Photograph of The Exchange building in Centenary Square

About The Exchange

The Exchange is the University’s city-centre venue, based in the historic municipal bank in Birmingham’s Centenary Square.

Our public programme of free exhibitions, events and family-friendly activities, welcomes everyone to join in the University’s efforts to understand and tackle today’s complex challenges. We explore vital topics like clean air, adult social care, and AI, making meaningful connections between academic research and communities.

The Exchange is more than a building: it’s a welcoming hub for community involvement and collaborations. Beyond its walls, The Exchange is a place for academics, communities, and policymakers to come together to discuss and amplify important issues and initiatives, and to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of our city and region.

Photograph of a small group of children and adults taking part in a craft activity

Opening up research

We share our research through free public exhibitions and events. Visit us to have your say, exchange ideas and participate in our public programme.

Free tasters, short paid courses and micro-credentials

Aimed at widening participation, professional development and/or building regional skills. A particular focus on leadership encompasses the private, public and third sectors and grow the capacity of community leaders. The Exchange also provides a hub to support the development of entrepreneurial skills, helping to create the next generation of businesses.

Bringing people together

We're bringing people together by creating an inclusive and unique venue that attracts a range of different audiences and stakeholders to learn with and from each other.

Partnerships and data sharing

We're Facilitating data sharing and partnerships that are helping to grow the regional economy and improve people’s quality of life.

Who is at the Exchange? 

We're home to a range of different University of Birmingham initiatives creating positive change both in the West Midlands and globally.