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Corporate statements


Birkbeck, University of London and Pears Foundation together established the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism in 2010. It was the first academic institute of its kind in the UK.

The Foundation’s vision was to see the creation of an independent academic institution. This has been achieved. The Institute has gained an international reputation for its innovative approach to the research and teaching of antisemitism.

As the Institute increasingly tackles challenging and divisive issues in the public sphere, the Foundation’s Trustees have decided that continuing to be so closely associated with the Institute is no longer in the Foundation’s best interests. 

The Trustees of Pears Foundation and Birkbeck have, therefore, agreed that going forward the Pears name will no longer be directly associated with the Institute. The Foundation will continue to support its work as one of several funders.

From 4 May 2021, the Institute will be named the Birkbeck Institute for the Study of Antisemitism.

Pears Foundation and Birkbeck will continue their efforts to combat antisemitism alongside other organisations and government bodies who are working together to rid our society of this pernicious form of racism.

Statement on the upcoming general election and lifelong learning (13 November 2019)

Master of Birkbeck, Professor David Latchman said: "The General Election provides an important opportunity for political parties to commit to reskilling the workforce to meet the demands of a rapid and continuously changing economy.

"As the country’s only university that is wholly focused on providing classroom-based, evening tuition that allows students to study whilst they work or pursue other commitments, Birkbeck welcomes the major political parties’ renewed interest in adult learning and training.

"It is vital for the continued success of the UK that we see these commitments translated into policy and an adequately-funded adult higher education system that truly supports lifelong learning, whoever forms the next government.”