I have been a proud graduate of the University of Central England in Birmingham (UCE), I have enjoyed my alumni status for over 10 years, and have followed the multiple changes (both upgrades and declines) to the institution over that time.

I must admit I was quite shocked to see that UCE had changed it name to Birmingham City University (BCU)! I vaguely remember seeing an email asking me to vote on a variety of potential names (Birmingham City University, Birmingham Chamberlain University and Birmingham Metropolitan University) and thinking to myself, why?

It is what it is! They have traded in a quite verbose name for BCU, which at least mentions the city in which the university is located. I guess I need to get new copies of my certificates. I do wonder, as far as my job goes, how much people care about my qualifications 10 years removed from graduation?

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