Westmere is the postgraduate researcher hub at the University of Birmingham.
The Westmere Postgraduate Researcher Hub (Westmere House; G15 on the campus map) provides a centre dedicated to supporting the professional and personal development and wellbeing of postgraduate researchers from across the University’s five Colleges.
The Westmere Hub provides a supportive and friendly environment for workshops, conferences, training, networking and social events that are specifically tailored to postgraduate researchers and which are delivered by key services from across the University. In addition to the University Graduate School, these services include Library Services, the Careers Network and the Birmingham International Academy.
The University Graduate School values and encourages postgraduate researcher-led personal and professional development and engagement activities and welcomes all postgraduate researchers to book space within Westmere to organise their own events. There are four spaces available to book:
The Seminar Room;
The Foyer and the Social Space;
and the Garden.
There is also a Lounge available for informal meetings and socialising.
Each year the University Graduate School recruits five Westmere Scholars (one from each College), who lead the way in bringing our postgraduate researchers from across disciplines together for social and networking events. Examples of previous events include wellbeing (e.g. yoga, mindfulness), social (e.g. speed networking, movie nights), and celebratory (e.g. PGR Ball, Easter) events.
What our students say about Westmere
"It is a beautiful building and a lovely environment to work in"
"There is a really nice atmostphere from the variety of activities happening every day - people working, seminars, lunch breaks and social events"
"An inclusive, diverse and active student community"
For any questions you have about Westmere, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the University Graduate School via our email address or Twitter feed.