If you go down to the campus next month, you’re sure of a big surprise… in the shape of three Big Sleuth bears.

You don’t have to be Goldilocks to spend time with our giant teddies, but you will have to track them down using our special trail map. Use your bear-y good detective skills and join us at the University of Birmingham to support Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity this summer.

Professor David Adams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Dean of Medicine and Head of the College of Medical and Dental Sciences said: “We’re really thrilled to have three of The Big Sleuth bears on campus given our close working relationship with Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and our commitment to medical research and discovery. There is always plenty for the community to do on campus, so it’s fitting that we take part in such a major city-wide family-focused event.”

Our three bears will be on campus from Monday 10th July until Sunday 17th September and will include:

  • Professor Bee Kind – Academics like Professor Bee Kind are making breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare through research and discovery in our College of Medical and Dental Sciences.
  • Rosie – Rosie loves music, singing and dancing so she has decided to stay at the Bramall this summer as there are always loads of exciting concerts, shows and events going on.
  • Buzz – Our watchful bear Buzz will be overseeing the Green Heart development this summer, which will transform campus and provide beautiful new outdoor spaces.

Alongside the bears will be a series of free events you can join in with, including:

  • Rosie’s story time – an outdoor teddy bear’s picnic in Chancellor’s Court outside the Bramall from 12pm to 12.45pm on Wednesday 2nd August, followed by a story and a bear hunt on campus until 2pm. You can book a free place at www.thebramall.co.uk
  • Winnie the Pooh – a relaxed film screening of the Winnie the Pooh film from 12.30pm to 1.45pm on Wednesday 9th August in the Elgar Concert Hall in the Bramall. You can book a free place at www.thebramall.co.uk
  • Teddy bear’s hospital at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences – bring your bear for a check-up on  Friday 28th July or Friday 18th August.

You will be able to follow the trail on Twitter at @TheBigSleuth and our bears also have their own Twitter accounts, so you can see what they get up to! Follow them at @rosie_the_bear, @buzz_thebear and @beekind_thebear. Don’t forget the hashtags #uobbigsleuth and #thebigsleuth when Tweeting and look out for some competitions online for little cubs.

The bears will even have their own website at www.birmingham.ac.uk/uobbigsleuth [live from 9th June] where you can download one of our trail maps.

The University is easily accessible by public transport, and parking at the weekend is free. You can get plenty of food and drink on campus, and there are lots of other attractions:

  • The Lapworth Museum of Geology, which is a finalist in the 2017 Art Fund Museum of the Year.  It’s free to enter and you can meet Roary the dinosaur there and discover our geological heritage.
  • The Barber Institute of Fine Arts where you can see a beautiful and diverse collection of art for free.
  • Winterbourne House and Gardens, on the edge of campus, provides a wide range of activities for all ages, including workshops, tours and craft sessions.


Recent Big Sleuth articles:

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