Birkbeck, University of London

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The fašade of the main building of Birkbeck, University of London (formerly Birkbeck College).

Birkbeck, sometimes referred to by its former name Birkbeck College or by the abbreviation BBK, is a College of the University of London. It aims at working people who want to study for degrees in the evenings (adult education). Its main building is on Malet Street in Bloomsbury.

History

In 1823, George Birkbeck, an early pioneer of adult education, founded the then London Mechanics Institute.

In 1866, the Institute changed its name to the Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution.

In 1907, it became Birkbeck College.

In 1920, it became a school of the University of London.

In 2002, it dropped the word College to become simply Birkbeck, University of London. However, the term Birkbeck College is still often colloquially used, and survives on the fašade of the main building itself.

The college arms include a lamp and an owl, symbolising the college's motto In nocte consiliem ("study by night"). Because of this, the student magazine is called Lamp and Owl.

External links

  • BBK.ac.uk (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/) - The official Birkbeck website


Recognized bodies of the University of London

Birkbeck | Goldsmiths | Heythrop | Imperial | Institute of Cancer Research | Institute of Education | King's | London Business School | LSE | London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine | Queen Mary | Royal Academy of Music | Royal Holloway | Royal Veterinary College | St George's | SOAS | School of Pharmacy | UCL

Listed bodies

British Institute in Paris | Courtauld Institute of Art | School of Advanced Study | University Marine Biological Station, Millport


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