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Activities and workshops

Birkbeck is committed to raising the aspirations of, and delivering workshops and activities to, individuals who are typically under-represented at university. We are particularly passionate about raising the awareness of lifelong learning and part-time study for working Londoners.  

Our core activities

The Access and Engagement team has an extensive programme of targeted activities and initiatives. These have been developed over time and reflect the needs and demands of our partners and prospective students. Our core activities involve:

  • raising aspirations
  • preparing students for studying 
  • careers and work progression support
  • making a university application
  • preparing for student life
  • study skills
  • student fees and finance advice.

Find out about our upcoming programme of Get Ready to Study events.

Further Education college workshops

We welcome applications from Further Education college students. In line with our Institutional progression agreements, we work closely with partners and colleges in London to support the transition to Higher Education.

Our activities are designed to support, motivate and provide transferable skills for study at university and/or in employment. 

We offer the following programmes in colleges: 

  • Academic study skills 
  • BBK Maths
  • Personal statement workshops and surgeries.  

Please if you would like us to deliver a workshop at your college. 

Academic Skills

  • Students are introduced to a number of study skills that can support them in their academic journeys, with sessions including:
    • How to focus your learning
    • Becoming an academic reader
    • How to take notes effectively
    • Essay planning
    • Becoming a critical reader. 

BBK Maths

  • These workshops are designed to support college and mature learners undertaking GCSE Mathematics. The classes cover the core areas of the curriculum, with an emphasis on exam practice. Please note that these workshops take place on location, at a further education college. They are therefore only available to the students who are resitting their GCSE Mathematics qualification at a host institution.

Trade Union outreach

To complement the 10% tuition fee discount offered to trade union members, Birkbeck’s Access and Engagement Team works with trade unions to provide pre-entry information and support for union members who are looking to take the next step into undergraduate study. If you work for or are a member of a trade union and would like us to deliver a workshop or learning activity at your branch, or to discuss other collaboration opportunities, please .

Collaborative programmes

We work with different partners to support access to higher education and students starting their studies at Birkbeck.

Birkbeck’s Big Ideas 

  • Birkbeck’s Big Ideas is a free lecture series designed to engage and inspire learners. We collaborate with community partners and Birkbeck academics to host this lecture series.
  • Speakers aim to unpack their big ideas, questions and research, and to showcase how academia is fit for purpose and accessible to all. With a current series that includes academics from the Arts, Psychology, Biological and Social Sciences, there is something to inspire and excite everyone.
  • If you are interested in hosting this lecture series in the future, please

Get Talking

  • Get Talking is a mentoring programme and collaborative project between Birkbeck’s Development and Alumni and Access and Engagement teams. It provides prospective students with a conditional offer at Birkbeck the chance to meet a former student, find out more about studying here, and ask questions or address any concerns. 
  • To apply, students must complete a registration form. All successful applicants offered a place will be invited via email to participate. They will be matched with an alumnus for a meeting at a café near our central London campus in June or July.
  • If you are interested in applying, please for more information.

BBK Chat

  • The first year of an undergraduate degree - in particular, the first term - is exciting, but can at times feel overwhelming. BBK Chat is a mentoring programme designed to support students during this period.
  • First year students are paired with second or third year undergraduates, who are able to empathise and offer advice to ease any concerns or worries. In addition, students are signposted to relevant Birkbeck student support services.
  • Priority will be given to first year undergraduate students, who meet the Birkbeck's Widening Participation criteria.