Birmingham City University’s new multi-million pound Parkside Building will be officially opened by Michael Heseltine today.
Lord Heseltine, the former deputy prime minister who has been a major factor in a push for decentralisation in Birmingham, will open the new building, which is key to the regeneration of Eastside.
The Parkside Building provides a home for Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), and the University’s School of Media.
Lord Heseltine’s visit will also see him receive an Honorary Doctorate at the University’s graduation ceremony.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Cliff Allan said: “We are delighted to welcome such a prominent business and political figurehead to open The Parkside Building.
“This is an exciting time for Birmingham City University and by further developing our presence in the heart of the City we will be able to capitalise on connections and better engage with local and national business.
"This increased engagement will enable us to continue our focus on professional and practice-based courses and development to attract students to the City and retain highly-skilled graduates in the region.”
“We look forward to welcoming Lord Heseltine to our campus and to awarding him an honorary doctorate.”