The Commonwealth Games is coming to campus
As an official partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the University of Birmingham has signed the most comprehensive university partnership agreement in the history of the Games.
The Commonwealth Games is an international sporting event uniting nations and territories from across the world every 4 years and Birmingham has been selected as the host of the next Games, which will be held from 28 July to 8 August 2022. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is historic as it will be the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history, will have the largest ever integrated Para-sport programme and is the first global games with more medals for women than men.
What is the partnership and what does it mean to us?
As a Tier One sponsor, the University has the opportunity to both positively impact and benefit from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games as we work closely with the Games. This is really exciting for our community because we will be the main campus village hosting athletes from 72 nations and territories in our accommodation and our role as Official Partner of the Queen's Baton Relay- International Leg will provide opportunities to promote the city and University across the globe. Additionally, the hockey and squash competitions will take place at the University's world-class sporting facilities. This means that we will be able to welcome thousands of visitors to our beautiful campus and be seen by an estimated global TV audience of 1.5 billion.
Image credit: Adrian Burrows
Birmingham 2022 have also announced that there will be both hockey and squash matches occurring on campus every day of the Games which will contribute to the excitement here at the University. For more information and to see where the other sports are being held in the region, see the events schedule.
Staff and student opportunities
For staff and students, our collaboration with the Games will provide many valuable research, volunteering and participation opportunities at a major sporting event and will enable the University to play its part in delivering a successful Games for the city and region. Staff and students will also be hoping to demonstrate their sporting abilities (see page 6-7 for an article in Buzz magazine from July 2018 during the Gold Coast Games).
Priority Research Areas
As part of our partnership, the University has 3 priority research areas through which we can share our world-leading research:
- Health and Life Sciences
- Global Challenges
- Energy and Environmental Sustainability
Hear from one of our students working at Birmingham 2022
BSc Business Management with Marketing Year in Industry student
“Hi everyone! My name is Jake and I’m a Business Management with Marketing student at the University, currently on placement at the Birmingham 2022 Organising Committee.
I, like many others, have been excited at the prospect of a home Commonwealth Games since its announcement. I’m a student athlete and I knew that with my academic interests, the business side of sport would be the direction I wanted to go down, so I’m extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work on such an exciting project.
Within the Organising Committee, I’m part of the Venue Management team and I’ve found this such a great position to be in as a student on placement. It’s really allowed me to oversee so many of the operations that take place. I get to work closely with lots of departments and stakeholders which has been really valuable to improving both my understanding of the organisation, and the personal skills that I think will be valuable going forward in the workplace.
All in all, the first seven weeks have been very enjoyable and I feel like I am developing every day as I experience different challenges that I’ve never faced before. I look forward to taking on more responsibility over the next few months, and hopefully bringing the University and the Committee closer together in the future.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What dates are the Games?
The competition is held between 28 July and 8 August, with days either side for opening and closing ceremonies.
What changes will be happening on campus?
University Station will be redeveloped to accommodate rail passenger growth and act as a fitting gateway to the University campus.
Is there an event, a campaign or an idea you have that you'd like to suggest? Having the Games right on our doorstep is a historic event and we would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how you would like to see us celebrate the Games with our community on campus. Please email CWG2022@contacts.bham.ac.uk