Our investment in our Estate is not confined to our main Edgbaston campus, with several exciting and pioneering developments taking place elsewhere. This ranges from the first secondary University Training School in the country to a high temperature research centre.
University of Birmingham School
The University of Birmingham School will admit its first pupils in September 2015. Currently being constructed on our Selly Oak campus just a mile from the main campus, the School will be academically non-selective for 11 to 16-year-olds with an academic sixth form.
The aim of the School is to transform lives by creating a learning community that will utilise the wonderful facilities of a new building and exploit its close association with the University to provide an unrivalled educational experience for all of its pupils.
The School, which will be free to attend, seeks to bring pupils together from different social and cultural backgrounds from various locations across the city to create an environment that reflects the diversity of Birmingham and provides opportunities for everyone to excel.
Principal Michael Roden joined us in April 2014 from King Edward’s Camp Hill where he was previously headmaster. Details regarding admissions, curriculum and ethos of the School as well as information on open events can all be found on the School website.
Institute of Translational Medicine
The Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) is a joint initiative between University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Children’s Hospital as part of Birmingham Health Partners (BHP).
The ITM is being created inside the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital and is on course for completion in summer 2015. It will build on Birmingham’s excellent track record in clinical trials and help progress the very latest scientific research findings from the University into enhanced treatments for patients across a range of major health issues including cancer and liver disease. The ITM will increase capacity and enable more patients to be co-located alongside clinicians and researchers. It will also make it easier for firms to engage with clinicians and academics, bringing additional investment into the city.
High Temperature Research Centre
The High Temperature Research Centre (HTRC) is a joint collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce located at Ansty Park, near Coventry. The 5,800 sqm Centre is funded through a £40M investment by Rolls-Royce plc, matched by a £20M government grant through the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) and construction started in Spring 2014.
The Centre will be a unique casting, design, simulation and advanced manufacturing research facility and will focus initially on the key design and manufacturing aspects of investment casting.
The Biomedical Innovation Hub is currently being constructed on Birmingham Research Park, adjacent to the University. The Research Park is a long-standing and successful joint venture between the University and Birmingham City Council, and it is intended that the Bio Hub complements the existing activity on the Park by offering fully serviced biomedical laboratory specifically designed to provide entrepreneurs and innovative start-ups with access to affordable laboratory facilities and equipment. It is due to open in late 2014.
The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) will be a world-leading centre in the understanding of how forests react to the combined threats of climate change and invasive pests or diseases.
It will include the Free-Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment in the research woodland in Staffordshire Mill Haft. The forest FACE experiment is described by researchers as the ecological version of the Large Hadron Collider, except that it must be built using the equivalent of keyhole surgery, so that the woodland is not disturbed in the process of setting up the experiment.
The Institute is hoped to be up and running by spring 2016.