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1 Financial University presentation, 2013
Nick Horsewood (Director of Internationalisation) 1

2 Talk to cover… The University of Birmingham
Economics and Money, Banking and Finance Employability Accommodation Investments on campus Sport Birmingham – The City

3 British Universities – diversity and choice
Huge choice - over 100 institutions Ancient - Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews Civic / Redbrick- Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Leeds 1960’s campus - Aston, Bath, Warwick, York, Sussex New - Oxford Brookes, Westminster Over 80,000 courses to choose from Diverse range of subjects Traditional: Law, Business, Engineering, Medicine Diverse: Forensic science, Geology, Zoology, Urban studies Diverse Course structures - single subject, joint honours - sandwich courses (work placement), internships Professional Accreditation/Exemptions – Medicine, Engineering, Dentistry, Law, Accounting

4 Issues to consider Reputation, History and Tradition Programmes Campus facilities City Costs Location

5 University of Birmingham
Founded 1900 / Russell Group Universitas 21 Over 4,500 international students from 150 different countries. The Times Higher Educational (THE) World University Rankings: 66 in the world (2009) RAE 2008: 12th in the UK for research excellence Teaching Quality: Almost 70% students receive first or upper second class degrees One of the top 6 universities that major companies target

6 Why study at Birmingham?
The economics department: 36+ academics and 8+ admin staff Within the Business School Economics Management Accounting and Finance Marketing

7 The department Current Location : JG Smith Building
900+ undergraduate students 300+ MSc students 50+ PhD students

8 What programmes do we offer?
BSc Economics BSc Money, Banking and Finance BSc Economics with language BSc Economics with minor subject MSc Economics MSc International Economics MSc Development Economics MSc Environmental and Natural Resource Economics MSc Mathematical Finance MSc International Money and Banking MSc Money, Banking and Finance

9 General structure of Undergraduate programmes
Economics or Money, Banking and Finance 120 credits taught courses each year 6 modules per term 2 hours of lectures per week for each module 1 class every 2 weeks 15 contact hours Which modules? 2nd Year Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics, options 3rd Year: Topics in Economics, Extended essay, options

10 General structure of Postgraduate programmes
120/140 credits taught courses each year 6 modules per term 2 hours of lectures per week for each module 1 or 2 class every 2 weeks 14 contact hours Which modules? Core modules: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics Econometrics, Options

Semester 1 Macroeconomics Econometrics with Financial Applications International Banking and Finance Topics in Money and Banking Semester 2 Risk, Uncertainty and Information Economics of Financial Markets Option Dissertation

12 Options International Trade Policy International Banking: Regulation and Supervision Game Theory Development Economic Policy Political Economy and Economic Policy Natural Resource Economics Security Analysis and Portfolio theory (20)

13 Study methods Enquiry-based learning Range of teaching methods
Actively engage in learning process Research questions Range of teaching methods Lectures Classes Seminars Tutorials Independent learning Range of assessment Exams Assignments Presentations

14 What about assessment? All modules have an end-of-year written examination Most modules will have some elements of continuous assessment Essays Class Tests Marked Problems Sets Projects

15 Employability £3.5 million investment in sector-leading employability services 3000 students enrolled on Personal Skills Award Alumni Leadership Mentoring Scheme Global Challenges Internships 7 Major Careers Fairs 55th in the International Herald Tribune (the global edition of The New York Times) in the world and 9th in UK for post qualification employability Birmingham is investing in a wide range of internships and funded work experience placements that will enhance students professional and personal skills, whilst giving practical experience. Each College will have a dedicated employability team. Personal Skills Award is an award winning scheme recognised by a range of employees including PwC, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust and TeachFirst. Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme- a number of high profile Birmingham alumni will provide one-to-one mentoring to selected students throughout their final year. Global Challenge Internships will provide student placements with major graduate recruiters worldwide. They will comprise six to eight week funded placements during the summer vacations. Birmingham is investing in a range of internships and funded work experience placements that will enhance both your professional and personal skills, whilst giving you practical experience. Each College will have a dedicated employability team, including a careers consultant and advisor to offer you specialist advice and help in securing placements, internships and jobs. 15

16 Investing in our campus
£175 million transformation of Edgbaston campus in the next 5 years Bramall Building to open in 2012 with 450 seat music auditorium

17 Sport 2nd in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) League
A sport for everyone 2nd in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) League Athletic Union Intra League Active lifestyles Students can get involved in sports at a level that suits them. At Birmingham we are very proud of our sporting achievements and are currently 2nd in the BUCS League which is a league of UK Universities and Colleges. Students have Wednesday afternoon free and can join sports teams to compete at a high level against other Universities. Alternatively students can play in the Intra-mural league which is a less competitive league between subjects, halls of residence etc. Intra League is a huge programme of recreational sport within the University. It provides an opportunity to take part in competitive sports without the commitment of training. Emphasis is put on sportsmanship, team spirit, fair play and above all enjoyment. Active Lifestyles- The University of Birmingham Sport’s programme of fitness classes, is the largest of its kind in the UK and offers such a huge variety of aerobic, toning, holistic and dance classes that students will be spoilt for choice. Active Lifestyle gives everybody an opportunity to get involved in exercise in a fun and friendly environment. Classes are available to suit all levels so you can try something new or develop existing skills.

