The impact of Birmingham In Action

Eighteen months ago, alumni, supporters, students and staff launched the Birmingham In Action campaign, to change lives through ground-breaking research and support for students.

Generous donors and volunteers have made a huge difference, even in the midst of the pandemic. The people you have supported, plus many who may benefit in the future, took to Zoom to share their stories and give their thanks; students who have received scholarships, young people who are informing mental health research, donors to cancer research and academics who are driving the research.

Thank you to everyone who has made a gift to help tackle some of our world's greatest challenges and are helping to transform lives for our generation and the next.

Bright Minds In Birmingham 

Our Pathways to Birmingham programme provides students with an insight into university study and graduate employability, support with the university application process and enables successful transition to higher education.

Access to Birmingham (A2B) is part of the Pathways to Birmingham scheme, for disadvantaged students who may be the first in their family to go university, have been in care, from a low-income household, are living with a disability, and more. Every student is supported by donations from alumni and friends of the University.

Blessing, Niamh and Poppie discuss the impact having a scholarship has had on their lives.

Birmingham In Mind

The Institute for Mental Health at the University of Birmingham is working to understand the causes of poor mental health and develop effective treatments and services.

The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is a group of 18-25 year olds who help to create, shape and challenge research into youth mental health. Members are paid, and take part in monthly meetings to discuss research ideas, contribute to work on research grants and take part in training.

YAG members Rowmell and Lizzie share their experiences and Professor Matthew Broome discusses the impact of philanthropy on youth mental health research.

Birmingham In Cancer Wards

Right now the University is close to making life-saving breakthroughs in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Find out more about some of the ground-breaking research happening right now in Birmingham and watch Professor Andrew Beggs, donor Wendy Tarplee-Morris from the Little Princess Trust and donors Cara de Faye and Lee Hancock.

Enjoyed reading about the people the Birmingham In Action campaign has impacted? Read more about the environmental and global issues it addresses - plus see how the University is creating the UK's first recycling line for rare metals used in electric cars and renewable/low carbon technologies.

You can join thousands of alumni and supporters taking action to support students and research at Birmingham by visiting the Birmingham In Action website, or by contacting Gary Bilham, Head of Philanthropy.