Our present and future

Medicine students undertaking surgeryAs the University moves into its second century it continues its strong tradition of pioneering research. Breaking new ground on the global stage, the University opens its overseas offices and adds more Nobel Prize winners to its already lengthy list of former staff and student recipients.



2001 Sir Paul Nurse is awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on cell cycle regulation.
2002 Birmingham’s oldest student, 71 year old Sheila Hopkinson, is awarded her PhD after nine years part-time study.
2003 Birmingham is awarded Fair Trade status for its commitment to selling fair trade goods in its University-owned campus outlets.
2004 The University works with Birmingham Children’s Hospital to pioneer the diagnosis and treatment of children’s brain tumours.
2006 Researchers at the Medical School develop the world's first over the counter home fertility test for men.
2007 Professor Peter Bullock is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work on treating soil as a sustainable resource. The prize is awarded jointly to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which Professor Bullock advised. 
2008 The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) reveals that 89.9% of Birmingham’s research activity has international impact; certifying the significance of Birmingham's contribution to tackling the many issues that face modern living.
2008 Birmingham unveils the only hydrogen fuelling station in England and five hydrogen powered cars, making it the first UK university to run a fleet of vehicles powered in this way.
2008 Birmingham opens its first overseas office in New Delhi, India strengthening over 100 years of ties to this country.
2009 Professor David Eastwood becomes Vice-Chancellor and Principal.
2009 The first Cancer Research UK centre is established at Birmingham. 
2009 University of Birmingham Sport staff member Norman Beech, and his son James, become the first British father and son team to row across the Atlantic.
2009 The University launches its Circles of Influence campaign to raise £60-million for projects that include research into brain injury, cancer, healthy ageing and practical clean energy, as well as a new concert hall, a targeted scholarship programme, and a centre for heritage and cultural learning.
2010 Work begins on the new 450-seat concert hall, which will complete Chamberlain's vision for the red brick semi-circle of buildings that have been at the heart of the University since 1909