A University School
Endless opportunities to collaborate and learn.
We have a broad and deep relationship with the world-class University of Birmingham
Since 1900, the University of Birmingham has been pushing the frontiers of understanding, and as their first dedicated secondary school we have unrivalled access to their resources, research and people. This partnership gives us endless opportunities to collaborate, learn and grow as a School that will forever put our student’s education, safety and wellbeing first.
Pupils become regular visitors to the University of Birmingham Campus during their time at the School. Pupils often take part in enrichment activities hosted by the University, such as getting to learn about dinosaurs at the Lapworth Museum, or exploring Edwardian heritage at Winterbourne House and Garden.
Sixth Form students enjoy a weekly Horizons Lecture Series, hearing from some of the University’s most exciting academics about topics ranging from black holes to the latest research on Islamophobia. Sixth Form students also regularly visit the University campus to attend seminars or public lectures alongside undergraduate students. Sixth Form students also get involved in volunteering opportunities at the Guild of Students.
Teaching and learning at UoBSchool is distinctively enhanced through creative collaboration opportunities with the University’s academic departments, as well as engagement in University research projects. Many subject leaders become associate members of the University and benefitted from a range of physical and intellectual resources to enhance their own subject knowledge and pedagogy.
Our Rush Hour Research series of events sees world-leading research shared with teachers and educators from across the West Midlands and beyond in after-school sessions.
The School collaborates on a number of research projects, with pupils learning research skills and becoming researchers themselves.
“The University of Birmingham of Birmingham is a global institution that has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Growing out of the radical vision of our first Chancellor, Joseph Chamberlain, we have always been unafraid to take the lead and do things differently.
Birmingham was England’s first civic university when it was founded in 1900. Our university represented a new model for higher education where students from all religions and backgrounds were accepted on an equal basis. We were also the first to be built on a campus model, to establish a faculty of commerce, to incorporate a medical school, to create a women’s hall of residence and to have a purpose-built students’ union building.
This spirit of innovation continues throughout our work today in pioneering research, partnerships, and teaching. On the back of this success, I have taken enormous pride in the opening of the University of Birmingham School and am watching it grow with great excitement.”
Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham