Liberal Arts and Sciences students have the opportunity to experience a wide range of thought-provoking visits and events as part of our Cultural Programme.

We bring artists, social activists, journalists, and scholars to speak to you on campus, whilst also organising trips beyond the University to theatres, exhibitions and sports grounds. Importantly, the programme exists to give students and staff alike the opportunity to do something fun and get to know each other even better.

Birmingham, one the UK’s most diverse and vibrant cities, has always been at the heart of cultural and technological innovation in Britain, ranging from Shakespeare through to the Industrial Revolution and English Enlightenment, as well as our University's unique foundation as a civic institution.

Our Cultural Programme provides an important complement to your studies by introducing you to new experiences you might otherwise have not had.  In this way, the Programme helps to expand your education beyond the lecture hall or seminar room and into new and exciting spaces.  Attendance is free, all you have to do is sign up for events.

There have been many events since the Cultural Programme was introduced with an inaugural guest lecture from Mervyn Morris, the Poet Laureate of Jamaica.

Here are some of the activities that have taken place in recent years. We hope this gives you an idea of the exciting and diverse events that you can expect as a Liberal Arts and Sciences student at the University of Birmingham.

FINDING MY VOICE with Nadiya Hussain at Town Hall Birmingham - Nadiya highlights how, at the core of it all, we are essentially tackling the same issues despite our cultural, social and religious differences.

Visit to the Ashurst Emerging Artists Gallery in London – exhibition of winners 2019 (incl. our LANS graduate Sophie Peters), discussion of artwork with Ashurst team.

Exclusive screening of CLEFT LIP in the Electric Cinema Birmingham – a modern-day retelling of Oedipus Rex, followed by a Q&A with director Erik Knudsen.

Tour of the Jaguar Factory in Castle Bromwich – meeting Jaguar's robotic army, riveting, sealing and welding in perfect sync, with overhead platforms ensuring a first-class views, followed by a discussion of the future of the car industry.

A panel discussion on how to make change? During the Covid-19 pandemic we are seeking practical advice from social activists on how to utilise a momentum for positive change and take action!

LANS Distinguished Lecture by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on RUPTURES. Yasmin talked about female disrupters through the ages and shared her experiences of activism over several decades.

Hands-on workshop on how to make change through arts – with Maker-Activists from Art Blockers using Printmaking, Painting and Sewing to hand make Rebellious Objects for the promotion of XR.

Visit to the grounds of Forest Green Rovers – football match and exploring how the club became the ‘word’s greenest football club’.

Talk by Ben Hunte – Ben hashas reported on LGBT+ news for the BBC since 2019, telling us stories of hope, protest and activism as well as exposing policies that have impacted the lives of LGBTQIA+ people in the UK and worldwide.

Students are invited to suggest events themselves, so future Cultural Programme activities may encompass your own personal passions and intellectual pursuits.

If you have any questions about the Cultural Programme, or suggestions for future activities, then please contact the staff team in Liberal Arts and Sciences at las@contacts.ac.uk and we will be happy to help.