Equality and diversity at Birkbeck
Birkbeck is proud of its diversity and recognises the value that this brings to College life.
This statement covers the whole Birkbeck community, as equality and diversity can only be successfully embedded using a holistic approach embracing all staff, students and visitors.
The equalities agenda is embedded in the College's decision-making structure, through the work of the Equalities and Disability Committees, who report to the Governors of the College, who are the highest decision-making body of the College.
Birkbeck actively promotes the Athena SWAN initiative within the Birkbeck community. In 2015, the Department of Biological Sciences secured a Bronze award and in 2016, the Department of Psychological Sciences secured a Bronze award. It is envisaged that more departments will participate in developing local Athena SWAN submissions so that the good gender equality practices is embedded across the College.
Birkbeck aims to provide a welcoming, flexible and inclusive environment for staff and students.
The Equality Act 2010 broadened the Public Equality Duties to cover all protected groups (except Marriage and Civil Partnership).
Find out more about the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010 and how they apply at Birkbeck.