Our impact

Medical research

For more than a century, research from our University has created a major impact on the city, the region and the world. Our early research has had a lasting impact on lives, culture, industry and society: our current research aspires to do the same.

In the 20th century we pioneered transplant surgery, the use of microwaves and created artificial Vitamin C. In the 21st century we continue to break new ground.

We are trialling vaccines to fight cancer caused by a common virus

The trial of a vaccine which can treat some forms of cancer caused by a common herpes virus known as the Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) was developed by Cancer Research UK with technology developed by researchers at Birmingham. Find out more about cancer research at Birmingham.

We are studying the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands

Thanks to a transformational gift of £15 million, a new Birmingham Institute for Forest Research (BIFoR) will be established by the University to study the impact of climate and environmental change on woodlands. In addition to on-campus laboratories, the Institute will comprise ground-breaking field facilities, enabling scientists to take measurements from deep within the soil to above the tree canopy. 

We are developing tools to evaluate and improve major road networks across the world

The School of Civil Engineering's research into evaluating and improving major road networks has been ranked top 20 for research impact by the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences. It is the de facto standard used by the World Bank to appraise road network investments, helping to connect millions of people worldwide.

We are using cutting-edge technology to map the past

A host of previously unknown archaeological monuments have recently been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an unprecedented digital mapping project led by the University of Birmingham. Over the past five years, the project has been using cutting-edge geophysical technologies to map the ancient site at an unprecedented spatial scale and resolution.

We are shaping the debate around drone technology

The sixth University of Birmingham Policy Commission examines the security implications for the British Government of civilian and military drone technology, and looks at the unavoidable choices facing the United Kingdom over this crucial emerging technology. The Commission's work aims to cut through the over-simplifications and misconceptions that shape much of the current British debate on the subject. 

Did you know?

The University of Birmingham counts 11 Nobel Prize winners amongst its former staff and students.