Founded in 1900 by the citizens of Birmingham, the University of Birmingham is a world leading higher education institution, both nationally and internationally that offers high-standard teaching and research in most major disciplines. The University of Birmingham has academic staff of distinction; many recognised as international leaders in their fields and attract students of high ability.
The University is also one of the leading research-based universities in the United Kingdom; the breadth of research expertise is a distinctive characteristic of the University. The last UK Research Assessment Exercise in 2014 confirmed that 87% of the University’s research has global reach, meaning it is recognised internationally in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. Birmingham is 64th in this year’s QS World University Rankings, cementing our position in the top 100 universities globally and placing us 11th out of the 24 Russell Group universities to feature in the ranking.
The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) is based in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences which is one of the five colleges at the University. BCRRE seek to translate research findings into tangible improvements and impacts on railways, with a particular focus on systems thinking and integration to design, maintenance and management. Research areas include Operations Simulation; Traffic Management and Train Control; Data Integration and Cybersecurity; Power Systems and Energy Use; Conditional Monitoring and NDT; Computational Modelling; Aerodynamics; Climate Change and Weather Impact and Geotechnical Engineering.