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Corporate statements

Statement on the acquisition of Student Central (8 June 2021)

Birkbeck is delighted to be acquiring the lease on Student Central from the University of London. This follows the University’s decision to close the building and offer its member institutions the opportunity to put forward proposals for its future use.

The building will transform our ability to fulfil our unique mission of widening access to higher education by bringing teaching to the heart of the College. Instead of teaching in spaces dispersed across multiple locations rented from many providers, which our students consistently tell us has a negative effect on their studies, we are looking forward to being able to provide high quality teaching, learning and student social space of our own on campus. This will dramatically improve the experience of students who study with us and deliver a demonstrable and sustained impact to the University’s contribution to educational access and social mobility.