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History: Has its roots in 1930s correspondence schooling and became West London College in 1977.

Regent's University London

History:  In 1908, Bedford Ladies’ College established a campus in Regent’s Park. The campus went on to house Rockford College Illinois’ study abroad programme, The European Business School London, and the London campus of Webster University, USA. In 2006, a number of different institutions on campus merged to become Regent’s College London. In 2012, Regent’s College London gained its own taught-degree awarded powers, and in 2013, University status was granted, and the institution became Regent’s University London.

The Manchester College

History: The college was formed following the merger of City College Manchester and Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT) in 2008.The predecessor colleges' histories can be traced back as far as the 1920s.

Isle of Man College of Further & Higher Education

History: Began with the Douglas School of Art in 1880, became the School of Technology, Arts and Crafts in 1947 and the College of Further Education in 1960. Current title adopted in 1991. Isle of Man College and the Isle of Man International Business School merged in 2012.

Liverpool Hope University

History: Roots lie in three teacher-training colleges. The Anglican, St. Katharine's College opened in 1844, and the Catholic, Notre Dame College and Christ's College followed in 1856 and 1965 respectively. In 1980, the colleges combined to form Liverpool Institute of Higher Education which then became Liverpool Hope in 1995. Hope won the right to use the university college title in 2003 and became a university in 2005.

Kaplan Holborn College

History: Established in 1969 and has since developed into one of the most successful independent HE colleges in the UK. It specialises in law and business, offering a range of courses in association with leading UK universities. In 2005 the college became part of Kaplan Inc., one of the largest international private education providers. Wholly owned by the Washington Post Company, Kaplan provides education and training to a million students across 30 countries every year.

Peterborough, University Centre

History: In August 2008 a joint venture between Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough Regional College, was formally established by creating a new University facility for Peterborough called ‘UCP’. This project, aimed at delivering high quality university education for Peterborough and its region, represents the single most important development in higher education in Peterborough’s history.

Birmingham Conservatoire

History: Began life in 1859 as a department of the Birmingham and Midland Institute and was formally constituted as the Birmingham School of Music in 1886. The School became a part of the former Birmingham Polytechnic in 1971 whilst retaining conservatoire status, and remains part of Birmingham City University to the present day. 1989 saw the formal inauguration of the School under the name of Birmingham Conservatoire.

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

TCM was founded in 1872 by Henry George Bonavia Hunt, after concern that church music had reached a low. At first, all students were male members of the Church of England. The college was established for practising and testing as well as teaching, so Trinity developed the first exam board. Laban, the centre of contemporary dance founded by influential dance practitioner Rudolf Laban, began life as the Art of Movement Studio in Manchester, before being renamed and moving to South East London in 1975. The two colleges merged in September 2005 to become Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the UK's first HE institution specialising in music and dance. As a joint institution, the conservatoire is just six years old, but Trinity College of Music has been around for 140 years and Laban for 64.

BPP University

History: Part of BPP Professional Education which was founded in 1976 as a premium trainer for accountancy qualifications, and was listed on the UK Stock Exchange. In 1991, BPP opened its first regional study centre – breaking London’s monopoly on top-quality professional training – and founded its own law school. Underscoring its degree-awarding powers, BPP was bestowed University status by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2010.

Warwickshire College (including Pershore College)

History: Warwickshire College’s Leamington Campus dates back to 1950, when it was known as Mid-Warwickshire College. The Moreton Morrell campus, originally called the Warwickshire Institute of Agriculture, opened in 1948. In the early seventies equine provision was introduced and quickly established a strong reputation. In 1996, both establishments merged to become Warwickshire College. In 2003 three further sites were acquired: the newly built £11m Trident Centre in Warwick, the Henley-in-Arden Centre (previously a private school) and the Rugby campus (the result of a merger between Warwickshire College and Rugby College in 2003). In 2007, Warwickshire College merged with Pershore College.

Cranfield School of Management

History: Management has been part of Cranfield University since the Fifties. Founded on an old RAF site as the first postgraduate college of aeronautics, when it decided its students needed management training. It grew out of industrial need, not ivory towers. The school was formally established in 1967, making it one of the three oldest business schools in the UK.

Leeds College of Art

Ranking: Leeds College of Art ranks 8th in the Guardian University League Tables for both specialist institution and art and design categories.

Norwich University of the Arts

History: Origins go back to 1845, when the Norwich School of Design was founded by followers of the Norwich School of Painters. Has had degree provision since 1965. Merged with Great Yarmouth College of Art to form the Norfolk Institute of Art and Design in 1989, and in 1991 it became an associate college of Anglia Polytechnic. In November 2007, it was granted degree-awarding power and was renamed Norwich University College of Arts. Changed to its current name in 2012.

Edinburgh College of Art

History: Although Edinburgh College of Art traces its roots back to 1729, it was founded as the Drawing Academy in 1760. In 1821, it became the Edinburgh School of Arts, changing its name 30 years later to the Watt Institution and School of Arts. Edinburgh College of Art was founded in 1907. It became part of the University of Edinburgh in August 2011 but retains its own identity.

University College Birmingham

Overall ranking: 123rd out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.

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