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Birkbeck's Taster Day

  • Birkbeck, University of London, Room G01 School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD (map)

If you have sought sanctuary in the UK, currently have refugee, asylum seeker, DLR or Humanitarian Protection status (or any other forced migrant status) and are looking for some support and guidance on accessing higher education, we welcome you to attend our free taster day at Birkbeck, University of London.

Birkbeck has a proud tradition of changing lives through university study. Our students come from all over the world, with a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds. We particularly encourage and specialise in applications from mature learners, those who may have had a break in their education, of any length, or who have never had the opportunity to study at university level either in the UK or abroad.

During the taster day we will cover the following:

  • Making informed decisions and finding the right course for you

  • Birkbeck campus tour

  • Preparing for university study: what to expect and the skills you need

  • Speak to current Birkbeck and Compass Project students

  • Learn about the support available to help you make those next steps

  • Applying for the Compass Project Fund: Eligibility criteria, application and next steps

Throughout the day, there will be an opportunity to speak to Compass Project recipients, advisors and academics at Birkbeck. Lunch will also be provided.

The taster day, is particularly important to attend, for those that are interested in applying for the Compass Project Fund.

You can find more information about the Compass Project Fund here. If you are unable to attend a Taster Day - please contact Naureen Abubacker, to Compass Project coordinator in advance on

Travel Reimbursement

For those living in London: Birkbeck are able to reimburse the travel costs of students who are travelling to the Taster Day in London. You will need to bring the receipt of your travel. It is advised you buy a one day travel card. If you use an Oyster card, we will need a copy of your travel history and not just the amount you have topped your oyster card up by. (If you are only able to present a receipt, you will receive maximum £5 for your travel)

For those living outside of London: Birkbeck will be able to reimburse up to £20 of your travel costs.

Please contact Naureen Abubacker,, if you have any questions about the day.