University of Birmingham & Business School

Telephone Number: 0121 414 3898


Our approach

Successful businesses are crucial for economic growth and we believe that partnerships with the University of Birmingham can assist the continued growth and success of businesses. We are absolutely committed to making our research expertise available to benefit business.

Expertise for you to access

A large and broad university, we specialise in advanced manufacturing, formulation engineering, Quantum technology, cyber security, translational medicine, health and medical technology, low carbon energy, and railways; as well as working with public policy, banking, the NHS, and local and national government.

We work with leading global players from within these sectors such as: Airbus, Astra Zeneca, BP, Ford, GKN, GlaxoSmithKline, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Pfizer, Rolls-Royce, Network Rail, and BAE Systems.

Our outstanding facilities

Technology and Innovation Centre

We are a founding partner in the Manufacturing Technology Centre based at Ansty in Coventry, which has over 50 member companies and offers a unique facility to test novel engineering concepts and processes.

Centre for Formulation Engineering

Our innovative Centre for Formulation Engineering collaborates with businesses on research into micro-structured materials. The centre’s outstanding track record for industrial collaboration was recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary prize in 2011, the highest possible award for an educational institution in the UK.

High Temperature Research Centre

Announced on 8th October 2012, the University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, will be establishing a new £60m High Temperature Research Centre. The Centre will help develop future generations of aero engines, making greener, more efficient air travel possible
If you would like to find out more about these facilities, email:

International business relationships

The University of Birmingham is ranked 62 amongst the world’s top 100 institutions according to the 2013/2014 QS World University Rankings.
We have extensive partnerships with businesses, funding bodies and universities in China, India, North America, and Brazil. We have an office in Brussels and successfully access significant EU funding jointly with business.
If you have interests in these countries and would like to work with us, then let us know and email:

Regional business relationships

The University works closely with business of all sizes in the West Midlands. It plays an integral role in the economic, social and cultural growth of the area. A recent Economic Impact Study concluded that the University of Birmingham generates over £1 billion of regional economic activity each year and supports over 11,830 jobs. Some 40% of our students secure jobs in the West Midlands upon graduation.
If you are a local SME and would like hot desk space or to network with like-minded businesses, then join the Birmingham Business Club and check out BizzInn.

Talent for you to access

More than 5,000 outstanding students from around the world graduate each year, ensuring a motivated and sizeable talent pipeline for businesses to access. 81% of our students are in full time, graduate level employment within six months of graduation and are sought after by international companies. We are always keen to work closely with new partners to provide high quality student talent. Let us know if you would like to work with us to attract them to your business.
If you would like to find out more about accessing our student talent, email:

Services for business to access

Whether you are a large corporate organisation or a small business and whether you require a short term solution or have a long term project in mind, you can access our five colleges, 3,000 academic staff and leading-edge facilities in the following ways:

Licensing and intellectual property
Spin-out companies
Contract research
Equipment, testing and analysis
Access to funding
Student internships, placements, graduate recruitment
Business accommodation
Conferencing facilities
Professional development

The above only scratches the surface of our business engagement activities. We want you to be part of them.

Related Business Support Programmes

Type: Innovation
Sector: All
Area: Tamworth
Type: Innovation
Sector: All
Area: Tamworth
Type: Accommodation
Sector: Life Science
Area: East Staffordshire
Type: Incubator
Sector: All
Area: Tamworth

Related Events

University of Birmingham Marketing Conference 2016

University of Birmingham Marketing Conference 2016

Wednesday 16th November
09:00 - 17:00

Conference open to professionals from across the region who work in marketing

Valuing your business Breakfast Briefing

Valuing your business Breakfast Briefing

Thursday 1st December
07:30 - 09:30

The University of Birmingham Business Club: December Breakfast Briefing

Family Business Workshop Emergence of the Willing Successor

Family Business Workshop Emergence of the Willing Successor

Wednesday 1st March
09.00 - 13.30

Following on from a successful Breakfast Briefing held in 2016, the University of Birmingham Business Club is pleased to announce a workshop to delve deeper into the issues unique to Family Business.

Business Club Breakfast Briefing Examining Language in Business

Business Club Breakfast Briefing Examining Language in Business

Tuesday 28th March
07:30 - 09:30

This breakfast briefing will discuss language in business, whether you are an advertising agency or a business interested in brand management or would like to explore how best to use language to promote your business, this breakfast briefing is for you.

The Meaning of Making People Processes and Places

The Meaning of Making People Processes and Places

Wednesday 7th June
16:00 - 19:30

Join us to celebrate the long tradition of contemporary making in the Midlands and beyond. Focusing on businesses that make useful, beautiful objects from raw materials – explore the importance of making in key locations and celebrate the people, processes and skills involved in making things with care and pride.