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Get Ready to Study

We offer a series of free events and support for those interested in finding out about studying at Birkbeck, as well as those have already started their course. Our students come from a variety of educational and social backgrounds, so our events provide a introduction to life as a university student in a relaxed and informal setting to allow the opportunity to ask questions and receive support. 

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.
  • Find out about our up and coming Big Ideas events, and book your place, via our Eventbrite listings.

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 have been out of education for a number of years, are the first in their family to go to university, are a mature age, are forced migrant, have lower than level 3 qualifications, or have a low household income.
  • Eligible students will be contacted directed and invited to apply for BBK Chat.

Unum Bursary

  • Birkbeck is pleased to partner with Unum to offer five £1000 bursaries, for new students who will be starting the first year of their undergraduate-level studies at Birkbeck. The bursary is designed to offer assistance to five students who are in need of extra financial support to undertake their first year/term of undergraduate studies.
  • One of the criteria for eligibility is that you must have attended either a Get Started, Compass Project or Big Ideas event, or been involved in our Get Talking mentoring programme.
  • Find out more about the bursary and eligibility for application