University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham
Our approach

Successful businesses are crucial for economic growth and we believe that partnerships with the University of Birmingham can assist the continued growth and success of businesses. We are absolutely committed to making our research expertise available to benefit business.

Expertise for you to access

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide named us ‘University of the Year’ for 2013-2014 in recognition of recent outstanding achievements in the context of more than a century of commitment to quality and innovation.

A large and broad university, we specialise in advanced manufacturing, formulation engineering, cyber security, translational medicine, health and medical technology, low carbon energy, and railways; as well as working with public policy, banking, the NHS, and local and national government.

We work with leading global players from within these sectors such as: Airbus, Astra Zeneca, BP, Ford, GKN, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Pfizer, Rolls-Royce, Network Rail, and BAE Systems.

Our outstanding facilities

Technology and Innovation Centre

We are a founding partner in the Manufacturing Technology Centre based at Ansty in Coventry, which has over 50 member companies and offers a unique facility to test novel engineering concepts and processes.

Centre for Formulation Engineering

Our innovative Centre for Formulation Engineering collaborates with businesses on research into micro-structured materials. The centre’s outstanding track record for industrial collaboration was recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary prize in 2011, the highest possible award for an educational institution in the UK.

High Temperature Research Centre

Announced on 8th October 2012, the University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will be establishing a new £60m High Temperature Research Centre. The Centre will help develop future generations of aero engines, making greener, more efficient air travel possible

If you would like to find out more about these facilities, email: businessteam@bham.ac.uk

International business relationships

The University of Birmingham is ranked 62 amongst the world’s top 100 institutions according to the 2013/2014 QS World University Rankings.

We have extensive partnerships with businesses, funding bodies and universities in China, India, North America, and Brazil. We have an office in Brussels and successfully access significant EU funding jointly with business.

If you have interests in these countries and would like to work with us, then let us know and email: international@bham.ac.uk

Regional business relationships

The University works closely with business of all sizes in the West Midlands. It plays an integral role in the economic, social and cultural growth of the area. A recent Economic Impact Study concluded that the University of Birmingham generates over £1 billion of regional economic activity each year and supports over 11,830 jobs. Some 40% of our students secure jobs in the West Midlands upon graduation.

If you are a local SME and would like hot desk space or to network with like-minded businesses, then join the Birmingham Business Club and check out BizzInn.

Talent for you to access

More than 5,000 outstanding students from around the world graduate each year,ensuring a motivated and sizeable talent pipeline for businesses to access. 81% of our students are in full time, graduate level employment within six months of graduation and are sought after by international companies. We are always keen to work closely with new partners to provide high quality student talent. Let us know if you would like to work with us to attract them to your business.

If you would like to find out more about accessing our student talent, email: careersinbusiness@bham.ac.uk.

Services for business to access

Whether you are a large corporate organisation or a small business and whether you require a short term solution or have a long term project in mind, you can access our five colleges, 3,000 academic staff and leading-edge facilities in the following ways:

  • Licensing and intellectual property
  • Consultancy
  • Spin-out companies
  • Contract research
  • Equipment, testing and analysis
  • Access to funding
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs),
  • Student internships, placements, graduate recruitment
  • Business accommodation
  • Conferencing facilities
  • Professional development

The above only scratches the surface of our business engagement activities. We want you to be part of them.

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