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Birmingham City University

Our early history can be traced back to the five individual colleges which would be brought together as The City of Birmingham Polytechnic in 1971. Birmingham College of Art has its roots back in October 1843, when the Birmingham Society of Artists opened the Birmingham Government School of Design. In 1884 the School evolved into Birmingham College of Art, moving to a beautiful purpose-built Venetian Gothic building on Margaret Street designed by John Chamberlain. Today Margaret Street, which still houses our Department of Art, is a Grade I Listed Building. In 1888 Birmingham School of Jewellery, which was based in Ellen Street, became a branch of the College of Art. Two years later a new building was opened in Vittoria Street which has been the School's home ever since. The School of Architecture was established within the College of Art in 1909 and won Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recognition in 1923 and 1930 to become one of the UK’s major schools of architecture. On entry into the Polytechnic, the School became a leading department of the Faculty of the Built Environment. Birmingham College of Commerce was established in the early 20th century and became a branch of Birmingham Central Technical College (CTC) with its main teaching centre in Edmund Street. A new CTC at Gosta Green was formally opened by HM The Queen in 1955 and the College of Commerce moved to the site in the early 1960s. In 1961, the CTC’s technology divisions became the UK's first College of Advanced Technology which, in 1966, became Aston University. The College of Commerce remained separate, however, before becoming part of the Polytechnic. In 2007 the University changed its name to Birmingham City University and received a new logo, a reworking of the tiger crest used by the University of Central England in Birmingham, which itself originally came from the Birmingham College of Commerce, one of the Polytechnic's founder institutions. The Education Liaison team is part of the Marketing and Communications Department at the University, working with schools and colleges to promote the University to prospective students. A large part of what we do focuses on ensuring that the right students are recruited onto the right courses. We attend Higher Education fairs, host school visits and offer information and guidance, as well as participating in many other activities. Our aim is to raise educational standards and aspirations and help to remove any barriers that still surround entry to HE. The main focus of the Education Liaison service is to encourage informed decisions – whether that is for parents, teachers, local partners or most importantly, the students themselves.

Our professional and confidential Health and Wellbeing services offer support for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, helping you to make the most out of your time at university. ### Practical support and advice for prospective and current students with physical or sensory disabilities, specific learning difficulties (ie dyslexia), autism or chronic medical conditions. We also provide information about additional funding such as Disabled Students’ Allowances, run a Personal Assistance Scheme and offer a dyslexia screening and diagnostic service. ### Practical support and advice for prospective and current students with mental health difficulties or concerns about their general wellbeing. We also provide advice and guidance for young people leaving care and applying to or already studying at university. ### Finance is one of the key issues when deciding to take a higher education course. You may be feeling anxious about your finances and wondering how you will manage to pay your tuition fees, living expenses and all the costs associated with going to university. ### That's why our Finance and Money Matters team in Student Services are on hand to help you with any questions or problems you may have, both before and during your time as a student here. Fees, funding, budgeting, money management - we can help you get to grips with it all. ### Whether you’ve already taken the first steps in your career, or have a good degree but want to focus your knowledge into a specific field, Birmingham City University offers a broad range of flexible full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, research degrees and professional development programmes that help you go further. ### We are a large and vibrant institution, providing a stimulating and dynamic educational environment for all of our students. Situated in the UK's 'second city' and catering for over 4,500 postgraduate students (around 23,500 including undergraduates), we are rightly seen as an educational powerhouse both nationally and abroad. As an institution we have a longstanding and distinctive focus on research, professional training and creative practice.

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