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Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, part of the University of London, is located in Bloomsbury in the academic heart of this globally important capital city. Birkbeck specialises in flexible evening study. Students use their daytimes to work, volunteer, do internships or pursue their passions and this combination of work and study enables students to progress professionally and gain valuable experience while they are still studying.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Town Centre
Town Centre

In or close to the centre of a town

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: B24

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Birkbeck's library supports students throughout their studies, with a fully-staffed service available late evenings and weekends, dedicated subject help, and disability and dyslexia support.
  • Students can access a wealth of online resources on and off campus, including subject guides and digitised key readings.
  • The library offers study spaces for different study needs, with computers and a wireless network.

Student jobs

  • Birkbeck's teaching takes place from 6–9pm, giving students the opportunity to work during the day.
  • Birkbeck Talent is the college's in-house professional recruitment service, aimed exclusively at helping Birkbeck students find work while studying and after graduation.

Careers advice

  • Comprehensive careers, recruitment and employability advice, events and information services are offered online and face-to-face through Birkbeck's Careers and Employability Service.
  • Services include workshops and events on finding work; an online careers portal providing notices of vacancies; opportunities to speak to careers advisers; panel discussions with employers, industry professionals, Birkbeck alumni and careers consultants; CV and application writing support; and preparation for interviews.
  • Enterprise Pathways is for students who are starting a business, or have an idea they'd like to get off the ground. It provides a range of events and activities for all students at all levels of study and helps them to develop entrepreneurial skills, enhance their employability and advance their careers.
  • The Alumni Careers Clinic is a fun and engaging monthly careers event for current students. Students partner up with a member of Birkbeck's alumni community for help with preparing for job applications or interviews, through exclusive one-on-one support.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Birkbeck offers a free, non-judgmental and confidential counselling service, supporting students with emotional and psychological difficulties that affect their experience and engagement with their studies at university.

Disability support

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service provides support for students with disabilities and dyslexia to enable students to participate fully in Birkbeck's courses.
  • The service can offer screenings for students who think they might have dyslexia.
  • Students at the Bloomsbury campus can access a wide range of assistive technologies and library support.

Other services and facilities

Course-specific facilities include:

  • A 67-station petrology laboratory for geology students, which features a microscope and touchscreen computer at each station to complement the main teaching equipment, which includes an electron microscope.
  • The Birkbeck Cinema at 43 Gordon Square hosts regular free film screenings; the cinema is an important resource for the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image, which is also housed in the School of Arts.

Students' Union

  • Student support includes student representation and advocacy, plus an advice centre with evening drop-in service.
  • A range of clubs and societies, from archaeology to football.
  • Student Central is located next door to Birkbeck's main campus, offering excellent music venues, societies, bars and cafés.

History

  • Birkbeck was founded in 1823 as the Mechanics Institution by George Birkbeck. His radical view that high-quality university education should be available in the evening for working Londoners and those who would otherwise not be able to study still drives the college today.
  • Birkbeck became part of the University of London 100 years ago, in 1920, on condition that it continued to provide flexible, evening teaching. In 2010, Birkbeck introduced three-year undergraduate courses, all taught on weekday evenings, to complement its traditional part-time, four-year evening-taught courses.
  • In 2013, Birkbeck opened University Square Stratford, a new campus where those living or working in east London and surrounding areas can access Birkbeck's high quality evening teaching on their doorstep.

Fascinating Fact

  • Birkbeck, University of London, is unusual in that it's an evening university – its logo even features an owl and lamp to symbolise their motto, 'study by night'.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Helen Sharman – the first British person to go into space.
  • Edward 'Bear' Grylls – adventurer and TV presenter.
  • Simon Bird – comedy writer and actor, best known for The Inbetweeners.
  • Alan Davey – controller at BBC Radio 3.
  • John McDonnell MP – shadow chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • Jenny Rowe – former chief executive of the UK Supreme Court.
  • Tracey Thorn – singer, songwriter and writer.
  • Romesh Ranganathan – comedian and actor.

Address

Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HX