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Birkbeck, University of London Reputation
Birkbeck, University of London, offers a large percentage of its programmes as part-time and is recognised for its accommodation of flexible teaching which in turn attracts many individuals already working within their chosen field who want to further their knowledge and understanding. The 18,000 Students have access to many of the facilities provided by the University of London and will graduate with qualifications awarded by the same body. Birkbeck, University of London is ranked within the worlds top 150 institutions.
The university is mainly based in Bloomsbury, London but with shared facilities with the University of East London in Stratford. University Square Stratford is an addition to the current offering of facilities by Birkbeck and UEL. The project is currently undergoing construction and investment with the finished building being the new home of a theatre, performing arts space, learning garden, café, library, lecture theatres and an IAG Centre. The Information Advice and Guidance centre is there to provide students with course and university information plus learning, disability and finance support.
Birkbeck Students' Union has many sports clubs and societies on offer that include mountaineering, Lamp & Owl student magazine, salsa and literature among many others. The Advice Centre is available for all students and can offer support and counsel with a huge range of issues. The Students' Union has its own bar "The George Birkbeck Bar' that offers a large range of alcohol, coffee, cocktails and soft drinks and hosts many events throughout the year such as Freshers' and End of Term parties. The Birkbeck Bar is a great place to chill out during the day with a game of darts, pool or table-football. Students are also permitted to make use of facilities and societies provided by the University of London Students' Union which is situated next door to Birkbeck's building.
Teaching staff at Birkbeck, University of London include many world-class leaders in their field involved in forward thinking research meaning students have access to expertise that will inspire and enhance their student experience and directly influence their careers. Students come from over 100 countries to study at Birkbeck to benefit from the universities renowned reputation.
Being situated in the heart of London allows students to have access to a wealth of resources and opportunities plus having the chance to study and live in the diverse and vibrant city that is London.
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Journalism & Foreign Language (Japanese), BA-Full Time 3 years course is extremely good and can recommend for everyone, although it seems that not every teacher is as good and as amazingly fun as my Journalism teachers and Japanese teacher. I hear that some friends get teachers that aren't really qualified for some of their courses and are a bit boring.
Teaching was very mixed, some excellent professors and some truly abysmal ones. Service for distance learning is very, very poor as no use of any modern technology just live videotaping of the lecture including breaks, interruptions and everything. It to some unexplained technical issue it took months for me to get access to course materials by which point I was behind in the course and, like another commentator, just sent round in circles every time I tried to fix the situation. Evening study is a great opportunity but frankly I wish more universities did it so that those who need it don't get stuck with Birkbeck!!
Overall, quite disappointing. There is a great lack of organisation and support, which can significantly affect one's performance over their first year of university. Most of the time, I felt like I was left completely alone: criteria for assessment remained mostly unclear, what lecturers actually required always changed and, of most importance, some of them were not even qualified - it is enough to mention Foundations of Modern Psychology lecturer (NB: core module!) used to start by saying "Guys, I am not familiar with the topic so I can sum it up but you'll have to look it up yourselves.... haha!". There were 2 lecturers - consequently 2 modules - who were absolutely amazing in everything they did, which allowed me to enhance my knowledge and actually learn something over the year and am thankful for this. Eventually, some of my marks were reduced due to moderators revising past exams: the sole explanation given to me was "it is an academic decision and no one can influence it".
Part of the prestigious University of London, Birkbeck awards University of London degrees. So, upon graduation, you will receive an internationally respected qualification from a renowned institution. Birkbeck has a very strong research reputation across a wide range of disciplines. This feeds directly into its taught programmes, both undergrad and postgrad. Furthermore, with flexible study options, a diverse population of interesting and motivated students across a wide age range, and a great location, Birkbeck offers a unique academic opportunity.
Wasted my time at Birkbeck, be well aware of Lecturers in particular Penelope Garner-Chloros in case she supervises your studies. Was awarded a MA but refused to keep it... Yes that was so bad, ask for my money back! Having your ideas taken from supervisor, being poorly supervised. Having complained about it... No feedback provided...Being unfairly treated as part of group assessment going wrong... The list is endless. Would sue them if I had more time to waste. I trust they loose all EU funding, they don't deserve, in particular for Minority Languages. It is a money making place, full of academic looking after their ego....unfortunately not a learning and research place. Be well aware before you contact them. I hope they get investigated for their practices by an external body. Contact me for more information, I will be happy to share emails communication and my overall experience in details.