legs it to Lapworth

A gift from an alumnus has enabled the Lapworth Museum   of Geology to buy an exceptionally rare dinosaur leg bone.

Get involved with the Barber

If you’ve ever wanted to have your say on the Barber Institute of Fine Arts’  exhibitions and collections, the new  Barber Association is the society for you.

BizzInn kick-starting businesses

New businesses with innovative technology-based concepts  can access a range of valuable  services through the University’s  BizzInn initiative.

School and department news

A selection of news from around the University.