University College Birmingham
With more than 7,500 students, University College Birmingham today is unrecognizable from the small Victorian classes where it all started.
Today, hospitality managers, aviation executives, dazzling hairdressers and makeup artists, educators, chefs, bakers, tourism industry experts, business leaders, and creative entrepreneurs learn skills for life at a university hailed for its vocational training, academic achievements, and cultural diversity.
We have invested £130 million in our campuses and facilities, including building McIntyre House and Moss House, since 2014. These ambitious projects represent a bold statement of intent beyond the dreams of Birmingham’s early educational pioneers.
The university was founded as part of Birmingham's Municipal Technical School (predecessor of Aston University) in the 19th century but became a separate College of Bakery, Catering, Domestic Science and Associated Studies (later Birmingham College of Food and Domestic Arts) under the control of Birmingham City Council in 1957. It moved to its present site in Summer Row from Brasshouse Passage in 1967, with the official opening in 1968. It was renamed Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies (BCFTCS) in the 1980s to reflect the breadth of courses it by then offered. Its name was changed again, to University College Birmingham (UCB), in 2007. It is often colloquially known as the College of Cakes or sometimes simply “cakes and pies”.
As part of a general re-organization of further education in the United Kingdom, the college became independent of council control on 1 April 1993. Continued expansion led to the college being re-classified as part of the higher education sector from 1 August 2002, although it continues to offer further education courses as well.
The college was granted the right to award its own degrees by the Privy Council in November 2007, giving it the status of a university college. In January 2008 this was reflected when it was renamed University College Birmingham.
Supported by a £130 million investment in new campuses, equipment, and resources, University College Birmingham's facilities are nothing short of world-class.
From our training restaurants and aesthetics clinic to our state-of-the-art mock plane cabin, our cutting-edge sports facilities and our financial trading suite – University College Birmingham provides real-life, industry gold standard working environments, giving you a significant advantage for when you finish your studies
Our library facilities offer thousands of print and digital resources, while our qualified library professionals and research specialists can help you find what you need.
Our campuses offer ideal environments to build your knowledge, with quiet areas for individual work, break-out spaces for meet-ups, and glazed pods for group discussion.
All students have access to computers throughout our campuses, with new high-spec PCs and additional quiet study and self-study laptop areas across the University.
Centre for Academic Skills and English
Our Centre for Academic Skills and English (CASE) offers a range of support and study-based help for all students at University College Birmingham
Ranking / Awards
University College Birmingham is located in Central England, West Midlands. The reputation for teaching has been recognized with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 4,905 students are enrolled at University College Birmingham.
- Type of Accommodation: On Campus
- Summer Row, Birmingham B3 1JB, United Kingdom
Our main site on Summer Row is the hub of University life and the majority of undergraduate degree courses are taught here and at the newly-opened McIntyre House. Summer Row is conveniently located by the bustling Colmore business district, which is abuzz with top restaurants, trendy bars and cool cafés. Cambrian Hall, one of the University’s two main accommodation sites, is just 150 yards away and you can see the spectacular Library of Birmingham from the front of Summer Row. The building, opened in 1968, is home to a specialist library (there is a second library at Richmond House) as well as facilities such as the Resource Centre, the Modern Language Centre, the Academic Skills Centre, the Knowledge Transfer and Research Centre and the Guild of Students.
Excellent teaching goes hand-in-hand with excellent facilities that reflect demand from industry and are complete with the very latest equipment and resources. Our new £44 million Moss House campus encompasses exactly this. Moss House is the latest phase of a £130 million investment into the University since 2014 and features a host of cutting-edge facilities for everything from nursing and social work to physiotherapy and sport and fitness.
McIntyre House is the University’s new purpose-built centre for undergraduate and postgraduate study. Opened in September 2014, the building’s stunning design is underpinned by the latest technology, a high-specification fit out, impressive functionality and cutting-edge environmental features. McIntyre House, on Holland Street, has two 126-seat lecture theatres and a 250-seat flagship lecture theatre in addition to smaller seminar rooms, tutorial studies and private meeting rooms.
Situated between Summer Row and McIntyre House, The Link is the new home for many of the University's support services and staff departments. Located at the end of Charlotte Street nearest to Summer Row, The Link is just a few minutes’ walk from all our city centre campuses, providing a brand new base for students and staff at the heart of the University. The building features a bright modern design with services spread across eight floors. Each department's floor includes a welcome area with a reception desk and seating, as well as open plan offices and meeting rooms.
Camden House is also the new home of University College Birmingham's dedicated Technology Hub, which has seen our IT Support Unit, DICE, web developers and AV teams all join forces to provide a more improved and integrated service all in one central location. The Hub can be found on the ground floor, and students are welcome to drop in or call at any time without an appointment to receive support, advice or feedback.
Richmond House is the University’s main site for further education courses including Youth and Community, Health and Social Care, Sport, Specialist Make-up and Spa, and Hair and Beauty. There is a gym with a wide range of cardiovascular equipment, resistance machines and free weights. Qualified instructors can advise on training programmes. The Spa also has hairdressing studios and beauty therapy salons offering a range of treatments and services at reduced prices. Additionally, there are specialist hair and media Make-up studios at Richmond House.