University College Birmingham was deeply saddened to hear of Her Majesty The Queen's death. Our thoughts go out to the Royal Family at this difficult time.
We fondly remember moments such as this one, where our former Principal for over 25 years, Dr Edward McIntyre, received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
We know this is an emotional time for many members of our University community and we want to help you through it, as well as keeping you updated on any impact to your studies.
This page will give you more details on what to expect on campus.
Celebrate a remarkable life
Queen Elizabeth II had an enormous impact on people across the globe during an extraordinary 70-year reign.
We know our students and staff may want to pay their own tribute. Here you can record your own personal reflections of the Queen’s remarkable life by leaving an entry in our digital book of condolence.
If you would like to sign a physical book of condolence, there are many places you can go in Birmingham to pay your respects, including the Hall of Memory (Centenary Square), St Paul's Church (Jewellery Quarter), Birmingham Cathedral (Colmore Row) and the Peace Gardens (Bath Row).
Will campus stay open during the mourning period?
Yes, campus will remain open during the national mourning period.
However, the University will be closed on Monday 19th September, which has been declared a national Bank Holiday for the state funeral, and there will be no teaching.
Will there be a minute or two-minute silence? When?
Yes, there will be a one-minute national silence at 8pm on Sunday 18th September, followed by a two-minute silence at 11.55am following the state funeral on Monday 19th September.
Can I watch the funeral on campus?
The state funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September at 11am, followed by a two-minute silence at 11.55am.
We will be showing the funeral on the TV screens in the social spaces of The Maltings halls of residence in Granville Street (B1 1SB), our higher education students are welcome to go along and watch.
Please note: there is no sign in procedure at The Maltings, you will need to use the warden button outside the gate to gain access and must have your student ID with you. There won't be any food or drinks provided.
Will my lectures and seminars still go ahead?
Yes, teaching, learning and assessment will all continue as planned during the national mourning period.
However, the University will be closed on Monday 19th September, which has been declared a national Bank Holiday for the state funeral, and there will be no teaching. Please note: the first day of further education teaching will be Tuesday 20th September.
What support is available to me?
Our Wellbeing team is there for you, if you need to talk. They are based at The Link in Summer Row, or you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the Student Assistance Programme, which provides 24/7 access to trained counsellors on 0800 028 3766.
Will WelcomeFest go ahead as planned?
Yes, WelcomeFest for both further and higher education students will go ahead as planned.
Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education
In 1998, we proudly received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for education and training in the hospitality and tourism industries.
Celebrating excellence, innovation and public benefit in work carried out by UK colleges and universities, these annual prizes are run by the Royal Anniversary Trust, an independent charity, and are a true honour of the highest order.
It was a privilege for us to be deemed by Her Majesty The Queen as a ‘centre of excellence’ for ‘close working between industry and education to maintain the highest standards in a key international industry.’