We're very excited that the newest addition to Selly Oak’s residential development was officially ‘topped out’ at a ceremony last week

New heights for University accommodation

“Damien Chazelle’s La La Land is an especially self-conscious Hollywood musical that seems to thrive on the tension between moments of incongruity and harmony” Dr James Walters, Head of Department of Film and Creative Writing, explains his perspective on the production:

Does La La Land rethink the Hollywood musical?

For Throwback Thursday this week we're sharing this photo from 1960 of our Mermaid, standing at the heart of the Guild of Students.
The Mermaid is the University’s much-loved and striking icon, and she can be found across campus - on our shield, on walls, on the stained glass window in the Great Hall.

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We loved seeing all your photos of Old Joe turning blue last night! Here's one of our favourites, but did you notice our famous clock changed colour?

Pic: _mattcroberts, Instagram

Instagram post by Matt • Feb 21, 2017

Do you have a curious mind?
The University's hugely popular Art & Science Festival returns next month for a week-long celebration of research and culture with academics, artists and adventurers!

This year's theme is land and water and features concerts, exhibitions, screenings, talks and workshops.

For a full list of events taking place and how to book visit the website:

Arts & Science Festival

Old Joe will be turning blue this evening.
Don't worry, it's not the cold getting to him! He is supporting Sock It to Eating Disorders Week.

Find out more about how the University is supporting this and the events taking place through the week: [ Facebook.com Link ]
Our new library was officially opened on Monday, with a call to ensure students are supported and trained to 'discern truth, weigh up conflicting evidence and argue cases'.

Dame Lynne Brindley, Master at Pembroke College, Oxford, and former Chief Executive of the British Library. spoke at the opening ceremony, held to thank staff, project partners and our donors - of which 1,600 alumni...
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"Modern library investment critical to futureproofing research and education in digital era of 'alternative truths'", says Dame Lynne Brindley at the University of Birmingham

There was a glorious sunset over campus last night - did you manage to capture it?
This lovely image from music student Lauren is taken from the sports pitches.

Instagram post by Lauren O'Brien • Feb 20, 2017 at 5:16pm UTC

We're delighted to announce the opening of new study spaces in University Centre.

The Loft and the Avon Room have been given a major overhaul. Improvements include seating for 190 students in a dedicated study space, 30 PC stations, flexible study group seating, improved acoustics and modern ventilation.

There are also lovely panoramic windows in the Loft space!
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The theme for our Instagram Photography Challenge last week was 'Work' - we asked what your work looks like!
Here are our four favourites.

Now which is your favourite? Just react to vote!
This week's theme is 'Hidden Gems'. To join in just tag your images #hellobrum
Images (clockwise from left): chiranmoy_boruah, miniwhit, researchandculturalcollections, shuqianbookmark
We feature a new themed challenge every week - to join in just tag your photos #hellobrum
Prof John Thornes reveals how solar geometry has finally solved the mystery of the rainbow in one of Constable's most iconic paintings.

“Our understanding of the history of this work will now have to be rewritten. Of course, it’s very possible that there are number of other secrets that lie within the skies of his works and those of his contemporaries.”

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Welcome to Monday everyone!
We're going to kick off the week with this great photo from Chevening scholar Kimberley Sherlock.

"Never will there be a happier post-grad Jamaican student studying International Development at the University of Birmingham. I'm 100% sure of it!"

Instagram post by Kimberley Sherlock • Feb 17, 2017 at 7:41pm UTC

Ever wondered what the view is like from the top of our clock tower Old Joe?
Higher education is considered to be liberal, progressive and inclusive. But recent statistics released by the Equality Challenge Unit suggest that this is far from the case writes Bridge Professorial Research Fellow, Professor Kalwant Bhopal.

Will the Race Equality Charter make a difference to the white academy?

“To succeed, the Women’s Marches need to be presented as a collective force that speaks for all women’s experiences, rather than vague terms of 'empowerment' that may work for the individual but offer no real threat to fascism”

Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Political Science, Amelia Morris, who joined the march through London with 100,000 others, says the language of 'female...
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Girl Power? Trump, resistance and the dangers of "empowerment" - University of Birmingham

For Throwback Thursday this week meet Constance Naden; writer, poet, philosopher and scientist.
She was a student at the University’s predecessor Mason College and was made it’s first female Associate in 1888.

Find out more about the how the University project looking at the lives of women past and present around campus [ Birmingham.ac.uk Link ]
One of the most important vitamins for your health is vitamin D. It allows the body to absorb calcium and phosphate from your diet, which are essential for the development of healthy bones.

But our researchers have found that increased levels of active vitamin D in the bloodstream can also be associated with improved muscle function in healthy people.

Consultant Endocrinologist Zaki...
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How vitamin D can improve muscle strength

Our new undergraduate prospectus for 2018 is now out!
Discover how we can help shape your future.

Order your copy here: [ Birmingham.ac.uk Link ]
New health technologies being worked on by our researchers include healing without scarring, the early detection of cancer and improved prosthetics.

The aim is to change the healthcare landscape and ensure people are able to live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Professor in Biomaterials Science, Liam Grover, writes about the partnerships that have led to a new institute being formed and...
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Healthcare technology at Birmingham - University of Birmingham