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Access to Higher Education | Forced Migrants

At Birkbeck, University of London we have a proud tradition of transforming lives through education. Our students come from all over the world and are from a wide range of educational backgrounds. 

Our award-winning scheme, The Compass Project, is our committment towards ensuring that the student journey for those who have sought sanctuary in the UK, is accessible and straightforward.

We have lots of events and activities planned in 2019. If you know of anyone who is interested, please do get in touch!

About Birkbeck | London's evening university

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Discover another way

Birkbeck is different: classes are held in the evening between 6pm and 9pm, so you can work, volunteer or do your own thing during the day.

As advocates of life-long learning, we particularly encourage and specialise in applications from people who may have had a break in their education, of any length, or who have never had the opportunity to study at university.

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Improving access to higher education | Forced Migrants

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Visit us on campus

There's a lot to navigate when thinking about university; from knowing what course to study, to being aware of what financial support is available.

To help, we run a free taster day, tailored specifically for forced migrants, with lunch and travel paid for. Click on the button below for more information. 

Taster Day
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The Compass Project Fund

We know that there are structural barriers that prevent some forced migrants from accessing university.

To support those who face these hurdles, we are offering 20 fully-funded scholarships, for those who are unable to access the government loan due to their status, to complete a qualification at Birkbeck. 

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Hear from our students | Case studies | Blogs

We are now in our third year of The Compass Project, and have welcomed students from a range of backgrounds to study with us.

Hear from SJ on his experience of studying at Birkbeck, with limited prior qualifications and from Elizabeth on how her local migrant centre encouraged her to make the first step to university.

There's also a video!

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contact us | Collaborate | Questions

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Compass Project Officer

Naureen is the Compass Project Officer, and is focused on ensuring a positive student journey for forced migrants at Birkbeck, from the moment they hear about us. 

She welcomes opportunities to collaborate with organisations that work closely with this community, on integration, progression and next steps. If you'd like to discuss this further, do get in touch!

Get in touch

Events at Birkbeck | Next Steps | Life-long learning

We offer a series of free events and support for those interested in finding out about studying at Birkbeck, as well as for those who have already started their course. 

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Get Started

Want to know more about studying at university? 

Open to all, this free and friendly workshop is a great way to find out more about what it means to study at university. You'll also get to meet other attendees who are considering a similar next step. 

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Free Public Lectures

Birkbeck's Big Ideas is a series of thought-provoking free public lectures, delivered in the local community by Birkbeck researchers from a wide range of subject areas. Hear from previous speakers on our university podcast

Everyone is welcome to attend, regardless of previous educational experience. 

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Postgraduate study

Thinking of doing a Masters? Join us on Saturday 16th March to talk about all things postgraduate.

From fees and finance, to how to make the step up from undergraduate to postgraduate we'll be on hand with advice and information.

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