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Fundraising priorities

Every year donations to Birkbeck make a real difference in enabling talented students to benefit from exceptional teaching and world class facilities. They also help Birkbeck retain its reputation for the highest quality academic research.

If you wish to make a donation online, please click here. For any further information on how you can support Birkbeck, please contact your Development and Alumni Team.

Transforming lives through education

  • 40% of Birkbeck students require some form of financial assistance. Birkbeck is committed to giving lower-income and non-traditional students the opportunity to study. Donations to undergraduate student support fund non-repayable cash bursaries of £1,000 for students with a household income of less than £25,000. Our bursary recipients tell us that this support - often used for books, travel or child-care - is usually the difference between being able to study and not.
  • We know that Birkbeck – ranked in the top 200 universities in the world – offers a great learning experience. However on a more personal level various programmes exist to support students through the challenges of balancing work, domestic life and study. Generous donations help make such work possible and enable students to continue their studies.
  • Birkbeck has a higher than average percentage of students with disabilities (7.2% of our student body have declared a disability, compared with a 5.1% average in the sector). We are fully committed to making learning accessible to all and our Disability Office helps ensure that disabled students are involved in every aspect of student life.

World class research

  • Our academics conduct the highest quality research which is pushing the boundaries of the world's knowledge. Birkbeck is ranked in the top 1% of universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and over 90% of our academics are research-active.
  • Funding of merit-based Scholarships has enabled the College to consolidate its impressive position as one of the five biggest providers of Masters programmes for home/EU students in the UK.
  • The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism is the only centre in the UK dedicated to promoting the understanding of antisemitism and its relationship to racism, religious intolerance and xenophobia. Last year the Institute launched the International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism and it also runs a series of its own national and international events every term.

State-of-the-art facilities

  • From cutting-edge microscopes to our IT suites, it takes significant investment to maintain the highest quality facilities and environment for students. Contributions towards everything from keeping the lights on to naming our art galleries are greatly appreciated and help explain why Birkbeck has consistently ranked number 1 in the UK’s National Student Surveys.
  • The Birkbeck BabyLab seeks to understand how babies learn and develop during the first two years of their lives. Ground-breaking research by our scientists led to them being recognised as making the ‘top autism discovery of 2012’. The next ambitious phase is a study of toddlers - currently a black hole in developmental terms - which will explore autism and other developmental conditions in a new state-of-the-art ToddlerLab building.
  • In October 2013 we opened a new campus in the heart of Stratford, East London, where higher education participation rates per capita are the lowest in the UK. The £33 million building and Birkbeck’s unique teaching model will encourage access and progression to higher education for people in east London. The new campus features a 300-seat lecture theatre, a specialist education advice and guidance hub, a multi-functional learning centre and dance and performance arts spaces. Generous contributions have helped make this possible.

Alumni Fund

  • The aim of the Alumni Fund is to encourage Birkbeck alumni and friends to make an immediate impact on the life of the College, by funding areas that will benefit current and future generations of students and make Birkbeck an even better place to study. To find out more about the Alumni Fund click here.

If you would like to find out the ways that you can donate to Birkbeck, please click here.

'Collaborating with the University of East London has provided me with a great opportunity to forge stronger networks with fellow researchers.' Dr Przemek Tomalski, Brain development of babies born in East London