Five reasons to be proud

From offering Ukrainian students displaced by war the opportunity to continue their education, to discovering the next generation of environmental leaders and supporting two of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs, the University of Birmingham continues to provide reasons to be proud of your alma mater.

Supporting Ukrainian students disrupted by Russian invasion

The University has welcomed a group of Ukrainian students to complete their education at Birmingham following the disruption to studies in their home country caused by the Russian invasion.

First-year Business Management with Marketing student Mykhailo Pymkin – who is also President of the Ukrainian Student Society – says: 'This is a great opportunity to study on a beautiful campus and it is fantastic that Birmingham has been helping Ukrainian students to continue our education with a range of support.'

The University has made available more than £300,000 in direct awards and support to students from Ukraine in addition to our support for the CARA (the Council for At-Risk Academics) scheme, which works with academic staff and researchers.

Pioneering new programme for future environmental leaders launched

Birmingham is leading the way for the next generation of environmental leaders with the appointment of three clean air Fellows in what is the first programme of its kind in the UK.

Three environmental scientists are studying for a master’s degree in Air Pollution Management and Control as McCall MacBain Clean Air Fellows. Two are from the UK and one from North Macedonia, the most polluted country in Europe.

Designed by world-leading academics, the programme takes an interdisciplinary approach, utilising expertise across departments for a holistic understanding of air pollution and its effects. The University has five places available to candidates from the UK, Central and Eastern Europe for 2023-24, with the application process now open.

Recognition for support offered to care leavers

The University of Birmingham has been awarded the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) Quality Mark in recognition of the support available to care experienced and care leaver students.

Since 2020, the University has been a signatory of the Care Leavers’ Covenant, a national inclusion programme that supports care leavers aged 16-25 to live independently. Care leavers can access help with accommodation and finances, alternative offer opportunities and help with transitioning from school or college through the pastoral team.

Could you help a care leaver succeed at University? Read more about the Care Leavers Scholarship.

Duo recognised as UK Female Entrepreneurs to Watch

Two student entrepreneurs supported by the University of Birmingham Elevate programme have been included on the Telegraph NatWest 100 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch list after launching their own businesses.

The watchlist celebrates 100 women in business who are pushing boundaries, redefining success and inspiring others. 

Graduate Juliet Edjere (LLB Law, 2018) was recognised for her work in launching Maze, an all-in-one digital platform to help newcomers settle in the UK, while current PhD researcher Frankie Lewns (BMedSc Biomedical Materials Science, 2019) co-founded Bloomwise to provide proactive mental health solutions to people at work.

Next stage begins for unique youth mental health investigation

Researchers working to improve youth mental health are aiming to roll out an innovative anti-bullying programme at more schools across Birmingham following a successful trial.

KiVa is an anti-bullying intervention developed in Finland that attempts to prevent bullying before it even happens, by encouraging children to behave positively in social interactions and take responsibility by supporting their vulnerable peers. It also offers clear guidelines on how to tackle bullying when it does take place.

The programme had never been used in schools in England prior to its initial trial by staff at the University’s Institute for Mental Health, supported by HSBC. After beginning in four schools in Birmingham, it will now roll out to a further 30 schools as part of a multi-site national trial.