BCA Education Focus Group

The BCA Education Group draws support from the major universities/colleges and beyond to celebrate and recognise the significance of our Commonwealth connections.


We aim to:

  • Develop an international dimension of collaborative engagement between Birmingham’s educational institutions and their Commonwealth counterparts.
  • Foster social and academic enrichment
  • Attract overseas students to the city as a source of revenue and as ambassadors of the future






Chair of the Education Group



Professor Louise Toner

Associate Dean at Birmingham City University (Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences)




Article on Survey to calculate the economic contribution of International (non EU) students

This group carried out a 9 month survey to calculate the economic contribution International students (non EU students) brought to Birmingham and Greater Birmingham during the period 2013/2014. All five Birmingham Universities and two of the larger Colleges were invited to participate. The information they submitted  identified the student fees paid to them, the spend of their students in the city and beyond on accommodation/social/food etc. and the resultant jobs their spending contributed to the local economy and finally, the income derived by Birmingham Airport, hotels etc. as a result of friends and family of students visiting the city. The result – International students contributed £412 million in 2013/14 to Greater Birmingham.


Birmingham City University

BCU joined a tripartite delegation organised by the BCA in April 2016 to Jamaica. They were subsequently successful in an International Credit Mobility bid to work with the University of the West Indies to assist them in raising research capacity and capability.


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For further information, write to distinctly-bca@birmingham.gov.uk.

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Supported by Birmingham City Council
The BCA is a branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society
Birmingham Commonwealth Association Ltd, Registered in England and Wales, Co No. 9959637
Reg office: Wick Episcopi, Upper Wick, Rushwick, Worcestershire, WR2 5SY
Email: office@birminghamcommonwealthassociation.com