The Birmingham Project FAQs

A selection of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about The Birmingham Project from students.

If you have any further questions, please contact The Birmingham Project Team.

Eligibility and Enrolment FAQs

Who can take part?

Any registered University of Birmingham first year undergraduate student, from any course, can participate in The Birmingham Project (including Erasmus students). N.B. Only Birmingham campus students can participate.

If you’re not sure if you’re eligible to take part, please contact The Birmingham Project Team.

What skills and experience do I need to have in order to take part?

None. We will provide a schedule of bespoke training and workshops throughout the project fortnight in June to provide groups with the skills they need to complete their project.

Training and workshops include: Project Management; Team building; Type Dynamics Indicator (personality types); Intellectual Property Rights, Copyright and Licensing; Research Methods and Social Science skills; Digital Media training (mobile app, Photoshop, website, digital magazine); and Presentation skills.

How and when can I enrol?

It will only take a couple of minutes to secure your place on the project by completing our short enrolment form.

Please visit our ‘How to take part’ intranet page to view the dates for the enrolment periods.

Are there a limited number of places on the project?

Yes. There are 360 places and they will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the maximum number of participants has been reached, students will be invited to join a waiting list.

Is it free to take part?

Yes, The Birmingham Project is free to all registered University of Birmingham first year undergraduate students.

Availability and Commitment FAQs

When will I need to be available?

It is mandatory for all project participants to attend all Birmingham Project events. Our events include:

  • A 2 hour online Launch Event in March (date TBC)
  • Project Fortnight (Monday 13 - Thursday 23 June 2022). Participants must be available every weekday, from 9am - 5pm, during this two-week period.

What is the schedule for The Birmingham Project?

Participants will be provided with a two-week schedule of planned activities and training sessions during the project fortnight (Monday 13- Thursday 23 June 2022) to ensure you can get the most out of the experience and achieve the best possible outcome as a group.

What level of commitment is required?

This is a really fast-paced and exciting project which requires a high level of commitment and enthusiasm from all participants. It is an incredibly rewarding experience, with many benefits for all who take part. Please see our ‘How to take part’ intranet page for a full list of dates you’ll need to be available for.

What if I am unavailable for one of the days during The Birmingham Project?

Please contact The Birmingham Project Team as soon as possible if you are aware of any commitments or reasons which may prevent you from being able to attend any dates during our events so we can discuss this with you.

I can no longer participate in the project, what should I do?

Please contact The Birmingham Project Team as soon as possible if you are no longer able to participate so we can remove The Birmingham Project from your academic transcript and offer your place to another student on our waiting list.

Support, Benefits and Recognition FAQs

What is the aim of the project?

Participants will work in a multi-disciplinary group to find an innovative solution to a real-world problem in the form of a digital resource (e.g. mobile phone app, website, blog, video etc.).

Through taking part, you will get a head start in developing and identifying your employability skills. Please visit our ‘Benefits for you’ page to find out more about the skills and recognition you can expect to gain from participating

How is the project assessed?

Participants will be assessed through a group presentation (50%) and a peer evaluation (50%). The assessment will determine whether participants receive a pass or fail for The Birmingham Project on their enhanced transcript.

N.B. The programme does not bear any credits and therefore will not contribute towards an individual’s degree classification.

Who supports the project?

This is a student-led project with support from a number of University of Birmingham Academics and Professional Services staff, activity providers and employer partners.

During the two weeks of the project, a variety of bespoke workshops will be scheduled to provide groups with the necessary skills to complete their project. Training and workshops include: Project Management; Team building; Type Dynamics Indicator (personality types); Intellectual Property Rights, Copyright and Licensing; Research Methods and Social Science skills; Digital Media training (mobile app, Photoshop, website, digital magazine); and Presentation skills.

How will my participation in The Birmingham Project be recognised?

Upon successful completion of the project there will be recognition for all, even if your group doesn’t win a prize:

  • Enhanced transcript
  • Digital certificate
  • Personal Skills Award (PSA) – 70 points
  • Prizes (one winning group per Theme will be selected by our judging panels to win a prize)
N.B. Participants must attend the full programme to be eligible for recognition and a prize. PSA points can only be claimed by students completing The Birmingham Project from 2017/18 onwards.

Will I be eligible for PSA points?

You will be able to claim 70 points towards your Personal Skills Award (PSA).

N.B. Participants must attend the full Birmingham Project programme to be eligible to claim PSA points for this activity. PSA points can only be claimed by students completing The Birmingham Project from 2017/18 onwards.

How many prizes are there and how are the winning groups decided?

One winning group per Theme will be selected by our Judging Panels to win a prize. There will be 6 winning groups in total across the project.

Whilst there are a number of prizes on offer, taking part isn’t just about winning a prize and there will be recognition for all. Please visit our ‘Benefits for you’ page to find out more about the skills and recognition you can expect to gain from participating.

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