Meet the bears

From 10 July - 17 September, we’re going on a Big Sleuth bear hunt, but will you be able to find our bears? Use your bear-y good detective skills and join us at the University of Birmingham to support Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

Bee Kind

The Big Sleuth

We are delighted to be supporting The Big Sleuth, a free public art event taking place this summer which will see up to 100 giant bear sculptures leave their paw prints all over the region for 10 weeks. The Big Sleuth, so named because sleuth is the collective noun for a group of bears, will see the individually designed sculptures appearing throughout Birmingham and beyond, inspiring residents and tourists to uncover Birmingham’s cultural gems and discover areas of the city they may not have explored before. At the end of the trail, the bears will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

The University has been working for many years in partnership with the Hospital to accelerate access to drugs, devices and diagnostics for young patients. In February 2017, the Birmingham Women’s Hospital and the Birmingham Children’s Hospital united under one dedicated trust; Birmingham Women and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (BWC). The University and BWC are members of Birmingham Health Partners (BHP), a strategic alliance between the two and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB). BHP’s mission is to harness research strengths in the University and NHS to deliver better treatments and care to our patients.

Find out more about The Big Sleuth and follow this summer's bear-illiant adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; search @TheBigSleuth.


Professor Bee Kind

At the College of Medical and Dental Sciences we are teaching our students to improve health and wellbeing and save lives. Academics like Professor Bee Kind are making breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare through research and discovery in our College. The College works in collaboration with its NHS partners, including Birmingham Health Partners (BHP), an exciting collaborative platform between the University, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, to improve the lives of patients locally, nationally and globally.

Find out more about the College of Medical and Dental Sciences.

Professor Bee Kind would like to invite you to visit the Medical School throughout the summer to meet members of the Medical Society’s Teddy Bear Hospital team and take part in free activities like ‘what’s in a doctor’s bag?’. We would love to meet your own teddy bear, so why not bring them along for their very own check-up? Find out more.

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Please welcome to the stage Rosie. She loves music, singing and dancing - so she has decided to stay at the Bramall this summer - as there are always loads of exciting concerts, shows and events going on. We also have a delicious café here with bear-illiant cake and coffee; what more could a bear want? Don’t forget to bring your favourite teddy bear with you when you visit me and take a bear-tastic selfie. 

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The University of Birmingham is creating a striking new parkland at the centre of our campus which will be completed in 2019. Measuring over 12 acres, the Green Heart project will open up the centre of campus for students, staff and the local community to enjoy. It will provide a unique space for performances, socialising, meeting and studying, while opening up new pedestrian and cycle routes. The space will also be a sustainable, natural and environmentally friendly landscape.

Discover more about the Green Heart.

Our watchful bear Buzz will be overseeing the Green Heart development this summer, as the first phase of work picks up pace. Buzz is excited to see the campus transformed into a rich green tapestry of trees, wild flowers and native plants, which will attract an array of wildlife; including bees! While on campus, Buzz will also be a few paw prints away from dinosaurs at the Lapworth Museum of Geology and fine art at the Barber Institute. Why not take your own teddy bear on a tour of campus? Find out more

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