by Emma Love, Lecturer in Building Surveying.
In March I organised a special event for the final year students from the School of the Built Environment to celebrate their time with us, and what for many would be the last few weeks at Birmingham City University.
I wanted the event to give the students a really good send-off and bring together students and staff to celebrate their achievements over the last three years. As a proud Brummie, I knew what the theme had to be, so the attendees enjoyed an evening inspired by the TV series Peaky Blinders. Peaky Blinders is an epic drama set in the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham.
It was great to see everybody getting into a Brummie spirit wearing 1920s inspired flat caps, cocktail dresses and feather boas.
Students and staff attended from across the School, including: Building Surveying, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Architectural Technology, Real Estate and Planning.
The Custard Factory gave the evening the perfect Brummie setting and they also provided a delicious three-course meal.
The staff speeches made sure the students knew how proud we all are of their time with us and that they will always be part of the University family. These were exceptionally well received by the students, with both a raucous applause and possibly not a dry eye in the house!!
The relationship between students and staff is a key part of the BCU experience for students. It’s always sad to see the students move on, although we love to hear about how they get on in the world after Birmingham City University. Although it required a lot of work, the Peaky Blinders Ball was a fun way to wish the students well, and send them on their way with happy memories.