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About 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 specializes 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.
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.
In what was considered radical at the time, the Institute allowed artisans and craftsmen to learn about science, art and economics. Seven years after it first opened its doors, the Institute began to admit women – one of the first institutions in the country to do so.
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.
Today it is London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education, offering flexible learning to 18,000 students who predominantly study for their courses on a part-time basis and fit them around employment and family life.
Birkbeck is also a renowned research institution: 73% of its research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. The university also holds a “TEF Silver” certificate which testifies to the quality of the teachings offered
The university consists of five schools in total, comprising 19 different academic departments.
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.
The university also has links with a number of higher education institutions worldwide – including Hong Kong Shue Yan University, the University of Sao Paolo and Columbia University in New York – which allow for research collaborations among faculty and the opportunity for overseas students to combine their studies with a degree at Birkbeck.
Birkbeck University-Student services and facilities
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 digitized key readings. The library also offers study spaces for different study needs, with computers and a wireless network.
Birkbeck University-Student Jobs
Birkbeck’s teaching takes place from 6–9 pm, giving students the opportunity to work during the day.
The university also has its own professional in-house recruitment agency called “Birkbeck Talent”, which helps connect students with London’s top employers for internships and jobs on graduation.
Comprehensive career, 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.
The 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.
Birckbeck university-Health Services
- 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.
Birkbeck 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 also offers screenings for students who think they might have dyslexia.In addition, students at the Bloomsbury campus can access a wide range of assistive technologies and library support.
Birkbeck-Other Services and Facilities
- 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.
Student support includes student representation and advocacy, plus an advice center with evening drop-in service and 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.
Birkbeck-Notable Alumni & Famous Faces
- Helen Sharman – the first British person to go into space.
- Edward ‘Bear’ Grylls – National Geography’s 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.
Birkbeck organizes an orientation program at the start of the academic year, which includes sessions specific to international students.
The International Alumni Friendship Scheme partners new students with alumni for ongoing personal support. Additionally, Bloomsbury orientation tours are provided for Birkbeck students living in the halls.
Birkbeck-English Language Requirements
Birkbeck accepts several English language qualifications such as the IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge C1 Advanced Tests.
- The Standard English language entry criteria is IELTS 6.5 or IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent) depending on the course.
- Exemptions to language tests may be given to international students from countries specifically designated by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
Please refer to educational advisers for further details.
Birkbeck University- Accommodation
Applications for accommodation in partner halls open at the end of April and remain open until late August.
International students who apply by the specified date are guaranteed an offer of accommodation. Most halls are located within minutes’ walking distance of Birkbeck.
There is a variety of private halls of residence available to suit a range of budgets depending on individual students’ preferences regarding the distance from the college, facilities and catering options. Couples and family accommodation is available.
In addition, free professional advice is also available from the University of London housing services for students opting for private rented accommodation, including housing board, contract checking services and legal housing advice.
Note: Please refer to your advisers for any additional details regarding the student accommodation options available.
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