EUniWell Mayor’s Placement Scheme

04/14/2022 | by Hannah Stretton | Birmingham Gender Equality Health Participation Students

The EUniWell Mayor’s Placement Scheme provides an exciting opportunity for students to work as part of an international team on an impactful project to explore policy solutions to well-being challenges faced by our cities and regions.

The Birmingham City Council Building.

**Deadline extended to Monday 16 May.**

The first placement in Summer 2022 will be hosted by the Public Health Division at Birmingham City Council. The Public Health team champions the improved health and well-being of Birmingham’s diverse population, especially the most vulnerable.

As part of this virtual placement, an international project team of students from across the EUniWell network will explore approaches to the health and well-being of women and girls in the context of globally diverse cities. The team will consider gender inequalities in the context of a diverse European city, explore the evidence base for interventions that achieve impact on outcomes for women and girls, and recommend opportunities for action in the context of the local municipalities.

Click here for the full role description.

This highly competitive and exciting opportunity will be open to seven students studying across the EUniWell partner institutions (the Universities of Birmingham, Cologne, Florence, Leiden, Linnaeus, Nantes and Semmwelweis).

How to apply

Please download the full role description above.

To apply candidates are required to submit a CV and cover letter in English (which should include your motivations for applying and suitability to the role) to Mr Harjinder Kundra at internships[at] by Monday 16 May 2022

About Birmingham

Birmingham is a major city located in the in the West Midlands, a region in the centre of England. It is the second largest city in the UK and has a population of 1.14 million people in the metropolitan borough. Located approximately 100 miles from London, Birmingham grew significantly during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century which saw advances in science, technology and economic development.

Birmingham is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the UK with one in every 3.1 people from a minority ethnic background compared to one in 6.6 across the rest of England and Wales (ONS 2017). Birmingham is also the youngest city in Europe, with under-25’s accounting for nearly 40% of its population.

Its five universities, including the University of Birmingham, make it the largest centre of higher education in the country outside London. Birmingham's major cultural institutions – the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Library of Birmingham and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts – enjoy international reputations, and the city has vibrant and influential grassroots art, music, literary and culinary scenes. The city will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in July.

About Birmingham City Council

Birmingham City Council aims to be a city of growth where every child, citizen and place matters. Birmingham City Council wants to make a positive difference, every day, to people’s lives. This underpins everything that the Council does, whether that’s setting priorities, making decisions or delivering services.

Birmingham City Council will focus our resources on these key priorities:

  • Birmingham is an entrepreneurial city to learn, work and invest in
  • Birmingham is an aspirational city to grow up in
  • Birmingham is a fulfilling city to age well in
  • Birmingham is a great, clean and green city to live in
  • Birmingham residents gain the maximum benefit from hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games
  • Birmingham is a city that takes a leading role in tackling climate change

The council’s role is to provide strategic leadership – that’s being able to visualise a new future for the city and equipping others to share our vision. We want to ensure the provision of decent services for all, so we can focus on supporting those least able to support themselves. And we will work with partners and put citizens and neighbourhoods at the heart of our decision-making.

Public Health is an integral part of achieving this vision.

Public Health Function: Key Principles

The Public Health Division works across the council plan and is responsible for providing strategic leadership to develop the Council into a local authority that actively promotes population health. This will be achieved by being able to visualise and describe what a healthy Birmingham looks like and then equip others to share our vision and take action. We achieve this by championing the improved health and well-being of all citizens, but especially the most vulnerable.

Our vision is to improve and protect the health and well-being of Birmingham’s population by reducing inequalities in health and enabling people to help themselves.

The work of the public health team is underpinned by three values:

  • Equity
  • Prevention
  • Evidence based practice

The Public Health Division is led by the Director of Public Health, the division has three core sub-divisions each lead by an Assistant Director of Public Health: Populations Division, Environmental Public Health and Health Protection Division and the Wider Determinants Division. There is a matrix intelligence function which is split across the three core divisions. Alongside this core structure there is a temporary Covid Response Division.


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