University of Birmingham

Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor


The University of Birmingham of Birmingham is a global institution that has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Growing out of the radical vision of our first Chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain, we have always been unafraid to take the lead and do things differently. 

Birmingham was England’s first civic university when it was founded in 1900. Our university represented a new model for higher education where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis. We were also the first to be built on a campus model, to establish a faculty of commerce, to incorporate a medical school, to create a women’s hall of residence and to have a purpose-built students’ union building.

This spirit of innovation continues throughout our work today in pioneering research, partnerships, and teaching. On the back of this success, I have taken enormous pride in the opening of the University of Birmingham School and am watching it grow with great excitement.

In establishing the UK’s first secondary University Training School, we have created a new community in Birmingham where pupils with a full range of prior attainment, Sixth Form and university students, teachers, and academics learn, debate, understand, and share with each other the great issues and knowledge of our time, irrespective of age, ethnicity, gender, financial or social background.

The energy at the School is palpable to anyone who visits and meets the pupils, students, and staff who are helping to form this new community, and this extends to the wider University. From academics to professional services, sports coaches to alumni donors, the University has mobilised behind the School to ensure that all pupils have access to the wonderful resources, both physical and intellectual, of a leading Russell Group institution.

We hope that you feel this same energy as you find out more about us and that you are inspired to join us. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Professor Sir David Eastwood
Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham
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