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About Birkbeck

Birkbeck is a world-class research institution and a vibrant centre of academic excellence.

A unique place to work and study

We believe that Birkbeck is unique, both in terms of working and studying. Some of the factors that make Birkbeck special are:

  • a strong sense of shared vision of providing high-quality higher education through a variety of modes of study for both full-time and part-time students whenever in their lives they want to study
  • a well-developed sense of collegiality, which ensures that all staff can be involved through formal and informal channels in decisions affecting the life of the College
  • intelligent, mature and motivated students, who are keen, enthusiastic and genuinely  interested in their subject matter
  • an international reputation for research excellence and academics who are world leaders in their field
  • an award-winning main library, and research facilities both at Birkbeck and across the University of London.

World-class research environment

Over 90 per cent of Birkbeck academics are research-active – the highest rate for any multi-faculty institution in London and the fifth highest in the UK.

  • In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, more than 80 per cent of the research was rated as being of international importance. Twelve of our Schools received the maximum ‘best 5*’ or 5 ranking.
  • In 2006, Birkbeck was awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in higher education research.
  • In addition, we beat such prestigious universities as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and University College London to become the top higher education institution in a league table of research funding success.

Find out more about our research here.

London’s top university

Birkbeck is recognised for providing the highest quality teaching that is informed by our outstanding research excellence. This is proven by our number one position in the UK’s National Student Surveys. In 2007, Birkbeck beat every higher education institution in London for overall student satisfaction - find out more about the National Student Survey results here.

Tradition of equality and diversity

The University of London was established to provide education on the basis of merit alone and without regard to race, creed or political belief, and was the first University in the United Kingdom to admit women to its degrees. This tradition continues into the field of employment and the University will not tolerate unfair discrimination. Birkbeck is an equal opportunities employer.

Find out more about equal opportunities in recruitment at Birkbeck.

A world-class research and teaching institution

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Last modified: 18 February 2008