Mission statement

The principal aims of Birkbeck are to:

  • Provide flexible and part-time higher education courses that meet the changing educational, cultural, personal and career needs of students of all ages; in particular, those who live or work in the London region. 
  • Enable adult students from diverse social and educational backgrounds to participate in our courses. 
  • Make available the results of research, and the expertise acquired, through teaching, publication, partnerships with other organisations and the promotion of civic and public debate. 
  • Maintain and develop excellence in research and provide the highest quality research training in all our subject areas. 

The key supporting objectives are to: 

  • Offer our students an integrated range of flexible, research-led courses across all levels of provision. 
  • Achieve and maintain strong research cultures, in support of interdisciplinary work, in each school and faculty. 
  • Ensure the College provides an inclusive working and learning environment for its students and staff, so that all may develop to their full potential. 
  • Develop the College’s capacity to respond rapidly to new and changing opportunities in higher and further education. 
  • Develop sustainable partnerships within the London region and beyond.