Inspired by our civic mission, the University of Birmingham partnered with the Birmingham 2022 Business and Tourism Programme (BATP) to drive regional long-term economic benefit and to boost the West Midlands and the UK’s global reputation. We partnered early with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and are proud to have worked with business and local government to play our part in making it a success. The University was home to the Athlete’s Village and the squash and the hockey events. As UK House, our Exchange building in the city centre welcomed 1,000 businesses and investors. The Games has helped to shift perceptions of the city.
Through the University’s work with BATP and international events around the Queen’s Baton Relay, we showcased our education and research offer, as well as expertise in working with business and policymakers to tackle global challenges: uncovering the path to Net Zero through decarbonization of heat and transport and addressing inequalities across healthcare, access to opportunities and skills development. The Games highlighted the potential for collaboration when focused on a common cause and the University will build on this legacy as we continue to share our expertise in supporting inclusive, sustainable growth in our region and across the globe.