The vibrant heart of the West Midlands is brimming with culture, nightlife, shopping and great food for every budget.

Numerous conference and exhibitions are hosted in the city every year, unleashing the massive possibilities created by bringing great minds together. Birmingham is the definition of a modern and connected international city, and Birmingham Airport is one of the most accessible airports in Europe. The city also lies at the centre of the UK’s motorway network, enabling easy access to the rest of the UK.

Birmingham is a strong academic city with four major universities. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, associated with University of Birmingham, is one of the largest in the UK. As such, the city provides an excellent environment for academic research, allowing for interdisciplinary collaborations between research groups in the many institutions. The entrepreneurial and fast-growing business community paves the way for the translation and application of academic research.

For a cultural hit, pop over to Birmingham city centre to see the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, or step back into the past at the National Trust’s Back to Backs. For something a little different, head over to the National Sea Life Centre to encounter some amazing sea creatures.

For foodies, there’s the Balti triangle, home to fantastic Indian restaurants and South Asian shopping outlets. The more adventurous should try the Digbeth Dining Club, where you can find a selection of street food stalls. Cadbury World will get you the best chocolate fix, only a 5-minute train ride away from University station.

With more miles of canal than Venice, there are also plenty of beautiful views, stunning modern developments like the Cube, and restored industrial-era buildings to enjoy during a peaceful boat journey through the city.