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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

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Over a period of two years, Birkbeck expanded and enhanced its existing portfolio of intensive part-time programmes and associated support at undergraduate and postgraduate level. This built on new forms of flexible learning that the university has already established. 

The project: 

  • Developed and delivered innovative, flexible and accelerated undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes run in the evening. This responded to current market shifts and built on Birkbeck’s sector-leading expertise in supporting adult learning. 
  • Developed programmes that combined work skills and experience with academic evening study. These programmes explored new forms and suited the needs of diverse non-traditional adult students. 
  • Marketed these new programmes particularly among non-mainstream students who would not otherwise have considered embarking on, or continuing, university study. 
  • Sustained the university’s income from tuition fees by increasing numbers on intensive part-time courses. This offset the impact of the 40 per cent decline in students starting standard part-time degrees. 
  • Ensured that the new programmes did all they could to widen participation and access. This built on existing recruitment patterns at the university which showed that programmes of this sort were already attracting high numbers of students from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds.  
  • Helped 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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