There is no better time to do this. With the anticipated arrival of HS2, the relocation of an increasing number of former London-based offices and headquarters to the city, combined with the Commonwealth Games in 2022, Birmingham has an unsurpassed opportunity to enhance its identity as the UK’s second city. United by a culturally diverse population of c.1.3 million people, Birmingham has a leadership role to play in demonstrating how people can work together in a post-COVID society to make communities safer, stronger and more successful in the 21st century.
The University of Birmingham has always embraced the role that universities should play in contributing to regional growth and opportunities. It was founded as the UK’s first civic university, a university that would work in partnership with the city’s commerce and industry and deliver benefits for citizens that extend well beyond higher education. This remains core to our purpose and will be enhanced through The Exchange.