Birkbeck shortlisted for University of the Year
Birkbeck has been shortlisted for the 2010 Times Higher Education magazine University of the Year award. The nomination comes a week after Birkbeck was recognised as a member of the 'global elite' universities by appearing in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.
In its award's submission Birkbeck highlighted key strategic achievements over the last year:
- Implementation of a major strategic review in response to the previous government's 2007 policy on the funding of equivalent or lower qualifications (ELQ), which cut nearly 40% of Birkbeck's teaching funds and student numbers without sector consultation.
- This review saw the re-organisation of the College into five Schools and the mainstreaming of the Faculty of Lifelong Learning, to create a streamlined structure. This included a portfolio review of courses, a re-organisation of the administration within each school, and the introduction of new financial and planning models, all of which mirrored best practice.
- A 38% increase in student recruitment, to replace the student numbers lost to ELQ, and a 74% increase in international students.
- The opening of the My Birkbeck Student Services, which incorporates a front of house student helpdesk with a 600 page student support website, and a range of summer school, orientation and induction activities.
- Sustained lobbying activities calling for financial equity in the treatment of part-time students which have put the part-time issue firmly on the political agenda.
Speaking about the award, Professor David Latchman said: "This nomination recognises what has been a year of unprecedented challenge and change at Birkbeck, and once again demonstrates the hard work and dedication of colleagues right across the College. Birkbeck's commitment to research intensity and teaching non-traditional students defines our 'traditional mission' that was first established by George Birkbeck in 1823. In today's Higher Education landscape that mission looks more relevant than ever."
The winner will be announced on Thursday 25 November. Click here for more information and details of all the nominees.