Birmingham City University, City North Campus, Birmingham, B42 2SU, United Kingdom +44 (0)121 331 5000
  • Affiliations million+, Skillset
  • Campus Urban (multiple)
  • Chancellor Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Chauhdry Rashid[2]
  • Endowment £1.8 million [1]
  • Established 1992—gained university status
  • Former Birmingham College of Art,
  • Location Birmingham, West Midlands, England, United Kingdom
  • Motto Latin: Age Quod Agis
  • Postgraduates 3,726[3]
  • Students 24,849[3]
  • Students 493 FE[3]
  • Type Public
  • Undergraduates 20,630[3]
  • Vice Chancellor David Tidmarsh
  • Vice principal
Birmingham City University (abbrev. as BCU; and previously Birmingham Polytechnic and the University of Central England in Birmingham) is a post-1992 British university in the city of Birmingham, England. It is the second largest of three universities in the city, the other two being the Aston University and University of Birmingham. Initially established as the Birmingham College of Art with roots dating back to 1843. In 1971 it was designated as a polytechnic until 1992, when it gained university status.
Birmingham City University is the West Midlands' largest provider of higher education for undergraduate study, and its portfolio of part-time courses is among the biggest in the UK. Roughly half of the university's full-time students are from the West Midlands, and a large percentage of these are from ethnic minorities. The university runs access and foundation programmes through an international network of associated universities and further education colleges.
Throughout its history the university has been spread across a number of different sites in Birmingham. As of 2008, the university is at the following campuses:City North Campus is the main university campus located in Perry Barr, Birmingham. This campus includes the Birmingham City Business School; Faculty of Education, Law and Social Sciences; and a part of the Faculty of Performance, Media and English;City Centre Campus located in Millennium Point is the home of Birmingham School of Acting and the Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment (formerly the Technology Innovation Centre). A new campus is being built next to the existing facilities and is set to open in 2013.Gosta Green, the main home of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD).Vittoria Street in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, home to the School of Jewellery (BIAD).Margaret Street, home of the School of Fine Art (BIAD), formerly home of the Birmingham School of Art.