The University of Birmingham is a British 'Red Brick' university, and a member of the prestigious Russell Group (twenty UK top research universities) and Universitas 21 (a global network of research-intensive universities). It is ranked as a Top 100 University in the world by a number of international league tables.

The university's system was restructured into five 'colleges':
  • Arts and Law
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Medical and Dental Sciences
  • Social Sciences
Notable alumni include the politicians Neville Chamberlain, Baroness Amos and Chen Liangyu, musician Simon Le Bon, sailor Lisa Clayton, etc.

Ranking Performance:

- ranked 75th globally in the THES World Top 200 University Rankings 2008.

- 91st internationally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2008.

- 22nd nationally in the Times Good University Guide 2010.

- 24th nationally in the Guardian University Guide 2010.

- 21st for Business and Management Studies (Guardian 2009).

- 8th for European Studies (RAE 2008).

- 25th for Biosciences (Guardian 2008).

- 31st for Mathematics (Times 2008).

- Birmingham is one of Sutton Trust 13 universities (those ranked the highest in an average of university league tables in 2000).

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek