The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston, Birmingham. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Queen's College, Birmingham (founded in 1825 as the Birmingham School of Medicine and Surgery) and Mason Science College (established in 1875 by Sir Josiah Mason), making it the first English civic or 'red brick' university to receive its own royal charter.
It is a founding member of both the Russell Group of British research universities and the international network of research universities, Universitas 21.
The university was ranked 14th in the UK and 79th in the world in the QS World University Rankings for 2019.
The clock tower known as Old Joe is a memorial to Joseph Chamberlain and is the tallest free standing clock in the world
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