University of Birmingham

Through efforts to high things

United Kingdom

The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives. We continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed our work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.

The University of Birmingham was established to unlock the global potential of a progressive city, we remain committed to ensuring our national and global influence while remaining at the heart of the city’s renaissance.

GLOBAL REACH

We bring together the people and resources to tackle the major challenges of our time. We draw on and give back to the region through our research, our education and our global reach and reputation.

PURPOSEFUL APPROACH

As an institution dedicated to learning, we contribute to the growth and spread of knowledge and ideas which will help to transform the world; working with partners to take on the big questions, find and implement solutions and make a difference locally, nationally and globally. This purposeful, pragmatic and pioneering approach, focused on the common good, has enabled us to redefine the civic university, becoming the standard against which others are measured. 

OUR VALUES

 

Excellence: We have the highest standards, knowing we can always be better

 

Leadership: We shape our own future and support others’ success

Pioneering spirit: We are the first to do things and we take calculated risks

Purposefulness: We know our strengths, focus on our goals and persist in adversity

Pragmatism: We are well-grounded and practical, tackling and solving problems

This Strategic Framework 2015-20 charts a course that will allow the University of Birmingham to succeed. The quality of our students, and the creativity and leadership of our people, alongside our willingness to make bold and sometimes tough choices, will enable us to realise our goals. Through this sustained original thinking, our success will be seen in the continued growth of our impact and reputation, and that of the region.

WORLD-CLASS RESEARCH

By investing in, and cultivating, intellectual talent and ideas, and delivering world-class research and education, we will unlock value, make important things happen, and continue to thrive. The University of Birmingham remains committed to bringing the cream of the world’s academic minds to our beautiful Edgbaston campus, to develop their careers in a progressive, cutting-edge environment. To date we have appointed more than 60 outstanding, high potential, early career researchers as part of our sector-leading Birmingham Fellowship programme.

ACADEMIC STRENGTHS

We offer the Birmingham Fellows five years of protected time for high-quality research, allowing these outstanding, high potential, early-career researchers of all ages to establish themselves as rounded academics who will go on to make a full and excellent contribution to research, teaching and academic citizenship. We want our Birmingham Fellows to enhance the University’s existing academic strengths and contribute to the growing culture of collaboration and interdisciplinarity that exists here.

RESEARCH LEADERS

Professor Tim Softley, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer, said: ‘Through the Birmingham Fellows Scheme we seek to attract the research leaders of the future into Birmingham’s vibrant and creative intellectual atmosphere, providing an outstanding opportunity and support to accelerate their academic career development and to fulfil their potential.’

 

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BRIDGE Fellows

The “Birmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, Engagement and Education” (BRIDGE) was signed in a ceremony in March 2014 by the University of Birmingham’s (UoB) Vice Chancellor and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s (UIUC) Chancellor. The BRIDGE agreement establishes a framework for creative knowledge exchange across disciplines through frequent, purposeful, face-to-face meetings among faculty, staff and students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. What makes the BRIDGE partnership so distinctive is that it is genuinely multi-disciplinary, with over 55 cross-faculty links spanning Biosciences, Computer Science, Economic and Physical Geography, Psychology, Neuroscience, Environmental Genomics, Railway Engineering, Maths, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, American & Canadian Studies, Classics, History of Art, African Studies, Cultural Heritage and Education.

BRIDGE is launching an exciting new fellowship initiative, the BRIDGE Fellowship programme, to recruit top postdoctoral researchers in four identified areas that span the interests of UoB and UIUC researchers. The BRIDGE Fellows programme is modelled on the highly successful Birmingham Fellows programme, which has successfully recruited a variety of scholars to the University, and the IGB Fellows program, which has awarded fellowships for nearly 10 years.

Following the conclusion of a successful BRIDGE Fellowship, Fellows will be appointed to a permanent academic post at the University of Birmingham, normally at Lecturer grade (entry level academic career grade); although in exceptional cases appointments may be made at a higher grade. Fellows will be expected to spend time at both UoB and UIUC under the direction of academic leads from both institutions.

