Birmingham City University

Birmingham | West Midlands

City

Ucas code: B25

Birmingham City University is a haven of creative talent spread across eight city campuses. With such a diverse range of courses on offer, catering for a mix of students, we provide a wealth of experiences to be involved in. Frank Skinner and X-Factor finalist Rhydian Roberts are among our famous alumni. Recent fashion grad Becky Short has a famous fan - Lady Gaga has been snapped wearing one of her designs.
Source:Birmingham City Students' Union

What students say about this university

Dialog 790 comments (223 students)
    • Facilities

      The universities academic facilities are of a high standard. The library facilities are very student friendly as it is on the...

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      2012, 1st year, English Literature

      Facilities

      The universities academic facilities are of a high standard. The library facilities are very student friendly as it is on the most part self service, although there are staff around to help. There are a wide variety of resources to use for work as well as independent reading. There is also an internet cafe within the library building which is also used as a social area as well as a place where you can study. University buildings are divided according to subject/school. This makes it easier to navigate your way around the university, and if you specialise in one field, you will be based in one building only. Each building also has their own canteen. The city north campus has the doug ellis sports centre across the road which is very useful for students who do use sports facilities. Careers centre provides a lot of help for students with leaflets and resources as well as drop in sessions and careers events throughout the academic year. Resources such as computers are scattered around the university and in ever building so it is easy to find and use it when it is necessary. The kenrick library is based in the centre of the campus which makes it easier to get to.

      2012, 1st year, English Literature

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    • The downside

      notice for placements is too short, car parking issues, student seating at break time

      2012, 3rd year, Nursing

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    • Academic Experience

      One essay per year approx 3,000 words then 6,000 in final year (dissertation) 1hr art history/theory per week (third year this...

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      2013, 3rd year, Painting

      Academic Experience

      One essay per year approx 3,000 words then 6,000 in final year (dissertation) 1hr art history/theory per week (third year this becomes visiting artist lecture 1hr per week) 1hr art curation lecture per week. (Second year) Tutorial group/individual (alternate) every 2 week for 20 mins each person. Rest of time is structured by individual, they may choose to spend every moment in the studio, while away some time in the workshops or work/research at home. Some students choose to not do much work as it is self-structured.

      2013, 3rd year, Painting

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    • Facilities

      There isn't actually a lot in the building. There's a bar which not many know about and a cafeteria. The new building though...

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      2013, 1st year, Creative Arts & Design Not Elsewhere Classified

      Facilities

      There isn't actually a lot in the building. There's a bar which not many know about and a cafeteria. The new building though might have better space for social gatherings.

      2013, 1st year, Creative Arts & Design Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • The upside

      Technology

      2013, 1st year, Mental Health Nursing

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    • Everyday expenses

      i do not buy much food or drink on campus but the canteen food is usually good value.

      2012, 1st year, Radiography, Diagnostic

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How students describe this university

We asked more than 11,000 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Creative

61%

MED

Varied union activities

64%

MED

Diverse local nightlife

74%

MED

Sporty

46%

LOW

Political

41%

LOW

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
Student score 76% MED
Average graduate salary £21k MED
% of graduates in work or further study 93% LOW

Overall student satisfaction

81%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

23,335

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

82%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

21%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

63%

of students are female

Young / Mature

24%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

12%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

66%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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