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.
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 ...
Rapid re-colonization of river after extreme flood event
(Phys.org)—After being virtually wiped out during a flood in 2005 in Wolf Point Creek, Alaska, salmon, meiofauna and most macroinvertebrates all re-colonized within two years, according to research published by University ...
Engineering students build UK's first hydrogen powered locomotive
Engineering students and staff at the University of Birmingham have designed and built a prototype hydrogen powered locomotive, the first of its kind to operate in the UK.
A cluster of twenty atoms of gold visualized for the first time
(Phys.org) -- Scientists at the University of Birmingham have developed a method to visualise gold on the nanoscale by using a special probe beam to image 20 atoms of gold bound together to make a cluster. ...
Do you know where you're going? Your smart phone soon will
(Phys.org) -- Your smart phone may soon be able to predict where you are going, according to research by University of Birmingham computer scientists.
Atomic structure of nanoparticles brought under control
Nanotechnologists are control freaks. They want to exploit the properties of materials at the ultimate level - the atoms.
'Hydrogen is tomorrow's biofuel' say scientists
Researchers from the University of Birmingham are creating clean hydrogen from food waste paving the way for a bioenergy alternative for the future.