BRIDGE Fellows will have 3 years with protected time for high-quality research before subsuming a normal academic post at UoB. This will allow outstanding, high potential, early-career researchers of any age to establish themselves as rounded academics who will go on to make a full and excellent contribution to research, teaching and academic citizenship. BRIDGE Fellows will also develop their teaching experience, including PhD supervision, although these responsibilities will be limited to protect research time. Fellows will not be expected to contribute substantively to academic administration during the term of their Fellowship, although they will be expected to engage as part of the academic community.

Fellows will receive a start-up package to support the development of their research, an academic mentor, and development support in both research and teaching. Fellows will be part of the BRIDGE Fellows cohort, which will provide them a University-wide network and an additional source of support and mentoring.

It is intended that BRIDGE Fellows will enhance both University’s existing academic strengths and contribute to the growing culture of collaboration and interdisciplinarity that exists at both sites. We have identified one of the priority areas, ‘Cognition and Ageing’, as representing a cluster of existing excellence at UoB and UIUC and we welcome applications from candidates who feel their research fits within this area.

Applications are welcome from the USA, UK and other countries. Candidates must have been awarded a PhD (or equivalent terminal degree) by the time they subsume their post. Candidates should be on a trajectory to become principal investigators and research leaders. Their publication record must be such that there is already clear evidence of accomplishments that are internationally excellent, if not world-leading, in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Applications from candidates who have won funded external fellowships which they would bring to the BRIDGE partnership are particularly welcome. Such candidates will be fast-tracked for interview. If offered a BRIDGE Fellowship, they would be eligible for the full package of support during the term of their fellowship. Candidates who believe they might be eligible for fast-track consideration should contact us directly at m.myers@bham.ac.uk so we can assess their suitability for this process.

Candidates will be asked 1) to complete our online application form, 2) upload a CV, highlighting their top 5 publications. 3) provide evidence to support their application.

Applications must be received by midnight on 7th November 2016.  Start dates will be subject to negotiation but in principle could be at any date subsequent from interview.

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Vice-Chancellor's profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professor Sir David Eastwood became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Birmingham in April 2009. Previously, he was Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), a post he had held since September 2006. Former posts also included Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia, and Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer

Tim Softley is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Transfer.  As such his responsibilities are to lead the University’s research performance with the aim of positioning the University firmly amongst the leading research universities in the UK. He takes the lead role on preparing and the delivery of actions to enhance Birmingham’s position in the next REF, and on working to improve the University’s grant capture, including research funding from business and industry. As a member of the University Executive Board and the Strategic Planning and Resources Committee, he contributes to the broader leadership and direction of the University, and supports the Provost in academic planning matters including the annual planning and target-setting cycle.

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education

Professor Jeff Bale is the University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, and oversees the University's educational agenda.  He is a member of the University Executive Board and leads for UEB on issues related to teaching and quality, curriculum, e-learning, student recruitment, widening participation and the student experience.  He chairs the University Education Committee and the Quality Assurance Committee and works closely with the Colleges, Academic Services, the Planning Office, External Relations and the Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education.

Key facts:


It is widely accepted that Birmingham was the first English civic or 'redbrick' university – established to support the ambitions of its home city, but we have a string of other ‘firsts’ under our belt.

Birmingham was the first university to –

*Build on a campus model – occupying a 276-acre green parkland around the University, only three miles from the heart of the city 
*Create a purpose-built students’ union building – the student voice remains at the heart of our decision-making 
*Incorporate a Medical School – now part of our College of Medical and Dental Sciences 
*Open a Faculty of Commerce – which makes our Business School the longest established in the country 
*Provide a women’s hall of residence – far-sighted in the early 1900’s; Birmingham continues to welcome students from all backgrounds, nations and religions 
*Offer a sporting option for all students – sport and sporting excellence, along with music, are the cornerstones of Birmingham's cultural life

Total Students by area 2013-14

Area

Postgraduate

Taught

 

Research

Arts and Law 997 669
Engineering and Physical Sciences 719 871
Life and Environmental 
Sciences
 
527   536
Medical and Dental Sciences  367     402
Social Sciences 3,810    419
Liberal Arts 0 0
Totals 6,420 2,897