About the College

The College of Social Sciences has a wide range of academic and support skills, interests and expertise and bring together over 350 academics (including 70 professors) and over 200 administrative staff across a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields.

The College consists of the following four Schools:

We teach more than 9000 students (around 32% of the total number of students studying at Birmingham). Some of our students are registered at the University for four years while others are here for only a few months. Around 20% of our student body is international.

The College provides:

  • Access to research partnerships, expertise and research capacity, generating considerable research investment and ensuring all our activities are relevant to the current world of practice
  • A diverse range of successful taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • A range of postgraduate research and doctoral opportunities
  • Knowledge transfer into business, government, and society
  • Continuing professional and management development programmes

Our Schools are encouraged to work in an interdisciplinary nature and have been proactive in initiating numerous cross-School and University wide projects on a range of cutting edge research areas. Our annual income is in the region of £80m per annum.

The College is overseen by a College Board which comprises the Head of College, the four Heads of School, College Directors of Education and Research & Knowledge Transfer and the College Director of Operations. It is also attended by the College Business Partners in HR, Planning and Finance. There are a number of other College Committees with responsibility for a range of issues ranging from Learning &Teaching to Facilities, Health & Safety, HR etc. For more details of what those committees do and the main committee contacts visit the College Committees page.

The College has a well developed infrastructure including teams of specialists in: alumni relations; e-learning, facilities, finance, HR; IT, marketing and communications; research support and web enabling. Much of this specialist support is aligned to our four Schools.

College Assembly provides a termly opportunity for all staff to learn about significant School, College and University changes or news.

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