About the College

The College of Social Sciences has a wide range of academic and support skills, interests and expertise and bring together over 450 academics (including over 100 professors and approximately 90 research staff), supported by approximately 240 administrative and 120 Professional Services 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 and research support. 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.

Find out more about the College of Social Sciences.


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