• 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, University of London 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



    Tech Workshop with ThoughtWorks

    5 May 2017

    Global Tech consultancy ThoughtWorks hosted a practical insight workshop at their Soho offices. Students heard from a range of ‘ThoughtWorkers’ including developers, analysts and project managers to find out what their roles involved, a typical day in their shoes and gained invaluable advice. They also got hands on with VR headsets as well as having the opportunity for a dedicated CV clinic with their talent scout.

    8 week beginners coding course by Code First: Girls

    Terms 1 & 2, 2016/17

    Code First: Girls ran an eight week coding course for Birkbeck women in Term 1 and Term 2. 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.

    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


  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Resources

    All you need to hustle #yourtechfuture.

    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!

    Cutting edge industry-lead courses

    Udacity is an innovative online education provider. We offer cutting-edge courses built in partnership with leading companies like Google, AT&T, and Facebook on everything from mastering web design and app development to machine learning. Our flagship Nanodegree programs set the standard for industry-recognized credentials. Through projects, code reviewing, career support, and mentoring, Udacity's Nanodegree programs give students skill-sets that are in-demand.

    Udacity Nanodegree programs start at just £150 per month and students receive a 50% tuition refund by graduating within 12 months. When enrolled on a Nanodegree, you'll benefit from project and code reviews, mentoring and career support. You can try any Nanodegree free for 7 days. Or, explore our course catalog for a wide range of content available for free.

    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.

    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!

    Reuben Sinclair

    Birkbeck is partnered with Reuben Sinclair - a specialist recruitment agency for Complete Brand Engagement. They gave a very popular and informative workshop on Personal Branding for Career Success and are happy to provide students with their whitepaper on the topic.

    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.

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