Birmingham City University is a modern publicly funded university based in Birmingham, Britain’s second largest city, with 1,700 teaching staff and 24,000 students from 80 countries around the world. The University is a pioneer in learning and teaching, recognised for excellence in new technologies and an exemplar for employer engagement, with extensive links to major corporates and the public sector. The University puts £270 million into the West Midlands regional economy and supports thousands of jobs in the area. Research is central to the corporate strategy, underpinning teaching and increasing the University’s capacity to undertake collaborative activities with business and the community. In the 2014 UK research assessment (REF), almost 90% of research submitted was judged to be making either ’outstanding’ or ’very considerable’ impact.