We have a clear vision for the future, ambitious leadership, world-leading academic strengths, and a secure financial base. Our five-year strategic plan ‘Shaping Our Future: Birmingham 2015’ was published in 2010 and the University is already demonstrating significant progress against this plan that will lift us into the international elite. In support of this, the University is investing in our future, including an investment plan of over £200m in our stunning parkland campus which will see a new Library, Sports Centre and student accommodation, and world class academic appointments.
Our research grant capture is increasing significantly – in 2011/12, new research grant awards increased by over 50% and the figure was sustained last year. In 2012/13 the University ranked third for competitively won ESRC research grants and second for the AHRC.
We are recruiting undergraduate students with the finest academic credentials in our history and applications to study here in 2015 are growing rapidly and more impressively than either nationally or for comparable universities.
The University has a significant international presence: our office in Guangzhou, China is testament to our substantive collaboration with the local government and universities there; we have partnership agreements with many of the world’s leading universities; an office in New Delhi and a presence in Brussels which gives the University an outstanding understanding of European funding and influence with officials and politicians.
In Brazil, the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham are working together in a unique collaboration to develop a network of strategic partnerships with Brazilian universities, as well as the oil and gas industry.These initiatives have been central to the UK Government’s outreach into Brazil, and this year will bring in the region of 20 doctoral researchers to the University as part of a prestigious scholarship programme.
Inevitably, these are just a few of our recent achievements, as the University community works together to enhance further our research achievements and educational provision. Our policy facing activity continues to go from strength to strength with notable success led from the College of Social Sciences such as the Public Services Academy and the establishment of Policy commissions in Local Public services, Healthy Ageing, and Wealth Distribution.
We are long established as leaders in the field of Medicine, with strengths in the research and treatment of cancer, heart, and liver disease as well as infections with a global significance including TB. In the Physical Sciences we boast outstanding academic and research credentials, including Chemical Engineering where we were recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in the Jubilee year.