We’re driven by a desire to break down the barriers that hold people back. Breaking Down Barriers Together.
Our Purpose and Values
Our values define our culture and expectations of each other. They sometimes challenge orthodox thinking, yet support the ancient ambition of education; to transform lives for the better through greater understanding.
That’s why we dare to be different.
That’s why we make things happen.
And that’s why we try our best never to be mean.
Breaking down barriers together
All of us face obstacles with the potential to hold us back. We hold that these are best addressed in a community that supports and believes in each other. We see this as our essential purpose and it underpins our approach to education and civic engagement.
Integrating purpose into our business strategy, we work with partners to widen participation in Higher Education. This important work does not end in the classroom, it includes working with students to identify and achieve rewarding graduate level careers.
This focus on personal and professional development is also an important feature of our civic engagement. We work with partners across the world to promote justice and fair play in all aspects of human interaction. Adding value to these networks and partnerships is part of who we are. We want to maximise opportunity for everyone and leave no one behind.
We are an Armed Forces friendly organisation and we are committed to providing veterans and their families with the same access to higher education as any other citizen.
With the help of Unlock, we became the first higher education institute to Ban the Box for both staff and students, no longer asking anyone who wants to study or work with us to disclose past criminal convictions.
Our inclusive recruitment practices are recognised by Disability Confident and we constantly improve how we attract and recruit workers with a disability.
We believe our staff should be paid a salary that meets the costs of living. We pay the London Living Wage instead of the National Minimum Wage.
We are committed to supporting the mental wellbeing of all our staff and creating a supportive and open culture where colleagues feel able to talk about mental health confidently.
We are a signatory member of The Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). PRME is a United Nations-supported initiative founded in 2007 that aims to raise the profile of sustainability in classrooms through Six Principles focusing on serving society and safeguarding our planet.
Our application to join UNPRME was accepted after the UN Secretariat changed their membership rules to allow our participation. We became the fist independent provider in the world to join this prestigious network, re-affirming sustainability at the core of our teaching and learning.
We are members of Smarter London SME – removing any barriers for people with disabilities who work with us.
Our Strategic Framework is split into six goals and represents our institutional strategic targets that we seek to achieve over the three-year period 2023-25.
The Quality and Enhancement Manual (QEM) sets out our Quality Assurance Framework. It aims to act as a central source of information on how we do things to provide assurance on the quality of our course delivery. This includes the key policies and procedures which guide and support our approaches to quality assurance.
Bloomsbury Institute attracts people who believe in contributing to the public good, people who want to make a positive change to themselves and the world around them. Our people make a positive difference to society.
We create careers
Our people make a positive difference to society. By working with us, we will enable you to make a positive difference to society through discovering your own potential, strength and influence.
Many of our lectures, seminars and workshops take place in Birkbeck’s world-class Bloomsbury campus. These buildings are just around the corner from our bases in Bedford Square and Great Portland Street.
Working with our education partners enables us to determine together how we can add value to young people’s learning experiences throughout their education, leaving no one behind.
We work hard to cultivate and enhance connection with individuals and organisations beyond the Institute. The Centre for Community Engagement and Learning spearheads these efforts.