Founded in 1900, the University of Birmingham (UoB) is a well-established institution, both nationally and internationally, that offers high-standard teaching and research in most major disciplines. The Times & The Sunday Times awarded the UoB the University of the Year status for 2013/14. UoB has academic staff of distinction (many recognised as international leaders in their fields) and attracts students of high ability. UoB is also one of the leading research-based universities in the UK; the breadth of research expertise is a distinctive characteristic of the University. To facilitate research, researchers have access to top-class infrastructure and benefit from the support and expertise of the Finance Office and Research and Commercial Services, when involved in research projects.