University of East London acquires Birkbeck’s Stratford campus space

The increased University Square Stratford (USS) space will allow UEL to enhance its “careers-first agenda”

Birkbeck has transferred its remaining share of campus space Stratford’s Cultural Quarter, to the University of East London (UEL).

The move will give UEL full occupation of the University Square Stratford (USS) building.

The additional space will, says UEL, enhance its ability to create a careers-led education, sustainable innovation, and strengthen its bond with its local community.

The UEL’s Royal Docks School of Business and Law facility will be enhanced by a trading floor simulator, a mooting room, and a marketing analytics lab – they join an existing free legal advice clinic.

Despite vacating the campus space, Birkbeck’s higher education outreach work in the area would continue, confirmed vice-chancellor Professor David Latchman: “From our experience in East London, we have learned that our higher education outreach activities work best in local community settings, rather than expecting people to make the journey into Stratford.

We know this impactful building in the heart of Stratford’s business, arts and enterprise district will be a key asset for us as we continue to drive forward our careers-first agenda – Professor Amanda Broderick, UEL

“We have also found that students enrolled on our university courses prefer to study on our Bloomsbury campus, where they benefit from the prestigious range of University of London facilities and services.

“We have provided higher education outreach in Newham for a number of years, including throughout the pandemic, and we are looking forward to continuing to do so, working in partnership with local organisations. We have not used the small number of rooms we occupied in Stratford during the pandemic, and vacating them now enables us to expand our higher education outreach programme across East London, delivering it in settings at the heart of local communities.”

Professor Amanda Broderick, vice-chancellor and president of the University of East London, said, “It makes sense for the University of East London to take full occupation of University Square Stratford. We know this impactful building in the heart of Stratford’s business, arts and enterprise district will be a key asset for us as we continue to drive forward our careers-first agenda.

“This investment underlines our focus on diversifying the graduate talent pipeline, pioneering green and sustainable initiatives and – as the university in, of and for East London – to provide fulfilling opportunities for the Newham community.”


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