UEL buys Birkbeck share in University Square
22 July 2021
The University of East London and Birkbeck are pleased to have concluded the transfer of Birkbeck's remaining share in University Square Stratford (USS), a campus in Stratford's Cultural Quarter, to the University of East London (UEL).
Full occupation of USS will support the University of East London in its efforts to pioneer future graduate careers and sustainable innovation for a changing world - moving forward rapidly with key goals outlined in its Vision 2028 strategy, including targets around green enterprise, diversity and community engagement.
The additional space will enhance UEL's ability to create a careers-led education that exceeds the aspirations of our students and the expectations of employers, strengthening and diversifying the Industry 4.0 talent pipeline.
The UEL's Royal Docks School of Business and Law facility within USS will be further enhanced by a trading floor simulator, a mooting room, and a marketing analytics lab. The ability to grow the existing free legal advice clinic in central Stratford will mark out the flagship USS building as a beacon of impactful support, further cementing the bond between the University and the community it serves.
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,"
Professor Amanda Broderick, UEL vice-Chancellor and president, said.
Professor David Latchman, Vice-Chancellor, Birkbeck, University of London, said: "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 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."
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