• The UpScale Programme

    A series of events to inspire and enhance your tech future

  • Overview

    Securing a successful career after Birkbeck. 

    The UpScale Programme



    Birkbeck Careers is partnering with exciting employers to curate a series of events and workshops exploring a diversity of skills, designed to inspire you to pursue careers that matter in technology.


    Our goal is to create a community of Birkbeck students empowered to pursue work they love in technology - a high-growth and high-potential sector in the UK and beyond.


    The Programme is a partnership between Birkbeck College and The J.P. Morgan Foundation.

  • Is this for me?

    Yes, if you are ready to take your career to the next level!


    What does your future hold?


    Employers are looking for more than just your academic achievements.

    We organise workshops, events, skills training, one-on-one support, and job opportunities together with employers to help you advance your employability skills and competencies, develop your potential and discover unique opportunities.


    If you are interested in exploring careers in technology; you are a student at Birkbeck (it does not matter what you are studying!); and you would like to receive key skills training by top employers to help you embark on a new career journey, then join the UpScale programme.

  • Technology

    A world of opportunity.

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    Now is the time to break into tech.


    The UK’s digital economy is thriving and tech-skills are more sought-after than ever before. With the help and guidance of top employers, explore the great variety of roles in technology, tap into innovation, solve user problems, create amazing experiences, lead cutting-edge research and improve lives.

  • Our Priorities

     We are committed to diversity.

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    Women in Tech

    When it comes to careers in technology, the gender paradox persists. At a time when the tech sector outpaces the employment market, only 16% of the UK’s technology workforce is female. Yet women can hack, code, design, engineer, mentor, lead, innovate and be all-around amazing. We want to tap into this potential by inspiring more women to excel in tech careers. It's time to debug the gender gap!

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    Ethnic Diversity

    London’s diversity is one of the strongest attributes of its overall make-up. Our city offers a multiculturalism that is unique to almost any other global hub and we must embrace it. Birkbeck, one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the UK, is in a privileged position to be at the forefront of celebrating and further investing in the capital’s multicultural population. UpScale gives us a pretty good reason to do so!

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    People with Disabilities 

    The workplace is changing. With businesses looking to create a more agile workforce and untapped talent looking for work, there has never been a better time for employers to be positive about disability and to profit from the unique skills and attributes of disabled people.


  • Register

    Please register on your My Birkbeck profile:


    Select the 'Manage' tab on the top right

    Select 'My interests'

    Check the 'UpScale' box.


    Congratulations, you're registered!

  • Upcoming Events

  • Past events

    Have a look at some of our past events



    8 week beginners coding course by Code First: Girls

    Term 1, 2016

    Code First: Girls ran an eight week coding course for Birkbeck women in Term 1. The coding course taught the students the basics of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and GitHub and by the end of the course, the participants had all created interactive websites from scratch. Code First: Girls and UpScale will be running the same course in Term 2.

    Building a Trading System by Winton Capital Management

    23 November 2016

    Machines are the future of trading. Systematic trading utilises computer models to identify and make trades and accounts for the majority of trading done on the stock market. This talk gave students a look behind the scenes at Winton Capital Management, one of Europe’s most successful systematic investment managers. They ran through some of the parts that make up Winton’s trading infrastructure, including data management, signal generation and execution of orders on global exchanges.

    The Football Industry Uncovered: How to Make a Career in Sports

    14 November 2016

    The Upscale Programme welcomed sports industry professionals working in a range of roles to deliver an inspiring panel event on following a career in this field. From the player side to the club side, attendees gained an invaluable insight into the world of sport and what it takes to get to where the panellists are today


    IBM Mock Assessment Centre

    18 October 2016

    IBM took students through a mock assessment centre. In this workshop, the students were trained to become more familiar with the range of exercises used by employers in assessment centres; identify their strengths and weaknesses across a range of assessment centre exercises; use feedback from an actual employer to improve their performance at assessment centres; and approach real assessment centres with increased confidence.

  • Impact

    See what happened last year in our pilot Work Readiness Programme

  • "If you are successful, it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction."
    – Melinda Gates

  • Blog

    Thoughts, reflections, testimonials & more. 

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  • Opportunities

    Take on a challenge. 

    IBM Graduate Opportunities

    With various opportunities available in technology, business, consulting, design and sales, you don't need to be a techie to apply to one of the world's most vibrant tech companies. Be an IBMer! Ongoing Applications - apply early.

    Capco Summer Internship

    Join Capco, a global business and technology consultancy dedicated solely to the financial services industry for a 10 week internship. Our professionals combine innovative thinking with our unrivalled first-hand industry knowledge to offer our clients consulting expertise, complex technology, digital and package integration, and managed services to move their organizations forward.


    A week-long comprehensive training programme will be provided covering the foundations of consulting and project delivery. Summer Associates will find opportunities to develop and strengthen their skills in an environment where trying new things and personal contributions are encouraged and valued.


    At the end of the 10 week internship, Summer Associates will be equipped with skills and experiences to help make informed career decisions about Consulting. Interns will also be considered for a fast-tracked offer to the Capco Associate Talent Programme, our competitive graduate scheme.


    Internship Details


    Internship dates: 26 June – 01 September


    Competitive pay and holiday entitlement



    Application Dates


    Applications Open: 31 October 2016


    Applications Close: 08 January 2017


    Assessment Centre: 23 February 2017*


    Final Interviews: Week commencing 06 March 2017*


    Apply: http://www.capco.com/careers/view/1606899/capco-internship-summer-2017

    Google and Udacity Android programming scholarships

    Hi students,


    Google and Udacity are giving you the chance to learn Android programming in 2017.

    With demand for developers growing fast, this is a great opportunity for both beginners and experienced candidates. Don't miss the chance to sign up today.


    Apply now >


    Android Beginner path:

    • 9000 places available
    • Learn to code and build your first Android app
    • No programming experience required

    Android Programmer path:

    • 1000 places available
    • Master Android and earn a certification from Google
    • 1+ years’ programming experience required
    • Be job-ready in three months

    Both courses are delivered in English, and you can learn online to better fit in with your schedule.

    Terms and conditions to apply: scholarships are available for EU residents aged 18+.

    Applications are open until 18th December and the scholarships will be awarded January 5th.


    Apply now >

  • Resources

    All you need to hustle your career. 

    Learn. Grow. Do. Everywhere.

    All Birkbeck students and staff have access to Lynda.com, a continually evolving library of training videos and tutorials covering a wide range of software, technology and business topics. Students and staff can take advantage of free 24/7 access to the entire library of training.


    Lynda is also accessible on mobile devices!




    The Digital Garage, with Google

    Learn, Practice, Get Hired!

    The UpScale Programme is very excited to be partnering up with The Digital Garage from Google - a digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence, online.

    The Way In...with LinkedIn

    With LinkedIn, you don’t just see the job – you see the way in

    LinkedIn's Way In campaign, gives you an opportunity to see stories about how to stand out to find your way in as well as an opportunity to see how your passion can help you land a job you love. With stories from Asos, John Lewis and Transport for London, click here to see your next Way In!


    Get Hired. Love your Job.

    Birkbeck is excited to partner with Glassdoor - the world's most transparent career community that is changing the way people find opportunities.


    Glassdoor holds a growing database of 8 million company reviews, salary reports, interview questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more. Unlike other sites, all of this information is entirely shared by those who know a company best - the employees - offering information on what it's really like to work or interview there according to employees, and how much you could earn.
    Birkbeck and Glassdoor are now proud to offer students free and unlimited access to Glassdoor.com career resources.

  • Any Questions?

    We would love to hear from you