18 Campus University Rated as one of the top 3 campuses in the UK
Located 10 minutes away from the City centre Very own train station, art gallery, concert hall, Botanical gardens Open, green spaces Safe, secure and friendly environment Investment of £1 million each week on developments

19 Campus University

20 Campus facilities Learning resources
9 open access computer suites, free internet access 13 library’s and resource centres 2.5 million books, 90,000 added each year Banking HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Natwest Shopping Supermarket, cafés, bars, hair salon, bookstore Healthcare Medical and dental practice, opticians Sports centre One of the top 3 universities for sport in the UK Over 40 different sports Fitness suite, swimming pool, squash courts, sports hall, athletics track, football pitches Guild of students Student societies – over 160 International groups, Film, Debating, sports, chess, human rights Volunteering – over 100 opportunities (international)

21 Entry requirements Potential problems
English IELTS 6.5 no less than 6 in any category (or equivalent) Good scores Potential problems Adjusting to UK university system Joining in Adjusting to UK way of life Grades The weather!!!

22 And when not studying? Subsidized language courses at Language Centre
Dedicated Careers Centre for Bham students Student societies The Banking society The Economics Society And lots more in the Guild of Students

23 What sort of careers? Further degrees in economics or similar (e.g. Cambridge, LSE, UCL, Warwick) Financial sector (merchant and investment banking, stockbroking, financial analysis, retail banking) Accounting and Audit (PWC, KPMG etc) Management consultancy Government (HM Treasury, DFID, FSA) Teaching

24 Accommodation Guaranteed £70 - £140 per week Options for:
En Suite/ Shared Bathroom Catering/ Self Catering Internet connection Social Hub University supported private sector Living Taster Day Saturday 21 April 2012 Fresher Guarantee Scheme The University guarantees a place in university accommodation to those first year undergraduates who want it, subject to the following conditions: The student must be applying for a University place through the main UCAS scheme (i.e. not through Clearing); The student must accept our offer firmly and the application for accommodation must be received by Accommodation Services no later than 31 May; The student must undertake to remain in University accommodation for the whole of their first year. The University of Birmingham may use 3rd Party Providers e.g. Liberty Living and Victoria Hall as part of the Freshers’ Guarantee Scheme. Living Taster Days allows future students to view all of the accommodation available to Undergraduate students arriving in 2012 and look around the facilities our student villages have to offer and talk to students currently living there.

25 Birmingham City Vibrant city First class Arts venues
It is the largest financial and creative district outside London One of Europe's largest shopping developments More then 500 restaurants Vibrant night life Host to international sporting events Sports teams

26 Birmingham- a City reborn
An international centre for retail, commerce and culture £9 billion spent over last 20 years on regeneration Generates more wealth than Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds Around 40% of students choose to stay in the region following graduation Half of all jewellery sold in UK is made in Birmingham Home to the CBSO and Birmingham Royal Ballet The city has shaken off its industrial image with investments of around £9 billion and has emerged as a confident, modern, commercial centre. Around 40% of our students choose to stay in the region following graduation – and for good reasons. The largest financial services and creative sectors outside London are located here, offering excellent career prospects. The city boasts excellent entertainment for all tastes with a range of leading theatres, museums and galleries, including music venues from the O2 Academy to the NIA. It is also host to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) and the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

27 What sort of careers? We think our graduates are our best advertisement!

28 Andrew BSc MBF (2006), 2i Honours Degree
Gap year btw 2nd and 3rd year for year-long internship with State Street Bank, London Since July 2006: Options Trader, State Street Bank, London

29 Aimee BSc MES (2007), First Class Honours Degree
Summer internship with JP Morgan Chase, London Since Sept 2007: Cash Equities Sales and Trading, JP Morgan Chase, London

30 Nauman BSc Econ (2005), 2i Honours Degree
Summer internship with Procter & Gamble, Geneva and Credit Suisse, London MSc Management, University of Cambridge (2006) Language gap year, Bejing, China Since Sept 2007: Associate Consultant, Marakon Associates, London

31 Any questions?

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