January 2015

Sweet success for UCB's bakery department

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University College Birmingham has been given a grant of £2,000 by the British Society of Baking.

The money has been given to the bakery department to go towards equipment for UCB’s confectionery chocolate training bakeries and a new food science innovation suite.

We are thrilled to have a grant from the British Society of Baking. We will be incorporating the use of this equipment into practical assessments using industry sponsored and specified cases to ensure real-world experience and skills development that are aligned with industry needs.

Dawn Gemmell, Assistant Dean of Bakery

The ultimate goals are to enhance student employability through industry-level facilities, creativity and innovation. This is reinforced by UCB’s industry specialist network that includes Fermex, Callebaut, Rank Hovis, Campden BRI, Heygates and Mondelez.

UCB’s baking section works with the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) and bakery colleges throughout the country, in additional to the Worshipful Company of Bakers and the Craft Bakers Association. The development of chocolate kitchens means that the University is closer it its goal of becoming a National Training Centre for Baking and continue to share its insights, solutions and new practice with partners, counterparts and companies within Birmingham and beyond.

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