Birmingham City University is constantly looking for new ways to enhance the learning experience for our students and find innovative ways to give our students real-life insights into their subjects.
From acclaimed author Nick Hornby to advertising guru Trevor Beattie, our students learn first-hand from some inspiring visiting professionals. And because so many of our staff are practising professionals, they are always on top of the latest developments.
But don’t just take our word for it – our commitment to supporting our student community has been recognised with a prestigious national award. The Student Academic Partners Scheme topped the 2010 Times Higher Education Awards in the ‘Outstanding Support for Students’, with the judging panel saying the scheme was a ‘truly outstanding’ example to others in the sector.
Teaching aids, facilities and programmes
Students on our nursing courses benefit from a range of virtual learning tools and interactive teaching aids, in order to develop their critical thinking skills and experience realistic scenarios that they could encounter in the workplace. Our innovative ‘virtual hospital’ was featured on Sky News.
Radiotherapy students can use our futuristic virtual reality radiotherapy suite, which allows them to simulate x-ray techniques using the latest computer software, making us the best-equipped radiography centre in the region.
Our School of Education benefits from some of the most innovative teaching and learning facilities in the country. While our trainee teachers will of course spend plenty of time in real-life classroom situations, we also have specially developed mock classrooms with interactive whiteboards and a mock school gym with changing rooms, allowing our students to practise their skills in a realistic setting.
Law students can gain a unique insight into the workings of the legal system in the USA through our American Legal Practice Internship Programme. Placements last for six to eight weeks and see our students supporting clients who could not otherwise afford legal support, including people on death row.
Exploring new thinking
The University is becoming a favoured place to explore new thinking. Senior policy-makers from across the political spectrum have come here to test ideas that could impact on everyone. We are delighted to welcome them to Birmingham City University for our students to gain access to the ideas they bring.