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Student transition and success

University life can take some getting used to, so it’s always great to have some support when adjusting to this change.

The Access and Engagement department's work does not stop once students apply and enrol at Birkbeck. Through our targeted transition and success work, we also support students from under-represented backgrounds make an informed and prepared step into higher education and continue to succeed on their new course.

Whether you are a prospective student or educator, you will be able to find more information on this page about the ways we can work with you once your journey at Birkbeck has begun.

Coronavirus update: Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we have moved a lot of our support for prospective and current students online. 

On Track

On Track is a programme that supports students through the pre-entry and transition stages of their studies at Birkbeck.

Successfully launched in 2020 with two cohorts of biomedicine and law offer holders, it has now grown to include Arts Foundation Year and Business and Management subject areas.

On Track provides academic guidance on what students can expect from their course, resources to support preparation and ongoing success with their studies, and a chance for them to get to know fellow students and staff before their first term at Birkbeck.

Applicants holding an offer to study a relevant course will be invited to participate in the programme which will be based around three events held on campus between June and September, with further support continuing into the first term.

 if you would like more information.

BBK Chat Mentoring

BBK Chat is a peer mentoring scheme that offers first-year students an opportunity to meet with an existing Birkbeck student. These informal, regular chats provide a way to ask questions and speak with someone from a similar background who can provide support and guidance from a student's perspective.

Normally meetings take place three times a year over a tea or coffee in and around Birkbeck's campuses, but with teaching taking place remotely this year, mentors and mentees are meeting online. 

As well as one-to-one chats, group sessions of three to nine students also take place and are facilitated by fellow students to provide advice and insight linked to timely issues such as assessments and well-being. 

 if you would like more information.