Future-proofing society

Legal & General and Birkbeck: driving sustainable change

Legal & General and Birkbeck, University of London, have launched a three-year partnership to empower future leaders by co-creating an inclusive and sustainable education offering

24 Jan 2024

This partnership adds to our long history of collaborating with higher education institutions to drive social and economic opportunities.

A shared vision

Both Legal & General and Birkbeck share the goal to deliver progressive and long-lasting outcomes for students, our local communities, and the planet. Together, we have launched a partnership to combine Birkbeck’s renowned academic research with Legal & General’s financial and industry-relevant support.

Empowering a diverse cohort of students

Birkbeck aims to equip its students with the skills and knowledge to find innovative solutions to local and global challenges, and by offering evening study, it welcomes a diverse community who may not otherwise be able to access this education. Like Birkbeck, Legal & General recognises that building a more sustainable future is as much a people challenge as it is a scientific, technical, or economic one.

A unique partnership

Through our co-developed projects, we hope to inspire the next generation of leaders to approach unprecedented challenges confidently and develop innovative solutions using a multisectoral approach:

  • Mobilise students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to access Birkbeck education through Legal & General’s bursary scheme funding
  • Support and expand undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in environment and sustainability, incorporating relevant business context to provide ‘real-world’ application
  • Launch a first-of-its-kind accreditation programme that will help to embed benchmarking standards in environmental and sustainability higher education
  • Share relevant knowledge to support academics and Birkbeck students, through a newly-established Legal & General mentorship programme and thought-leadership guest lecturing
At Birkbeck and Legal & General we have a shared belief in people’s power to solve problems and seize opportunities. The work of building a more sustainable future will require the mobilisation of significant amounts of capital; but ultimate success will depend on the expertise and commitment of more and more people. Access to high-quality education is one of the great enablers of change and I look forward to the impact we can achieve together.

Nilufer von Bismarck OBE

Non-Executive Director

Legal & General

Founded in 1823, Birkbeck, University of London is a world-class institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence and London's only specialist provider of evening higher education.