These classes were the first ever held outside London or south of the Scottish border in the winter of 1767–68.
The first clinical teaching was undertaken by medical and surgical apprentices at the General Hospital, opened in 1779.
In 1963, the university helped in the establishment of the faculty of medicine at the University of Rhodesia, now the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).
UZ is now independent but both institutions maintain relations through student exchange programmes.
The Calthorpe family offered twenty-five acres (10 hectares) of land on the Bournbrook side of their estate in July.
The Court of Governors received the Birmingham University Act 1900, which put the royal charter into effect on 31 May.
From 1925 until 1948, Sir Norman Haworth was Professor and Director of the Department of Chemistry.
He was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science and acted as Vice-Principal from 1947 until 1948.
It is a founding member of both the Russell Group of British research universities and the international network of research universities, Universitas 21.
The university was ranked 15th in the UK and 82nd in the world in the QS World University Rankings for 2016-17.
All that remained of Josiah Mason's legacy was his Mermaid in the sinister chief of the university shield and of his college, the double-headed lion in the dexter.