Owl origami is a #bbkhoot!

This post was contributed by Andrew Youngson, media and publicity officer for Birkbeck, University of London

#bbkhootThe stretch between being offered a place at university and actually commencing studies can seem like an eon when you’re looking to start the next chapter of your life.

To help while away those foot-tapping hours and days, we’ve found a great solution (well we think so anyway!) The bright-eyed, bushy-tailed students who have been offered a place on one of Birkbeck’s many undergraduate programmes which begin in September have been sent a paper-based challenge, featuring a proud emblem of everything Birkbeck represents: the owl.

The Birkbeck owl is not only a symbol of the College’s evening mode of study, but of our students’ collective drive for knowledge and wisdom. And it also happens to be great to construct out of paper!

With this in mind, flat-packed origami owls have been winging their way (pun unabashedly intended) across the city and beyond, along with handy instructions on how to bring them into three-dimensions.

To offer an extra helping hand to our next wave of students, we’ve put together a quick series of photos to show you how your owl should look at the various stages of construction.

And what then? All you need to do is personalise it (if you wish, but why wouldn’t you want to?) and #bbkhoot it! Send us your photos on Twitter (@BirkbeckNews) and Instagram (@birkbeckuni) with a little message to say why you chose Birkbeck. We look forward seeing your designs. Prizes will be awarded to the top three owls at Orientation on 26 September.

Click on the top left pic below to start the slideshow…

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Behind the scenes extras…

As an added bonus, here’s a picture of our owl (created by Naomi Smith) taking part in its very own photo shoot. You’re welcome.



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