David Atkins

David Atkins
Birmingham University


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UoB graduation celebrations for this year’s students are planning to go ahead outside this summer

We knew the Green Heart would save us

Birmingham Uni graduations to go ahead despite other universities cancelling events

We knew the Green Heart would save us

This UoB student took her landlord to court and won her entire year’s rent back

She’s even written her diss on it

UoB is planning for a blend of face to face and virtual teaching for next year

Things can only get better

UoB launches a £2.2 million research project to improve the treatment of long Covid

Academics have been involved in over 100 clinical papers

UoB are only inviting students studying practical courses and creative subjects to return to campus for in-person teaching

It’s alright for some

Here’s all the latest reopening plans for the best nights out in Brum

Let’s face it we all deserve a proper night out

Meet the UoB student making easy online food recipes to get you through lockdown

So many recipes for those of you craving a tasty meal

Cadbury’s Dairy Milk production is returning to Birmingham with a £15 million investment

The investment will produce 125 million extra bars at Bournville

Party goers travelled over 200 miles to attend a lockdown student party in Birmingham

Some of them had travelled from as far as Newcastle and London

Over 400 people have signed a petition demanding UoB to apologise for its historical ‘gay conversion therapy’

Multiple people have now reported incidents of historical conversion therapy at UoB

UoB will be rolling out asymptomatic mass testing again for returning students from January

Students will be able to get tested again from 5 January to 5 February

UoB will reduce next year’s entry requirements by a grade for most students

The university has become the first to make this move

Birmingham Uni will reduce next year’s entry requirements by a grade for most students

The university has become the first to make this move

All the famous people you had no idea went to Birmingham Uni

Yes Jackie from Friday Night Dinner went to UoB

UoB have published their plans for students to return home for Christmas

Students testing negative will have a window from 3-9 December to return home

‘It exploded close to my feet’: UoB students react to Selly firework incidents

Four firework incidents have been reported in Selly over the last few weeks

Birmingham set to go into Tier 3 restrictions

Yesterday 44 new Covid-19 deaths were recorded in Birmingham and the West Midlands

More than 1,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed at UoB

Another 126 UoB students tested positive within the past seven days

Breaking: Most end of semester one UoB exams will be online

Professor Kathy Armour, sent an email to students outlining the new online assessment plans

Coronavirus cases at UoB rise by more than 300 in a week

An additional 301 students and five teaching staff have tested positive within a week

Nearly 300 coronavirus cases have been confirmed at the University of Birmingham

UoB have not yet informed students of these cases

Breaking: Birmingham UCU reports 66 cases of coronavirus at the University of Birmingham

Birmingham UCU reports 61 students and five members of academic staff having coronavirus across at least eight different university schools

The Birmingham Tab is recruiting new writers and we want you!

Join our virtual open meeting on 2nd October

In pictures: Snobs sit-down events

Big Wednesdays at Snobs are back!

UoB is planning for students to return as normal despite the new Birmingham COVID-19 restrictions

UoB say rise in infection rates is ‘not being driven in educational settings’

Man arrested in Selly Oak over Birmingham stabbings attack

The suspect was arrested in a Selly Oak address at 4am on Monday

Snobs is reopening, but only with sit-down events

How am I gonna dad dance now

This former UoB student is helping with the launch of the latest climate app

This app will allow you to check your individual carbon footprint and for others too

UoB’s Bhangra society appeared in a new BBC One documentary covering the ‘Bhangra Showdown’ competition

The filming lasted over three months

All of the restaurants within one mile of UoB involved in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme

Dilshad’s has made the list

Which UoB accommodation best suits you?

We can’t all be in Chamberlain

‘You can’t expect us to pay over £9,000 for this’: UoB politics students react to module reductions

Final year politics modules have been reduced from 26 to 16

Which pubs in Selly are open?

