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[Discover our research] Dr Carmen Mangion, from Birkbeck’s Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, looks at France's history of policing women's attire under the principle of laïcité.

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Bad Habits? France’s ‘Burkini ban’ in Historical Perspective

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The President of Birkbeck, Baroness Bakewell, has said that failure to support part-time study means the Government is badly ‘missing out’ on a sector that has ‘huge growth potential and value to society’. Baroness Bakewell made her remarks in the House of Lords on Tuesday during a marathon 7-hour debate over the Government’s proposed Higher Education & Research Bill, which seeks to regulate...
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Birkbeck President champions part-time study in House of Lords debate

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New research by a team of scientists from the US, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, the formal name for North Korea) and the UK, including Birkbeck geophysicist Dr James Hammond published in the journal Science Advances on 30 November 2016 provides surprising new evidence about the emissions of an ancient volcanic eruption: that of Mount Paektu (which straddles the border between...
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Study provides new evidence about gas emissions from ancient North Korean volcanic eruption

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#BirkbeckVoices podcast 47 - Film, the Colombian peace process and early childhood development.

This latest episode of Birkbeck Voices gives some fascinating listening for the cold winter evenings. We hear from: Prof Colin MacCabe who talks to us about The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger; also Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera talks to us about the Colombian peace process and his...
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#BirkbeckVoices 47: Film, the Colombian peace process and early childhood development

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The Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR) is Birkbeck’s annual anthology of short fiction by emerging and established writers. Available in print and e-book format, to date MIR has focused on work by current students and alumni of Birkbeck’s creative writing programmes. Now, thanks to funding from Arts Council England, MIR is widening its reach beyond Birkbeck, to find and develop talent from...
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The Mechanics’ Institute Review to offer exciting opportunities for writers across Britain

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[#BBKblogs] The analysis of statistics to achieve competitive advantage has become a huge part of the game; not just for viewers and Sky Sports infographic designers, but by clubs themselves who have integrated data analysis into their scouting networks, tactics and coaching systems. Data has become vital not only to how we interpret the beautiful game, but to how it is played too.

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That thing you thought? Think the opposite: Football, Data and OptaJoe

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Another beautiful autumn day in Bloomsbury. The golden leaves of Russell Square are sadly disappearing fast, so enjoy them while you can.

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[#BBKblogs] Birkbeck's Professor Patrick Tissington continues his advice series for students: 'First of all, I need to emphasise that I know only too well how stressful exams can be. Most academics have flown through school and university and found exams to be an enjoyable way of showing how much they know. Yes. People like that do exist. But I am definitely not one of them! I recall exams...
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Exam technique de-mistified and explained – the top 6 most common mistakes and how to avoid them

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[#BBKblogs] Birkbeck's Professor Patrick Tissington continues his advice series for new students: 'Exams are stressful but I firmly believe that they can be mastered. It’s like decorating – it’s all about preparation. So I have four steps for you: 1. Gather intelligence; 2. Work with a group of like-minded people; 3. Decide on theories to learn; and 4. Drill-rehearse-practice. And that’s it....
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Smart revision – the four things you need to do

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A beautiful autumn day for our undergraduate Mini Open Day today. There's a welcome talk, campus tours, and a student Q&A all about #BBKlife and #StudentLife at Birkbeck.

If you can't make today, there's another one on the 7 Jan 2017. For more information - bbk.ac.uk/mini-open-day
Professor Jason Camlot has won the prestigious Donald Gray Prize for best Victorian Studies essay from the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) for his article published in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Nineteenth Century.

The article ‘Historicist Audio Forensics: The Archive of Voices as Repository of Material and Conceptual Artefacts’ appeared in the anniversary issue...
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Article published in Birkbeck journal wins prestigious Victorian studies prize

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[#BBKblogs] Freeports have garnered a reputation as ‘fortresses of art’ and ‘bunkers of the super-rich’ which operate as speculative safe-houses and galleries for the wealthy to shop in. The key here is that the goods are technically in transit, and as such, are exempt from a raft of customs duties.

Within the Freeport art cave, artworks become objects of financial speculation – a tax-free...
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Speculative Aesthetics: Freeports as the Art Caves of High Finance

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Want to visit Birkbeck? We’re running tours of our central London campus this Saturday at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Take a tour around our buildings, facilities and the surrounding area, led by one of our current students who can answer your questions about student life at Birkbeck. Tours last for around 45 minutes and depart from inside our Main Building in Torrington Square. Look out for our...
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Birkbeck campus tours - 3 Dec

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Thinking of returning to study but worried you don’t have the right qualifications? Our part-time Foundation Degree courses are designed for students who may not have formal qualifications and are ideal if you’re unsure about taking a full degree. They will help equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to achieve your potential as well as improve your employability. We offer...
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Foundation Degree Introduction Event - 6pm, 7 Dec

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Birkbeck marks #WorldAIDSDay with the inaugural lecture of Professor Matt Cook, entitled “Archives of Feeling”: the AIDS crisis in Britain c.1987 and the display of a panel of the UK AIDS quilt, a piece project commemorating lives lost to AIDS.

In his sold out inaugural lecture, Prof Cook will trace the emotional landscape of Britain at a key turning point in the history of AIDS. Drawing...
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Birkbeck marks World AIDS Day 2016

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Independent, radical publishing house Verso Books have this year sponsored a new prize for the top student graduating from Birkbeck’s MA Cultural and Critical Studies.

The inaugural prize has been awarded to student Neil Fitzgerald, for submitted work that was described as “truly exceptional” by Dr Tracey Potts (University of Nottingham), the external examiner, who continued: “The...
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Inaugural Verso Prize for Cultural and Critical Studies awarded to student for bold & original work

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Our Mini Open Day is a chance for you to visit our campus, hear from staff and students about what it's like to study at Birkbeck and find out why record numbers of students are choosing to study at London’s evening university. The day will include:

Welcome Talk - general information about what makes Birkbeck so special plus the UCAS application process, fees & funding, careers &...
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Birkbeck Mini Open Day - 3 Dec

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[#BBKblogs] On 17 October, in a genial, expansive conversation, Colm Tóibín discussed his Man Booker Prize nominated novel The Testament of Mary (2012) with Birkbeck’s Professor of Creative Writing, Russell Celyn Jones. The Testament of Mary takes us back to the moment at which Christianity was born, an historical event heavily obscured by accreted layers of myth, competing proofs and...
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Man Booker at Birkbeck: Colm Tóibín discusses his novel The Testament of Mary

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Asylum seekers and refugees in London will have the opportunity to change their lives thanks to a new Birkbeck, University of London initiative: the Bridges to Study Programme.

This new initiative will see Birkbeck offer 20 asylum seekers per year a fully-funded place on any undergraduate or postgraduate certificate course, to enable them to acquire a valuable qualification, recognised in the...
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Birkbeck launches Bridges to Study programme for asylum seekers in London

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