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Over the next two years, Birkbeck aims to expand and enhance its existing portfolio of intensive part-time programmes and associated support at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This builds on new forms of flexible learning the university has already established. 

The project will: 

  • Develop and deliver innovative, flexible and accelerated undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes run in the evening. This responds to current market shifts and builds on Birkbeck’s sector-leading expertise in supporting adult learning. 
  • Develop programmes that combine work skills and experience with academic evening study. These programmes will take new forms and suit the needs of diverse non-traditional adult students. 
  • Market these new programmes particularly among non-mainstream students who would not otherwise consider embarking on, or continuing, university study. 
  • Sustain the university’s income from tuition fees by increasing numbers on intensive part-time courses. This will offset the impact of the 40 per cent decline in students starting standard part-time degrees. 
  • Ensure the new programmes do all they can to widen participation and access. This builds existing recruitment patterns at the university which show programmes of this sort are  already attracting high numbers of students from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds.  
  • Help other institutions to see how study opportunities for mature and part-time students can continue to work in these novel ways. 

Project information

Catalyst funding £1,465,364
Total project funding £2,930,000
Project contact Mr Richard Evemy 
Tel 0207 380 3252 

Page last updated 25 January 2015

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