Counting down to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games


By now you are probably all aware of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games taking place this summer, right here in Brum. It will be the biggest multi-sport event to be held in the UK since the London 2012 Olympics and the largest event ever to be held in the West Midlands region.

Officially beginning on 28 July with a spectacular Opening Ceremony at the newly transformed Alexander Stadium, the Games is expected to attract more than 4,500 athletes from 72 nations and territories who’ll take part in 19 different sports and eight Para sports. 

With some of the world’s best athletes already selected to compete at this prestigious event, it’s no surprise that more than one million spectators (including some of you lucky lot!) are set to attend.

As the city and campus prepares to host visitors from all over the world, we asked some of our students to share the places they love in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Did you know that the University of Birmingham is an Official Partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, and has signed the most comprehensive university partnership agreement in the history of the Games?

As a result, the University of Birmingham is: 

  • an official competition venue for hockey and squash,
  • a Tier 1 partner, the principal / largest Athletes’ Village during the Games,
  • the official catering provider for athletes, spectators, Games family and workforce
  • and a training venue for athletics and swimming…

 …So this will be an incredibly exciting time on campus!

Find out more about the Games, how you can still get involved and how some of our students are preparing for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Hear from our students


Volunteering at the Games

With thousands of roles available our Sports Science student Laura McPeake will be playing a crucial volunteering role as an Anti-Doping Chaperone. 

Hear from Laura about what she's most looking forward to

Birmingham's best summer sob

Working as a Food and Beverage Assistant at the Games, English and Classics student Alina Kokina will be earning money as well as being part of the action.

Hear about Alina's dream Games role


Get set for gold

We have some of our very own students taking part in the Games, including Physics student Muqtadir Nimji, who will represent Kenya in squash! 

Find out how Muqtadir is preparing for the Games


Queen's Baton Bearers

The Queen’s Baton Relay has been making its way around all four corners of the globe and UoB students are set to bring it home. Follow the Baton.

Follow the Baton and hear the story of our incredible student achievements.

Work at the Games this summer

There are still a number of paid summer posts available to support the delivery of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on campus. With pay starting from £9.90 per hour, plus £1.78 per hour holiday pay, you'll get experience in supporting a large-scale, high-profile event with the bonus of getting paid! If you know of any friends and family over the age of 18 who are also looking for summer work, please email 

Check out all current vacancies through Worklink.

Games on campus

Campus will remain fully open and operational throughout the Games. In the run up to and during the Games, we will see some temporary changes to our campus and the surrounding areas to facilitate the operational and security requirements the Games has.

We do appreciate that our campus, the car parks, the surrounding areas and our transport networks will be busier than usual during this period. To keep you updated with these temporary changes, check out our ‘Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games’ intranet pages.


We'd love you to see your Games related snaps and stories so make sure you follow our socials and tag us @unibirmingham - don't forget to use the hashtag #GameChangingBirmingham.



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