One of our tenants is throwing the first ever music festival dedicated to celebrating the success of students on A-Level results day is happening in front of Millennium Point.

Major acts such as RAYE, Birmingham duo Lotto Boyzz and DJ Roman Kemp will be headlining BCU Fest on Thursday 16 August – the same day thousands of students across the country gain their places in higher education.

This unique festival, hosted by our tenants Birmingham City University and staged on our doorstep in Birmingham’s Eastside City Park, will offer tickets to all students who have received an offer to study at the Uni for the 2018/19 academic year. Ticket holders will also receive complimentary food, provided by local independent traders, with Birmingham City University Students’ Union operating a licensed bar.

Eastside City Park, in front of Millennium Point, will transform into the stage for students celebrating their A Level results

Extra tickets will be available on the morning of the event for students offered a place through Clearing, with the University’s hotline opening at 6am.

The home-grown duo, Lotto Boyzz commented:

 “There’s nothing quite like a Birmingham crowd and we are hyped to return home for BCU Fest. We love this city and all that its done us, and it will be awesome to share this with so many students who are about to go on their own amazing journey at Birmingham City University."

Lotto Boyzz is a Birmingham based duo who have risen to international fame since their debut in 2016. Shots outside our iconic building were featured in their anthem for the city they have their roots in.

"Celebrate Together"

Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University, said:

“I look forward to welcoming prospective students to BCU Fest on Thursday 16 August. A-Level results day can be extremely stressful but it’s important to recognise that it’s also a time for celebration, as gaining a place at university is no mean feat.

“The festival will provide an opportunity for prospective students who aren’t holding an offer to visit in person and see if a place might be available. Our staff will be on hand to talk students through the wealth of options available to them.

“More and more students are choosing to apply for university through Clearing and, with BCU Fest, this process will be more accessible than ever, while, at the same time, providing a unique opportunity for our new students to celebrate together.”

Thinking outside the box

This isn't the first time our tenants have come up with innovative ways of making life easier for students in Clearing.

As part of this year’s Clearing process, prospective students can apply for courses by taking a photo of their exam results and direct messaging it to the University on social media platforms to start their application – Snap, Snap, Send! It will also be the first time the institution has used Instagram to review Clearing applications.

In 2015, Birmingham City University was the first institution to make Clearing offers via Facebook and Twitter, before innovating with a non-stop, 37-hour service the following year. 

In 2017, Birmingham City University Chancellor Sir Lenny Henry offered university places directly to students on A-Level results day when he joined staff on the Clearing hotline. The Dudley-born actor, writer, comedian and charitable campaigner took calls from 7am at the institution’s City Centre Campus, talking to would-be students looking for degree places.

Sir Lenny Henry assisting with Clearing at BCU in 2017

 Sir Lenny Henry, Chancellor, Birmingham City University, said:

“After my stint on the hotline last year, we decided that we can dispense with my expert advice this time around and instead step things up in a massive way by hosting BCU Fest – the biggest and best party possible! I’m just disappointed that Kajagoogoo were unavailable, as I’m sure they would have got the crowd going.

 “For those unable to come down to BCU Fest, our lines will be open non-stop for the first 44 hours, and we will also be talking to students over social media to make sure we give as many people as possible the opportunity to get the university place they’ve worked so hard to secure.”

 Anyone who has applied or gained a place at Birmingham City University ahead of the 2018/19 academic year is eligible to register for tickets for themselves and their friends, as well as current students and those who gain or wish to apply for a place at the institution through Clearing on Thursday 16 August.

In addition to BCU's Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment being one of our tenants, BCU collaborate with us and our umbrella organisation, the Millennium Point Trust, regularly on projects and events, like the Millennium Point Scholarship, which support Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the West Midlands.