About Birmingham


The Guild of Students is your Students’ Union – and, as a student at Birmingham, you automatically become one of our members. We’re a democratic, independent organisation which exists to represent, support and entertain you – and we take Postgraduate matters seriously. Postgraduate study can be intense and challenging – but it’s important to remember that there’s life outside the lab. Whether it’s through volunteering, joining a student group, taking on a part-time job or just catching up with friends over a drink in Joe’s, we’re here to help you get the best from Birmingham.

The Guild of Students was established in 1876 as a charitable organisation. The Guild has always been run by students – for students. Today, the Guild is one of the largest Students’ Unions in the country, representing over 38,000 students and is led by 7 Full Time Officers who are democratically elected by students to represent their interests to the university and beyond.

The majority of the bookable rooms in the Guild building are named after noteworthy people, including Nelson Mandela, Harvey Milk and Rosa Parks. Our Guild Council Chambers are named after Mike Terry, Guild President (1968/69) who led the Anti-Apartheid Movement, campaigning against racial segregation in southern Africa.

Mermaid Square photo including Old Joe


The University of Birmingham was founded in 1900 as the first ‘red brick’ university in the UK and a founding member of the Russell Group. The university currently has around 38,000 students – including 14,000 postgraduates (9,000 taught postgrads, 5,000 postgrad researchers) making up nearly 40% of the student body and around 30% of our postgraduates are international students.

On the University’s main Edgbaston campus, you can find historical, scientific, cultural and sporting assets open to our community