tHE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
The University of Birmingham is located in Edgbaston, just outside of the Birmingham City Centre. It received its Royal Charter from Queen Victoria in 1900 and was the first red brick university, a founding member of the prestigious Russel Group, Universitas 21 group, and the National Union of Students. The university consistently ranks among the top universities, both nationally and globally, and has previously been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards. Alumni of the university include former British Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin, and eight Nobel laureates.
The university is home to many prominent collections including the Barber Institute of Fine Arts which houses great works including those of Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet; the Lapworth Museum of Geology; and the Cadbury Research Library which houses the Mingana Collection of Middle Eastern manuscripts and the Chamberlain Collection. The university is also home to the Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Clock Tower, also known locally as Old Joe, which is the tallest free-standing clock tower in the world.