Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London (formally Birkbeck College, University of London), is a public research university located in Bloomsbury, London, England, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. Established in 1823 as the London Mechanics' Institute by its founder, Sir George Birkbeck, and its supporters, Jeremy Bentham, J. C. Hobhouse and Henry Brougham, Birkbeck is one of the few universities to specialise in evening higher education in the United Kingdom.

Birkbeck, University of London
Coat of arms
Latin: Collegium Birkbeck Londiniense
MottoLatin: In nocte consilium
Motto in English
Advice comes over night[1]
TypePublic research university
Established1823 – London Mechanics' Institute
1866 – Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution
1907 – Birkbeck College
Parent institution
University of London
Endowment£4.3 m (2014)[2]
Budget£109 million (2015)[3]
ChancellorThe Princess Royal (University of London)
PresidentBaroness Bakewell
Vice-ChancellorWendy Thomson (University of London)
MasterDavid S Latchman
Students11,425 (2019/20)[4]
Undergraduates6,680 (2019/20)[4]
Postgraduates4,745 (2019/20)[4]
Location
London, England, United Kingdom

Colours
AffiliationsAssociation of Commonwealth Universities
European University Association
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Universities UK
Websitewww.bbk.ac.uk

Birkbeck's main building is based in the area of Bloomsbury in London Borough of Camden in Central London. In partnership with University of East London, Birkbeck has an additional large campus in Stratford, next to the Theatre Royal. Birkbeck offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that can be studied either part-time or full-time, though nearly all lectures are given in the evening. Birkbeck's academic activities are organised into five constituent faculties which are subdivided into nineteen departments. Birkbeck, being part of the University of London, shares the University's academic standards and awards University of London degrees. In common with the other University of London colleges, Birkbeck has also secured its own independent degree awarding powers, which were confirmed by the Privy Council in July 2012. The quality of degrees awarded by Birkbeck was confirmed by the UK Quality Assurance Agency following institutional audits in 2005 and 2010.[5]

Birkbeck is a member of academic organisations such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the European University Association. The university is also a member of the Screen Studies Group, London. The university's Centre for Brain Function and Development was awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize for its brain research in 2005.[6]

Birkbeck's alumni include five Nobel laureates, numerous political leaders, members of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and a British prime minister.