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Birkbeck, University of London Widening Access and Retention Team. Overview – London’s Evening University . A commitment to social mobility and widening access, remains core to the College’s mission.

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overview london s evening university

Overview – London’s Evening University

A commitment to social mobility and widening access, remains core to the College’s mission.

Flexible evening study enables adults from diverse educational and social backgrounds to participate in higher learning

we offer short courses, Certificates of Higher Education, Undergraduate Degrees and Postgraduate Qualifications

widening access and retention team

Widening Access and Retention Team

Outreach and Widening Participation Team and My Birkbeck Student Services merged in 2011 to form the Widening Access and Retention team

enabled us to devise and deliver a series of innovative interventions offering consistent student support from first point of contact through to end of a student’s first year.

Located in External Relations – focus on recruitment and retention

Highly Commended in Times Higher Education Awards for “Outstanding Student Services Team” 2012

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Outreach: target groups

mature students without previous experience of higher education

students in areas with low participation in HE as defined by Government demographics

low-income households

work across London – particular focus in East London with Stratford Campus

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Outreach

Prospective students are not always sitting in a classroom environment making long-term engagement a challenge. To overcome this our approach to interventions is threefold:

Raising general awareness and aspirations of BBK and HE amongst general public

Promoting the benefits of flexible evening study to key partners working with adult learners

Preparing prospective students for HE study through outreach and in-reach

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Outreach

Raising general awareness and aspirations of HE amongst general public

Information stands at shopping centres and libraries

Academic outreach - delivering subject tasters at community events

Attending partner events as part of ALW, Black History Month, City Reads

This year piloted Try It in Your CommUNIty (series of week long events at Cambridge House in Camberwell)

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Outreach

Promoting the benefits of flexible evening study to key partners working with adult learners – FECs

Attendance at HE Fairs

Package of talks, tasters and tours on FECs request

Pro Vice Master for Academic Partnerships – working towards institutional progression agreements with partner FECs and 10% discount of fees for staff working in FECs who want to study in Birkbeck

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Outreach

Promoting the benefits of flexible evening study to key partners working with adult learners – unionlearn

Providing information stands and tasters at Learning at Work Events

Delivered Spanish and French Language Cafes at learning centres in Pudding Mill Lane, Kings Cross Station and Cert HE HIES in PCS Learning Centre in Clapham from September

10% discount of fees for union members across all levels of study as long as studying at a higher level

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Outreach

Promoting the benefits of flexible evening study to key partners working with adult learners – Community Groups

Learning Cafes at Children’s Centres and Crisis Homeless Charity

Five one hour workshops (one per week) based on Carol Dweck’s work on Mindsets

Non accredited, informal learning environment ‘dip your toe’

Progression to Cert HE Higher Education Introductory Studies

50 Learners this year

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Outreach

Preparing prospective students for HE study through outreach and in-reach – www.bbk.ac.uk/tryit

“Try It” workshops actively encourage our outreach learners to come on to campus to help demystify university study. The series is repeated monthly and consists of:

Preparing for Higher Education

Future Focus - Careers Workshop

Application Workshop

Financing your university course

Every Thursday there will be something taking place on campus

contact

Contact

We have a monthly e-newsletter – contact Kate Potts if you would like to be added to this k.potts@bbk.ac.uk

Annette McCone – a.mccone@bbk.ac.uk

020 7380 3122

Garmon Ap Garth – g.ap-garth@bbk.ac.uk

020 7380 3123