Director of Residential and Environmental Services
The Edgbaston campus also includes Winterbourne House and Garden, a unique Edwardian heritage attraction that is home to more than 6,000 plant species from around the world. Our cultural profile was significantly enhanced with the opening of The Bramall music building in 2013, funded through generous benefactions. This houses the Elgar Concert Hall, named after our first Professor of Music, Sir Edward Elgar, and is a striking venue that complements our global reputation in music, attracting some of the most talented musicians from across the world to study here.
The city of Birmingham
Birmingham is the UK’s second biggest city and a major European centre. It is a city of historical interest and contemporary vision and has a rich and diverse community that creates a vibrant, multicultural and exciting place to live and work. It is home to the internationally renowned Birmingham Royal Ballet and one of the world’s greatest concert venues, the Symphony Hall. The City Museum and Art Gallery houses the world’s finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, alongside a major collection of old masters, modern and contemporary pictures. The stunning New Street station redevelopment opened in 2015; this provides links to the University’s own dedicated railway station, and will be at the centre of the proposed high-speed rail network. London is 80 minutes away by shuttle service, with trains every 20 minutes. The remarkable Grand Central shopping and restaurant complex sits above the station, and is just a short walk from the iconic Bullring, one of the largest dedicated shopping facilities in Europe. Sports and recreation are also well served; the city offers international test cricket, high-level football, international championship golf and top-class rugby. As a multicultural city, Birmingham is also renowned for the breadth of its cuisine and has more Michelin starred restaurants than any other English city outside London. Birmingham is within an hour’s drive of Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds. From Birmingham Airport, more than 50 different airlines operate scheduled services to 100 destinations worldwide.
3. Hospitality and Accommodation Services
Hospitality and Accommodation Services (HAS) plays a unique and significant role in the quality of the student, staff and visitor experience at the University of Birmingham. As one of the largest hospitality organisations in the West Midlands, HAS provides round the clock services across diverse areas such as the University’s sporting facilities, catering, cleaning, conferencing, hotel operations, day nurseries, portering, post, retail, student housing, transport, waste disposal and recycling. HAS also provides the support for car parking systems, security, emergency planning, telecoms, and in addition the stewardship of Winterbourne House and Gardens. The HAS team are focused on improving services that enhance the student experience, provide support to academic staff in the pursuit of research and teaching excellence and provide exceptional facilities for visitors to the University.
Further information regarding HAS is available at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/colleges/professional/has/index.aspx
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