The University of Birmingham (informally Birmingham University or Birmingham) is a British Redbrick university located in the city of Birmingham, England. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Birmingham Medical School (1825) and Mason Science College (1875). Birmingham was the first Redbrick university to gain a charter and thus university status. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research universities and a founding member of Universitas 21. The student population includes around 16,500 undergraduate and 8,000 postgraduate students, making it the largest university in the West Midlands region, and the 11th largest in the UK. As of 2006-07 it is the fourth most popular English university by number of applications. In 2010 Birmingham was ranked as the 10th most popular British university by graduate employers. The annual income of the institution for 2007-08 was £411.6 million, with an expenditure of £393.2 million. Birmingham has the ninth largest financial endowment of any British university at approximately £85 million in 2009.
Should we all escape to the country during a heatwave?
A University of Birmingham research project has highlighted the potential health impacts of heatwaves in urbanised areas. By modelling the 2003 heatwave the researchers were able to identify areas where city centres were ...
Minding the gap: City bats won't fly through bright spaces
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have discovered that bats living in a city are less likely to move from tree to tree in brightly lit areas, according to research published online today (5th June ...
Mapping rivers and preserving livelihoods
River scientists and marine geophysicists from the US and UK have teamed up for a unique collaboration that could help protect the lives of thousands of people who live close to the banks of some of South ...
Online voting a step closer thanks to breakthrough in security technology
Researchers at the University of Birmingham have developed a technique to allow people to cast their election vote online - even if their home computers are suspected of being infected with viruses.
Bizarre 'platypus' dinosaur discovered
Although closely related to the notorious carnivore Tyrannosaurus rex, a new lineage of dinosaur discovered in Chile is proving to be an evolutionary jigsaw puzzle, as it preferred to graze upon plants.
British society among the most harmful to its citizens, says research
Liberal societies such as the UK, US and Australia are among the most harmful to their citizens, according to new research from the University of Birmingham.
Focus on exams 'hinders development of character' in British school children
Two new reports by the University of Birmingham's Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues have found that moral character is being squeezed out of children's education.
Bribery 'hits 1.6 billion people a year'
A total of 1.6 billion people worldwide – nearly a quarter of the global population – are forced to pay bribes to gain access to everyday public services, according to a new book by academics at the Universities of Birmingham ...
The burning issue of the world's vulnerable carbon sinks
Changing climate conditions and increasing occurrences of wildfires may leave globally important carbon stocks defenceless, new research shows.
Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe
A Sun-like star with orbiting planets, dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy, has been discovered by an international team of astronomers.
Sex marks the spot – treasure trove of images reveal life in 1960s red light district
Previously unseen images have laid bare the lives of sex workers in the city in a University of Birmingham research project. The study will continue investigations into a photographic archive thanks to funding ...
Water fleas prepared for trip to space
Local 'Daphnia' waterfleas are currently being prepared by scientists at the University of Birmingham for their trip to the International Space Station (ISS), where they will be observed by astronauts.
More pupils would study maths if told of increased earning potential
More school pupils would choose to study maths at A-level if they were given better information about potential earnings, new research shows.
Reducing food waste, protecting the environment and creating economic growth in India through liquid air cold chains
43 billion Indian rupee (£4.4 billion) worth of fruit and vegetables wasted annually in India could be better conserved if the country had a sustainable cold chain of refrigerated warehousing and transport, say University ...
Air pollution in Delhi is worse during winter, international research study shows
As the cold weather sets in, a quantitative analysis on particulate matter (PM) in Delhi has highlighted that residents are exposed to significantly higher levels of air pollutants in the Indian capital during winter than ...