University of Birmingham

Mailing address: 
School of History & Cultures, Arts Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT
+44 121 414 6984
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Michael Whitby
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
Pro-Vice Chancellor: Head of the College of Arts & Law
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email:
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Boniface Ojok
Focal point 1 - Title: 
Research Assistant
Focal point 1 - Email:
Focal point 2 - Name: 
Eunice Otuko Apio
Focal point 2 - Title: 
Postdoctoral Researcher
Focal point 2 - Email:
Focal point 3 - Name: 
Eleanor Seymour
Focal point 3 - Title: 
Research Assistant
Focal point 3 - Email:
Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
There are three main bodies in the University that are crucial in decision making and governance; these are the Council, the Senate and the University Executive Board. The University is a legally independent, chartered organisation, which is also an exempt charity. It is a private institution which receives significant public funding, principally from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The Council is the University’s supreme governing body, responsible for setting its strategic direction and policies governing all aspects of the University's activity, and for the University's finances and assets. Senate is the highest academic body, and is responsible to the Council. It is responsible for the University's academic policies and for regulating academic work and standards. The University Executive Board (UEB) is the University's senior management team responsible for steering and implementing University strategy and policy. The Vice-Chancellor chairs the University Executive Board (UEB). The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive of the University and is responsible to and appointed by the Council. He is also the University's Designated Officer, accountable to the HEFCE. Beneath the university's central governing institutions sit five colleges corresponding to the major areas of academic enquiry (the arts and humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, maths, computing, life and earth sciences, and medical science) pursued at the university. These five colleges are in turn divided into nineteen schools which group together related disciplines. Five of these schools comprise the College of Arts & Law. The College of Arts & Law is headed by Professor Michael Whitby who is a Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University and sits on the University Executive Board. Professor Whitby is supporting the "Academic Impact" application being made by Professor Sabine Lee, who is the Head of the School of History & Cultures one of the five school's that comprises the College of Arts & Law. Full details of the university's internal governance arrangements can be found here:
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
A brief outline of the impact of the University of Birmingham's research can be read on the "impact" section of the research pages of the University of Birmingham's website: On this page it is possible to read short overviews of the impact that the university's research has had in a wide variety of fields: battling climate change, fighting disease, conserving cultural heritage and addressing ethical issues around the use of technology in warfare that neatly map onto many of the concerns of the United Nations, and its associated agencies; as an organisation.