Birmingham has a long history of innovation. While our buildings and campus might exude a sense of tradition, Birmingham has never been conventional and we are always keen to adopt new ideas.
It is widely accepted that Birmingham was the first English civic or 'redbrick' university – established to support the ambitions of its home city, but we have a string of other ‘firsts’ under our belt.
Birmingham was the first university to –
Build on a campus model – occupying a 276-acre green parkland around the University, only three miles from the heart
of the city
Create a purpose-built students’ union building – the
student voice remains at the heart of our decision-making
Incorporate a Medical School – now part of our College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Open a Faculty of Commerce – which makes our Business School the longest established in the country
Provide a women’s hall of residence – far-sighted in the early 1900’s; Birmingham continues to welcome students from all backgrounds, nations and religions
Offer a sporting option for all students – sport and sporting excellence, along with music, are the cornerstones of Birmingham's cultural life