Mission statement

The principal aims of Birkbeck are to:

  • Provide flexible and part-time higher education courses which 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.