Birmingham City University is to recognise students who excel on BA Media and Communications (Music Industries) by introducing new awards named after one of the city’s pioneering music stars.
Ozzy Osbourne was approached by the university’s School of Media to have a prize named after him. From 2010, the Ozzy Osbourne Development Award will recognise the student who has made the most progress during the three year degree course.
Staff at the university’s School of Media decided to name the award after Ozzy because they wanted to celebrate Birmingham’s musical heritage. Ozzy was brought up in the Aston area of the city, and went to school in nearby Perry Barr, where the University’s School of Media is based. After hearing the university wanted to name an award after him Ozzy said: “I was honoured to be asked. It’s great to support Birmingham and the future of the music industry.”