Currently only The Goose and The Bristol Pear are open

Every Brum student will be getting a UoB-branded face mask in September

No news whether we’ll get customised old joe masks yet

A Birmingham student is being featured on national billboards to mark the NHS’ birthday

‘It’s all a bit of a blur’

Free Britney: Why everyone is suddenly calling for Britney Spears to be freed

What even is a conservatorship?

These students have created a website to tell you where you can go on holiday this year

They are making a US and EU version too

UoB confirms online teaching for semester one and a reduction in course modules

There was no mention of tuition fees or rent

LGBT+ students tell us how they have been celebrating Pride this year

Miss Rona won’t stop us

Only a true Eurovision superfan could score 10/16 on this impossibly hard quiz

This is harder than actually winning Eurovision

‘Abhorrent and unacceptable’: UoB responds to the Brum-fress style page posting racist confessions

UoB are encouraging students to report the racist posts

Meet the Brum students helping supply 430 sets of scrubs to the NHS

They have helped supply 3000 scrubs bags too

‘The prices were the same’: This Brum student was one of the first back inside Primark

The Birmingham Tab spoke to one of the first shoppers to enter Primark

UoB is investigating the Birmingham student involved with the racist group chat

The student used a number of racial slurs in the group chat

‘I am disgusted by myself’: UoB student apologises for racist group chat

He described an opposing rugby player as ‘black, a lesser species’

UoB is ranked the top UK university for American and Canadian studies in the 2021 Complete University Guide

Overall nationally UoB is 13th

Take this important quiz to find out which TikTok dance you truly are

Please I’m begging for Think About Things

In pictures: 4,000 people protest in Birmingham for Black Lives Matter

Yesterday’s pictures from Birmingham’s Black Lives Matter protest

Birmingham City Council apologises for painting over George Floyd tribute

The artist tells The Birmingham Tab the apology isn’t enough

Young UK Black Lives Matters protestors tell us why it’s so important to them

‘We need to educate our country about racism and economic injustice’

Ranked: The 20 most iconic moments from Big Brother

Yes all of this did actually happen

Universities are planning to group students in protective course bubbles for social distancing

They’re also drawing up plans to hold Freshers’ events virtually

‘Birmingham can either remain silent or speak up’: meet the UoB students rallying for Black Lives Matter

The Birmingham Tab spoke to students participating in the upcoming protests

Valefest is officially launching a virtual festival

The event will live be on 6 June

‘The work I put in is devalued by the coursework’: Year abroad students let down by UoB

The Birmingham Tab spoke to students studying abroad about how their degree programmes were affected by COVID-19

No pay cut for UoB’s £450k Vice Chancellor for now, say uni

Over 40 per cent of Russell Group Vice Chancellors have taken a pay cut

Meet the Birmingham student who wrote a dissertation on Mumsnet

‘I’m not sure if Mumsnet users were happy with me’

University of Birmingham confirms year abroads may not go ahead

Travel abroad is unlikely for the first semester

Birmingham Medical School’s FC have raised over £6000 for the NHS

The Birmingham Tab interviews medical students involved in the NHS fundraiser

Meet the Birmingham graduate DJ on the frontline of the NHS

He’s launched the NHSessions on his Instagram during the coronavirus outbreak

Birmingham University rejects the Guild’s ‘No Detriment Policy’ recommendations

Apparently ‘some students would gain an advantage even though they have not been disadvantaged.’

Arsonists burn down phone mast providing coverage to Brum Nightingale hospital

It wasn’t even a 5G mast

A University of Birmingham professor has died from COVID-19

Economics Professor Peter Sinclair died after suffering with coronavirus

UoB students set up community group to deliver supplies for people self-isolating

They’re also giving supplies out to local food banks

Birmingham Uni scientists are converting their labs into hand sanitiser factories

They managed to make over 1,000 bottles in just two days

UoB confirms that it will be moving all teaching online as of next week

It will also shut all non-essential buildings within a week

Breaking: Birmingham could cancel exams worth less than half of modules

Staff are being told to prepare online versions of all exams

‘David Eastwood needs to grow up’: here’s what students really think about the month of strikes

Other students say that a four week strike is too long