Have you found our bears yet?

If you go down to University of Birmingham’s campus this summer, you’re in for a bear-illiant surprise!

This summer the University of Birmingham is delighted to be supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, in collaboration with Wild in Art, to host The Big Sleuth. We are sponsoring three bear sculptures to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

On 10 July, three paw-some bears arrived on campus, but have you found them yet? Use your bear-y good detective skills by following our interactive trail to complete your mission and become a super-sleuth. We even have a watchful bear overseeing the creation of the Green Heart throughout the summer! As well as a trail, we will be hosting an array of family events to keep little cubs entertained this holiday and lots of Twitter competitions! All our events are free, so why not come and discover all the University has to offer including some of Birmingham’s finest cultural assets.

Head to our website now and follow our bears on Twitter @beekind_thebear, @buzz_thebear and @rosie_the_bear.

The Big Sleuth at UoB

If you go down to University of Birmingham’s campus this summer, you’re in for a bear-illiant surprise!

This summer the University of Birmingham is delighted to be supporting Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, in collaboration with Wild in Art, to host The Big Sleuth. We are sponsoring three bear sculptures to raise awareness and funds for the charity.

From 10 July – 17 September, three paw-some bears will be hidden across our campus, but will you be able to find them? Use your bear-y good detective skills by following our interactive trail to complete your mission and become a super-sleuth. We even have a watchful bear overseeing the creation of the Green Heart throughout the summer! As well as an interactive trail, we will be hosting an array of family events to keep little cubs entertained this holiday! All our events are free, so why not come and discover all the University has to offer including some of Birmingham’s finest cultural assets.

Head to our website now to get ready!

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Come and find me this summer at UoB

Experience the Green Heart in 360

Last weekend the Green Heart team were out on the road at the Selly Oak Festival and the University of Birmingham Community Festival, spreading the word about the Green Heart transformation taking place on campus. We gave people the opportunity to be transported to 2019 with one of our VR headsets and explore the Green Heart from every angle. Among the ‘wows’ and gasps as the VR appeared before people’s eyes, we answered questions about the development and took more ideas on board.

Didn’t get the chance to see us? You can experience the Green Heart at home in 360 now! We’ve captured key areas of the Green Heart in 360 to allow you to explore your new space all the way from Old Joe, across to the Library and Arts Building, and up to the North Gate. Head to our website for the full experience. VR headsets are compatible with the images as well.

The Green Heart team on the road… again

As well as attending the Selly Oak Festival this Saturday, the Green Heart team will also be making an appearance at the University’s Community Festival on Sunday 11 June! Travel around the world with the University of Birmingham and get hands-on with our research discoveries locally, nationally and globally. With more than 100 FREE events and activities all over campus for the whole family, you won’t want to miss this year’s spectacular event. There’s something for everyone this year:

FREE interactive talks, activities and live music
FREE kid’s activities including soft play area
FREE fun fair rides and circus performers
Find out about studying and working at the University
Indulge in treats from the farmers market and street food stalls

You will find the Green Heart team in the Aston Webb reception from 11:00 – 16:00. We will be giving you the opportunity to experience the Green Heart in 360 Virtual Reality before it’s even built! Be transported to 2019 with one of our VR headsets and explore the Green Heart from every angle, and take a walk through what the campus will become. Our team will also be on-hand to answer all your questions about the parkland, and you can get your hands on promotional materials including a pair of VR goggles to take home. Get a sneak peek of what to expect online now. We can’t wait to see you.

The Green Heart team on the road…

This year, the University of Birmingham are sponsoring the annual Selly Oak Festival on Saturday 10 June. Held at Selly Oak Park from 11:00 – 15:00, the Festival brings local people together from the surrounding communities, including the University, which sits alongside Selly Oak, with many of its students making this vibrant area their home. The fun packed day will boast activities for all ages including a children’s football tournament, fair ground rides, face painter, a BBQ and much more!

You can also come down and see the Green Heart team. We will be giving you the opportunity to experience the Green Heart in 360 Virtual Reality before it’s even built! Be transported to 2019 with one of our VR headsets and explore the Green Heart from every angle, and take a walk through what the campus will become. Our team will also be on-hand to answer all your questions about the parkland, and you can get your hands on promotional materials including a pair of VR goggles to take home. Get a sneak peek of what to expect online now. We can’t wait to see you.

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Free family fun this weekend

Love Museums and Culture?

Another week, and another awareness day. Today is International Museum Day and did you know that our University campus is teeming with some of Birmingham’s finest cultural attractions? All within a 15-minute walk from University Station, the campus is teeming with historical, scientific and cultural wonders; many of which are free to enter, every day of the week!

You won’t be disappointed at what you find:

  • Lapworth Museum of Geology – Transporting visitors back 4.5 billion years, the museum houses everything from dinosaurs to diamonds. The museum is also an Art Fund Museum of the Year finalist 2017!
  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts – Your very own mini National Gallery, housing one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK
  • Winterbourne House and Garden – 7 acres of tranquil botanic gardens nestled in the grounds of an Edwardian Art and Craft house
  • The Bramall – Birmingham’s most exciting new entertainment venue for music, comedy, lectures and ‘Audience With’ evenings
  • Cadbury Research Library – Feed your curiosity and come and consult 200,000 rare books and some 4 million manuscripts
  • Research and Cultural Collections – Visit our exhibitions to see some of our most unusual, inspiring and significant pieces from our collections

We look forward to seeing you and your family on campus soon. You can discover more about all we have to offer here. Don’t forget, we will also have a striking 12 acre parkland, the Green Heart, for you to enjoy from 2019!

Did you get your copy?

This week we delivered the University’s community magazine to over 40,000 households in the local area. Did you get your copy of Community Buzz through the letterbox if you live nearby? If you didn’t, don’t worry, you can download your copy of the Community Buzz Spring 2017 now!

The magazine is teeming with the latest University news, events and research and education highlights. Make sure you save the date for our up-and-coming free family activities and workshops at the Community Festival on 11 June. Plus, why not visit a Monet masterpiece at the Barber Institute, see Allan Lamb at the Bramall or discover our work on cancer research; it’s all in the magazine and much more. Our very own Green Heart project also features, discussing the consultation results and all the exciting things to look forward to in 2019.

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Download your free copy today!