Birmingham City University
"With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country's most employable graduates." - Birmingham City University website. The university can be traced back to its origins as Birmingham College of Arts in 1843. By 1971, the college joined with other four to form The City of Birmingham Polytechnic, the first name for Birmingham City University. By 2012, it had received two consecutive year recognition for its excellence in a range of services and activities by Times Higher Education.