The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower - affectionately known as Old Joe - is one of the many things that make our campus so special. Built in 1905, Old Joe has seen over 300,000 students graduate from the university and remains an integral part of campus life.
Here are a few facts about everyone’s favourite clock tower:
He was built thanks to a charitable gift to the University
@oldjoeclock has his own Twitter account
He’s the tallest free standing clock tower in the world
A pair of peregrine falcons happily nest at the top every year
Superstitious students believe it’s bad luck to walk under Old Joe before you graduate
A double decker bus could fit through the clock face
Old Joe sported a big red bow this year on Student Philanthropy Day to celebrate charitable giving.
He’s not just a pretty face - Old Joe is also a water tower and services the University!
Your university life is just beginning and is the start of a life-long relationship with Birmingham, which will continue long after you graduate.
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