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.
New jelly substance could replace platinum in fuel cells
(Phys.org) —A substance made from gelatin could be used to replace platinum in fuel cells, according to research published by University of Birmingham scientists in the Royal Society of Chemistry Journal of Materials Ch ...
Schools must teach children character and values, a new poll shows
More than eight out of ten parents believe schools should teach children character and values alongside academic study, a new survey has found.
'Better detection' for Alzheimer's and cancers
A new chemical discovery will lead to better monitoring and treatment for cancers and degenerative diseases, according to latest research by scientists.
Facebook photos damage relationships, study finds
Sharing photographs on Facebook could damage relationships with friends, family and colleagues, a new study has found.
The beginning of time? World's oldest 'calendar' discovered
British archaeology experts have discovered what they believe to be the world's oldest 'calendar', created by hunter-gatherer societies and dating back to around 8,000 BC.
Quango state reconfigured rather than abolished
Less than 10 per cent of quangos axed by the Coalition government have actually been totally abolished, new research shows.
Cosmic giants shed new light on dark matter
(Phys.org) —Astronomers at the University of Birmingham (UK), Academica Sinica in Taiwan, and the Kavli Institute of Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Japan, have found new evidence that the mysterious ...
NGOs: The changing face of grassroots activism
Over the last 50 years increasingly affluent and educated citizens have turned away from traditional forms of mass politics: joining political parties, trade unions and voting in elections.
Cormorants cannot capture the benefits of global warming
(Phys.org)—Even though cormorants seem ideally placed to benefit from global warming, by expanding their breeding range into the far north, the darkness of the polar night is likely to keep them firmly in their place, according ...
Scientists analyse global Twitter gossip around Higgs boson discovery
(Phys.org)—A model of the spread of gossip on Twitter prior to the Higgs boson discovery announcement has been developed by University of Birmingham computer scientists, according to research published on the online repository, ...
International research study to shed light on sources of air-polluting dust in India
A quantitative analysis of dust sources in Delhi by scientists from India, the UK and the USA will provide important new insight into how individual sources of air-borne matter contribute to the overall concentrations measured ...
Living close to a rubbish tip reduces house prices by 2.6%, UK research shows
Living close to an active landfill site reduces house prices by 2.6% and the cost to home owners can still be counted two decades after the facility has shut, new research shows.
Preparation more effective than emergency aid in dealing with climate-related disasters, experts claim
Emergency aid provided in the aftermath of natural disasters like floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, has "critical shortcomings" that could be overcome with better preparation, experts say.
Scientists design new lens with convex and concave functionality, potential to revolutionise optical devices
Scientists at the University of Birmingham have designed a lens using metamaterials that can function as a convex or a concave lens, according to research published in the journal Nature Communications. By fabricating gold n ...
Premiership referees more like to book foreign ethnic minority players
(Phys.org)—A major analysis of referee's decisions in the Premier League has shown that officials are around 15% more likely to book foreign players who are from the same background as the most sizable ethnic minority groups ...