Last Week was the University of Birmingham’s (UoB) 120th Birthday!
On 25 May 1900, Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the Birmingham University Act.
Birmingham University was the first red brick university in the country – the first independent civic university to be awarded full university status by Royal Charter.
A red brick university was originally one of the nine civic universities founded in the major industrial cities of England in the 19th century. The university has stated that the popularity of the term “red brick” owes to its own Chancellor’s Court, constructed from Accrington red brick.
I was lucky enough to study at UoB for both by Undergraduate and Master’s degrees and the university will always have a special place in my heart. I tried to take a photo of the campus this week but unfortunately it is closed at the moment due to the current circumstances facing the UK and the world, so this photo from afar will just have to do. I can’t wait to get back on campus very soon.