Community engagement

We are proud of our origins in the city of Birmingham. Today, our research, graduates, staff and partnerships all contribute towards the health of the city and the region’s business, communities and citizens.

The University contributes to the city and region in a number of ways. From our Community Day to the research-based relationships with local businesses, we continue to deliver Joseph Chamberlain’s vision of a university committed to improving the future of the city.

Community Day and the Birmingham Proms

Held on alternate years, these two free events open up Birmingham’s beautiful and historic campus to the wider community.

This year, the University of Birmingham will host the first ‘Birmingham Proms in Chancellor’s Court’ on Saturday 11 June, a free outdoor evening concert for the whole community which will culminate in a spectacular firework display.

The University Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniele Rosina, will feature young opera stars and University Alumni, Lauren Morris and Philippa Althaus and an evening of full of Proms favourites, popular classics and songs from The Sound of Music.

Industry and University collaboration

The University of Birmingham is firmly amongst the leading research universities in the UK. Like a business maintaining its competitive advantage, we do this through continual innovation - by tackling the great challenges of our day, breaking new ground and making important things happen. In 2015 the University of Birmingham announced its new Strategic Framework, which charts a course that will, among other things, position our institution as a University wholly committed to growing and developing our partnerships with business.

A large and broad university, we specialise in advanced manufacturing, formulation engineering, cyber security, translational medicine, health and medical technology, low carbon energy, and railways; as well as working with public policy, banking, the NHS, and local and national government.

We work with leading global players from within these sectors such as: Airbus, Astra Zeneca, BP, Ford, GKN, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Pfizer, Rolls-Royce, Network Rail, and BAE Systems.

If you are a business, either start-up, SME or Large corporate, and are keen to find out how we may be able to help you, please visit our Business pages.

Outreach activities with schools and colleges

At the University of Birmingham we have an extensive range of programmes and activities for prospective students and their influencers. This consists of work with primary, secondary and further education students as well as parents, teachers and careers advisors. The Outreach team work specifically with students in the West Midlands who have the potential to success at University, but for a variety of reasons, may not have considered higher education a possibility. The University aims to encourage applications from the most gifted and talented individuals regardless of school, socio-economic status or ethnic grouping.

For further information on our programmes and activities please visit our Outreach page.

Access to Birmingham (A2B)

The University of Birmingham has a long history of welcoming students from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds. We were one of the first universities to set up a fair access scheme for local students in 2000 and are proud to be able to offer prospective applicants the support of our A2B scheme if they are studying at one of our partner institutions. A2B works with partner schools and colleges in the West Midlands to support local students whose parents haven’t had the opportunity to benefit from higher education.