Merry Christmas from the University of Birmingham

Excerpts from A Christmas Carol, read at the University of Birmingham

Did you know, that in 1853 author Charles Dickens gave his first public reading of A Christmas Carol in Birmingham's Town Hall? The festive tale about a mean-spirited and selfish old man, Ebenezer Scrooge, who hates Christmas was an instant best seller and is still as popular today.

To celebrate Christmas, drama student and scholarship recipient Lucy Addley reads some of our favourite passages, from when Scrooge discovers his love of Christmas Day after being visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Click on the video and enjoy!

We would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

We hope you have all enjoyed our ‘Countdown to Christmas’ events and activities to get you in the festive mood. Check out the hashtag #UoBChristmas on social media to catch up on all the fun. In the meantime, if you’re staying on or near campus over the Christmas period you can full details of opening hours and services available over the Christmas break on this intranet page.

If you have assessments in January, try to find a balance between relaxing and revising, so you are refreshed and prepared for the New Year. If you’d like any support (including mental health) or guidance, head to our UoBe Ready page.

Stay safe and we’ll see you in 2022!


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