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Transparency information

INTRODUCTION

Birkbeck is publishing this ‘Transparency information’ under guidance from the Office for Students. This is:

  • information on the students we admit to study at Birkbeck, broken down by ethnicity, gender and socio-economic background
  • degree attainment (ie the classification of degree achieved) by students studying at Birkbeck.

This information appears in the tables below.  There is also a link to a spreadsheet containing more detailed information. 

THE BIRKBECK CONTEXT

  • Birkbeck, University of London is an evening university, predominantly delivering teaching from 6pm to 9pm, retaining our historic mission to educate working Londoners. We are proud to be a university that opens its doors to people who may otherwise not be able to study.
  • We have maintained our commitment to enabling access for mature students, while also diversifying and increasing the number of younger students, through our full-time undergraduate evening degrees. We continue to be a widening access institution and a significant voice for the high proportion of our students coming from underrepresented groups. We remain committed to driving this agenda in the higher education sector.
  • The transparency information on attainment shows that, in common with the university sector as a whole, there are significant gaps in attainment between students from different backgrounds. At Birkbeck, these gaps in attainment have narrowed in recent years. Nonetheless, closing these gaps is a strategic priority for Birkbeck. Our plans to address this are outlined in our Access and Participation Plan. We will make this available once it has been agreed by the Office for Students.
  • The transparency information on admissions shows that Birkbeck students reflect London itself, with around half our undergraduate students coming from BAME backgrounds, and more than half coming from relatively socially-deprived backgrounds.

ADVICE FROM THE OFFICE FOR STUDENTS

  • The information published on these pages shows:
    • the number of applications for admission on to higher education courses that we have received
    • the number of offers we have made in relation to those applications
    • the number of those offers accepted and the number of those who have registered with us
    • the number of students who registered and went on to complete their course with us
    • the number of students who attained a particular degree or other academic award, or a particular level of such an award, on completion of their course with us.
  • It also shows these numbers by reference to:
    • the gender of the individuals to which they relate
    • their ethnicity
    • their socioeconomic background.
  • It is important to note that the data presented has not been contextualised. This means, for example, that you will not be able to see from this data how many of those applying to courses met the entry criteria. It is also the case that universities and colleges will often receive many more applications than they have spaces on courses, and so offer rates will necessarily be lower than application rates in those circumstances.


TRANSPARENCY RETURN 2019

APPLICATIONS, OFFERS, ACCEPTANCES AND REGISTRATIONS: 2018-19 ENTRANTS

Provider: Birkbeck College

UKPRN: 10007760

Table 1a: Summary of applications, offers, acceptances and registrations for 2018-19 entrants

Number of applicationsPercentage of applications that received an offerPercentage of applications that accepted an offerPercentage of applications that led to a registration
Full timeEthnicityWhite176084.5%40.1%24.6%
BAME257083.8%38.7%23.8%
EIMD quintile1 and 2257084.5%40.7%24.6%
3 to 5175082.7%36.7%23.0%
GenderMale199083.8%39.4%23.8%
Female244083.9%38.8%24.0%
OtherNNNN
Part timeEthnicityWhite114078.6%68.2%50.9%
BAME114068.6%58.1%43.8%
EIMD quintile1 and 2129071%62%47%
3 to 594077%65%50%
GenderMale99073%59%44%
Female131074%66%49%
OtherNNNN

ATTAINMENT: 2017-18 QUALIFIERS

Provider: Birkbeck College

UKPRN: 10007760

Table 2a: Percentage of first degrees at grade 2:1 or above by characteristic for 2017-18 qualifiers

CharacteristicValuePercentage
EthnicityBAME46%
White73%
EIMD quintile1 and 255%
3 to 568%
GenderFemale60%
Male61%
OtherN

 

Key

  • N/A: Not applicable as no qualifiers at this mode and level
  • N: 24 or fewer students in this population
  • DP: Data suppressed for data protection reasons

For full details, please see the 'Rounding and suppression' tab of the full data spreadsheet.