The Master is the chief academic and administrative officer of the College, head of both the academic and the administrative staffs of the College and is Warden of the Students’ Union. He has responsibility to the Governors for its finances, for promoting and maintaining the efficiency, good order and development of the College. Under the Financial memorandum with HEFCE, the Master is the designated office-holder for the College.
Supporting roles: In his responsibility for the day-to-day management of Birkbeck and in his role as the representative of Birkbeck on a wide range of organisations, the Master is assisted by the Vice-Master Professor Matthew Innes and Pro Vice-Masters (see below). He also works closely with Keith Harrison, the College Secretary and Clerk to the Governors.
The Vice-Master is appointed by the Governors for a term of office of five years from among the Professors on the recommendation of the Master after consultation with the Academic Board. He/she acts as deputy in the Master's absence and has executive and management responsibilities. The Vice-Master also carries out the duties associated with one of the Pro-Vice-Masters' portfolios (see below). Download information on the Vice Master's role.
The Pro-Vice-Masters are appointed by Governors on the recommendation of the Master from among the Professors. They are appointed for a fixed term, and each has responsibility for a specific portfolio.
The Secretary and Clerk to the Governors, who is the legal representative of the College, is responsible to the Master for the central administration and services, which are sub-divided into a number of sections whose senior officers are responsible to the Master through the Secretary.
The Dean is appointed by the Governors for a term of office of five years from among the Professors on the recommendation of the Academic Board. He/she exercises a pastoral role on behalf of College staff and students.