Calling all University of Birmingham Students…

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Join our Big Conversation about building exciting Futures for your University. How will today’s 8 year olds want to study in 2026 and what will they want to learn? How can we prepare for different futures to ensure we retain our position as a leading Global University?

How can you join the Big Futures Conversation?

There are many different ways in which you can join the conversation. If you have any questions ask staff in your School or email a query to:

Students (studying on and off campus) can engage:

  • Through your Reps and SEPOs/SEOs  – send your views to them or generate discussions in lectures
  • Through the Guild who will be inviting contributions and holding events
  • With academic staff in lectures and tutorials (next event, the 8th Feb, 4.30-6pm in the Guild- there will be cake!)
  • Comment directly on existing posts on the Big Conversation website  – just add your coments to a comments box and submit (there will be a short delay before it is visible on the site as there is a filter to verify the post is genuine before it appears)
  • Twitter/Facebook/blog #UoBFutures
  • Individual comments submitted by email
  • VC seminars
  • By entering our Student Futures Competition…


We are inviting students – as individuals or groups – to enter a Futures Competition. Students are invited to:

Either write a thought-piece of up to 500 words (in any style you choose)

Or create an e-poster, infographic or video.

Title: ‘A Futures Curriculum for the University of Birmingham’

The aim is to construct an innovative and compelling ‘Futures’ vision that can inform the way we should design our university education and/or the curriculum for 2026.

Prizes:  There are significant prizes for most creative and forward thinking contributions from students in each of the five Colleges (£500 per winner, per College). The winners will be selected by a panel including academic, professional staff and the Guild.

  • Deadline for submission: Friday 31st March, 5pm. Submissions and queries about submissions should be made via the Big Conversation dedicated email account:



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