It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Queen’s College, Birmingham (founded in 1828 as the Birmingham School of Medicine and Surgery) and Mason Science College (foundation deed 1870). Birmingham was the first red brick university to gain a charter. It is a founding member of both the Russell Group of British research universities and the international network of research universities, Universitas 21.
University of Birmingham was ranked 10th in the UK and 62nd in the world by QS World University Rankings in 2013. The student population includes around 19,000 undergraduate and 9,000 postgraduate students, which is the 11th largest in the UK. The annual income of the institution for 2010–11 was £470.7 million, with an expenditure of £443.7 million.
The University is home to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, housing works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet, the Lapworth Museum of Geology, and the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, which is a prominent landmark visible from many parts of the city. Alumni and faculty members include former British Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin, and eight Nobel laureates.
University of Birmingham research articles from Innovation Toronto
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- Breath test to help diagnose concussion could stop injured players carrying on – September 12, 2014
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- Researchers warn of the ‘myths’ of global medical tourism
- Inactive people can achieve major health and fitness gains in a fraction of the time
- Waste cooking oil makes bioplastics cheaper
- Researchers overcome size hurdle in quest for invisibility cloak