Graduate Jobs in Birmingham & the West Midlands
Birmingham and the surrounding West Midlands area accounts for the second largest urban zone in the UK, with a population of over 3.7 million people. The city boasts a rich industrial heritage and played a crucial role during the Industrial Revolution.
Today, the city’s economy is stronger than ever with a GDP of $121.1bn in 2014 – the second largest for a UK city. Birmingham’s arts and educational institutions also remain vibrant, contributing to the city’s status as 4th most popular with foreign visitors in the UK.
Birmingham is home to a number of highly respected universities. The University of Birmingham is a member of the Russell Group and ranks in the top 10 for Computer Science and Physics.
The University of Warwick is close by and is ranked as the 7th best UK University (ranked 6th for Computer Science), whilst Aston University continues to enjoy a good reputation.
Other local universities include Birmingham City University, the University of Wolverhampton, Coventry University and the newly established institutions, Newman University and University College Birmingham.
Although Birmingham’s status a major city is owed to its manufacturing and engineering history, the city’s reputation as a tech cluster continues to grow. With over 16,000 start-ups established in 2013 alone, Birmingham has established itself as the setting for the highest level of entrepreneurial activity in the UK outside of London.
With the University of Birmingham continuing to commit research into nano-technology, the city is set to remain a tech hotspot for years to come.
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