Working in Higher Education

Higher Education is a large, global sector, and with over 170 institutions in the UK alone there are a huge range of opportunities. As the environment around us changes, Higher Education is becoming increasingly competitive and fast-moving, making it an exciting and dynamic sector in which to work. 

The sector

Part of the excitement of working in Higher Education is interacting daily with highly intelligent people, contributing to the education of future generations and engaging with cutting edge research. Universities are large and complex organisations and, working alongside academics, the most successful Universities need strong Professional Services - talented people working in all sorts of diverse and challenging roles.

AstonWebbEveningThe University of Birmingham

Our heritage as the UK’s first civic university – the original ‘redbrick’ – is combined with one of the most compelling and ambitious agendas in Higher Education. Birmingham is a leading member of the Russell Group and a founder member of the Universitas 21 global network of research universities. The University is the Times and Sunday Times University of the Year for Graduate Employment 2015/16, an impressive accolade coming just two years after being named The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year.

We are half-way through a £500 million investment in our beautiful parkland campus including a new library, a £55 million state-of-the-art sports centre and a new ‘Green Heart’ for the University.

University Strategy 2015-2020

“Our goal is to attract outstanding, inspirational, and talented people, support them to succeed, and celebrate their success. People come to Birmingham because they expect to work with and be the best.”

Professional Services at the University of Birmingham

The University’s Professional Services consists of around 3000 people working across ten central areas: Academic Services, Development and Alumni Relations, Estates, External Relations, Finance, Hospitality and Accommodation Services, HR, IT Services, Legal Services and Executive Office, as well as in the University’s five academic Colleges. They are led by the Registrar - the University’s Chief Operating Officer - who is supported by the Registrar’s Leadership Group.

As a community of over 145 nationalities, the University is committed to equality and diversity and now holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and is a Stonewall top 100 employer. Our sector-leading Birmingham Professional programme provides everyone in Professional Services with development opportunities and the encouragement to reach their full potential.