Highest-ranking university in the West Midlands

When it comes to student feedback, our university stands out. Students were asked to rate their university experience for the 2024 Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA), considering what shaped their time at university, and we were enormously proud to rank top in the West Midlands.

We were also regional winners for student support, international and our postgraduate provision in the only awards in the UK based solely on student choice. This adds up to a hat-trick of years where we have won top awards, including winning UK University of the Year in 2022 and silver in the category in 2023.

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Read about our 2022 win

Student support - regional winner

Creating a positive environment for students is paramount at University College Birmingham and we offer an enhanced student support hub with one-to-one tailored support services.  

From our expert teaching staff to our Centre for Academic Skills and English, which provides students with essential skills, to dedicated disability support through to our compassionate health and wellbeing team, the University is proud to strengthen students’ experience through first-class support. 

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International - regional winner

Our international students are part of a global student community of more than 3,100 students from over 70 countries, choosing us because of our diversity and unique range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, which combine theory with a strong emphasis on practical experience.

Winning this award recognises our commitment to ensuring our international students have the best student experience at an inclusive university in the heart of Birmingham and the UK. 

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Postgraduate - regional winner

We are proud to be regional winners for our postgraduate provision. Cementing this, we had stellar results from entirely student-based feedback metrics that placed us first out of 101 higher education institutions for postgraduate student support and resources in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), the largest survey of its kind in higher education.

Postgraduate students also rated the University 4th in overall student satisfaction, as well as top 10 in every category out of all institutions.

Winning this award demonstrates the excellent standards of the University’s postgraduate courses and commitment to an exceptional student experience.

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"We are very proud to be the highest-ranking university in the West Midlands, where many of our students come from and thrive in our inclusive, diverse community. It is a fantastic achievement as this is voted for by students themselves. I would like to thank all our students and staff for showing such commitment to excelling and developing our region's skilled workforce."

Professor Michael Harkin Vice-Chancellor and Principal

Award-winning year on year

We are extremely proud of our departments and students that come together at University College Birmingham and help create our unique student experience. With each passing year, our students and departments outdo themselves, winning awards in their respective industries, both for the University and themselves. Below are just a selection of some of the latest awards and nominations our students and the University have received:

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Many of our undergraduate courses are accredited by our partner, the University of Warwick, a prestigious Russell Group university ranked 9th in the UK in The Guardian 2024 league table. These awards give a strong message to our students on just how seriously we take the quality of their teaching experience. We will continue to work with our students, staff and parents to develop our student offering year on year.

Our range of courses will help you learn the essential skills and knowledge for your future. 

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Make the first step

We believe the best way to experience University College Birmingham is by visiting one of our undergraduate open days, where you will get to meet subject lecturers and view our first-class facilities for yourself.

But there is so much more to discover about our student experience – and you can do so right now online. Use the links in the sections below to find out more about the different departments that come together to make student life at University College Birmingham the award-winning experience that it is. 

When you've discovered more about us – and are ready to take the next step – you can register to attend an open day, or apply for your preferred course.

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