By becoming a donor to the College, you will join a group of alumni, individuals, companies, trusts and foundations who hold Birkbeck’s aims in high regard.
Currently, we have four broad fundraising priorities.
Student financial support
- Philanthropic support for scholarships will help many more Birkbeck students fulfil their potential.
- At Birkbeck we believe that higher education should be readily available to everyone. However, for nearly a third of our students, lack of finance remains a major barrier to attending university. They would not be able to study with us without help in the form of bursaries or scholarships funded by the generous contributions of alumni and friends. Last year over 500 eligible students applied for financial assistance, however there was only enough funding to support just over half of these.
- Postgraduate students: Employers are increasingly looking for applicants with postgraduate qualifications when recruiting. Many graduates now look to add to their first degree. As there is little government funding available to postgraduate students, it can be extremely difficult to take on the costs of postgraduate study.
- Undergraduate students: Students can be caught in an ‘education poverty trap’, as their household income often bars them from accessing government funding. These students are committed to improving their lives and want to engage in education to achieve this. But they find that their income doesn't stretch to covering the costs of study alongside living costs such as housing and children.
- Birkbeck needs your help to increase its capacity to offer financial support.
Stratford: Building a campus in east London
- Birkbeck is establishing a permanent presence in east London and is working in partnership with UEL to build a dedicated campus in Stratford.
- Located in the centre of Stratford (next to the Theatre Royal and the Picturehouse), University Square Stratford is due to open in autumn 2013. The building will provide a variety of cutting edge facilities and will become home to the growing number of students choosing to take Birkbeck courses in east London.
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- Since 1823 Birkbeck has experienced many changes to its physical estate in the pursuit of delivering an improved student experience.
- Our main campus in central London has seen many developments over the last 25 years, including investment in teaching and research facilities of international importance:
- The is internationally recognised as one of the leading research centres in the study of brain and cognitive development in infants. In 2007 the Babylab moved into a purpose-built facility in Torrington Square.
- The latest addition to Birkbeck’s centres of research excellence, The Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism, located in newly acquired premises overlooking Russell Square. The Institute incorporates the , one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era.
- The Centre for Film and Visual Media provides students with a range of facilities including a state-of-the-art cinema. The Centre also hosts the London Screen Study Collection, an archive of London’s moving image heritage.
- The college is continually aware of potential opportunities to expand the Bloomsbury campus through the acquisition of new buildings in and around Russell Square and the re-development of the current Malet street site.
- As and when land or real estate become available the College seeks to evaluate the impact further classroom and teaching space will have on the ability to expand student numbers.