The World Needs More Birkbeck

This Campaign is an opportunity for you, our alumni, friends and supporters, to play a role in Birkbeck’s third century.

Last year we commemorated 200 years since Birkbeck’s founding, celebrating the influential people who shaped Birkbeck’s past and our inspiring alumni and researchers who are shaping the future.

Our Mission

When George Birkbeck convened a group of supporters in 1823, he brought together a community. Revolutionaries, philosophers, politicians, philanthropists and working men and women of London, all united around one pioneering vision: to create an institution where education is available to all who want it.

Many organisations do not survive 200 years but even fewer do so in a manner their founders would recognise. Today, at a time when we are facing unprecedented changes across the globe, Birkbeck’s founding vision is more needed than ever. As we commemorate this milestone in Birkbeck’s history, you can play a role in our shaping our third century by supporting The World Needs More Birkbeck campaign.

Support Birkbeck

Our community of alumni, friends, staff and students play a significant role in helping Birkbeck forge ahead at the cutting edge of education, opening doors to students of all ages and backgrounds and carrying out world changing research.

This is your opportunity to help shape Birkbeck’s future.

Enabling Access

Ensuring education is available to all is at the heart of what we do. We believe no student should be held back due to circumstance or background.

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Strengthening Student Support

Student Support, from careers advice to financial aid, empowers students to succeed; from the start of their course to helping them through that last hurdle.


Advancing Outstanding Research

Our researchers are pioneering new techniques, nurturing the next generation of thinkers and seeking to uncover the next a-ha moment that could be a catalyst for change.

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Tomorrow's Infrastructure & Estates

Our students and academics are doing amazing things and providing them with the spaces and tools to enable them to thrive is critical.

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Our Community Stories

We invite you to join us in celebrating the diversity and strength of our community. 

Our alumni, staff, students and friends are doing incredible work around the world and we are proud that Birkbeck is part of their journey.


JJ's Story


Dr George Roussos' Research


Sushmina's Story

Get Involved

Your knowledge, experience and expertise can help students thrive. From supporting them as they decide to come to Birkbeck to mentoring them as they navigate their next career step.

Keep in Touch

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and research from the university, connect with local alumni and attend events, workshops and seminars.

Read Alumni Stories

So many of our global alumni community are making a difference; from improving their communities, to bringing about change in their industries, or shaping the lives of those around them.