Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London’s only specialist provider of evening higher education. A global elite, top 150 institutions, we encourage applications from students without traditional qualifications and we have awide range of programmes to suit every entry level.
On the evening of 2 December 1823, around 2000 people flocked to the Crown and Anchor Tavern on the Strand to witness Dr George Birkbeck and his supporters, including Jeremy Bentham, JC Hobhouse MP and H Brougham MP, launch London’s first-ever Mechanics’ Institution, dedicated to the education of working people. This foundation meant that, for the first time, artisans and craftsmen could learn about science, art and economics. Seven years later, the Institution took a further radical step by becoming one of the first colleges to admit women as students.