Birmingham City University, a publicly funded Higher Education Institution, is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. The University provides a wide range of taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, Masters and Doctoral level research, and also delivers many Knowledge Transfer, Community Engagement and Professional Development initiatives. The University has particular strengths in interdisciplinary working and the practical application of knowledge, underpinning a deep commitment to professional relevance and employability.
The University puts £270 million into the regional economy and is actively involved in a diverse range of collaborative programmes with local, UK and EU partners, including industry, commerce and public bodies. All the activities of the organisation embody its core values of excellence, focus on people, working in partnership, fairness and integrity.
The STEAM team at BCU has been working on cross projects and developing STEAM approaches over the past 10 years. This has culminated in the opening of a physical building for STEAM – a collaborative maker space – known as STEAMhouse which is based in the heart of the city’s creative quarter. STEAMhouse is partly funded by ERDF and the Arts Council with the primary aim of supporting and developing local businesses by using inter-disciplinary and collaborative approaches. STEAMhouse connects arts with STEM disciplines and provides a space for curiosity and collaboration alongside fabrication, prototyping and testing in wood, metal, print and digital forms. The next stage of development for BCU is to support the creation of STEAM curriculum and teaching, ensure STEAM thinking is embedded in the course materials and used in the teaching methods.