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University College Birmingham is a public university college located in central Birmingham. It is an affiliated university college of the University of Birmingham. It specializes in the areas of hospitality, and the culinary arts, hairdressing and beauty, tourism, sports management, sports therapy, food and beverages test laboratories, a video production suite, demonstration theatres and computer suites. The college offers vocational as well as academic education for both graduate and undergraduate students. There is the main building – Summer Row in the picture.

The history of the University College Birmingham dates back to 1916 when it opened with the establishment of a cookery room, as part of Birmingham's Municipal Technical School. In 1957 it became College of Bakery, Catering, Domestic Science and Associated Studies (later Birmingham College of Food and Domestic Arts) and it was controlled by Birmingham City Council. In 1968 it moved to present location and in 1980s was renamed to Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies. In 2007 its name changed to University College Birmingham.

The college opened a second teaching building in 2001 at Richmond House and in 2008 a new multi-million pound Postgraduate Centre at George Street. Currently it has nearly 14,000 students, around 10% of them are from outside the United Kingdom.

The college has many facilities including training restaurants, opened to the public with students as cooks and waiters (The Cap & Gown, The Brasserie and The Atrium), a fully equipped health and leisure club, libraries, hairdressing and beauty therapy salons. There are also food and beverage test laboratories, a video production suite, demonstration theatres and computer suites.
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