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Corporate policies and procedures

The policies and plans made available on this page are those that relate to the governance and legal compliance of the College.

Access agreements

Birkbeck is registered with the Office for Students. That means we meet its requirements for course quality and student support:

ITS and data protection

  • Computing regulations: These regulations apply to any user using any computing facility of the College for any purpose.
  • Data protection code of practice: The Data Protection Act 1998 places an obligation upon Birkbeck, as a data controller, to collect and use personal data in a responsible and accountable fashion. Birkbeck College is committed to ensuring that every current employee and registered student complies with this Act to ensure the confidentiality of any personal data held by the College in whatever medium.
  • Data protection policy
  • Data safeguarding policy
  • Internet domain name policy
  • Mobile and remote device security policy
  • Network security policy: In order to safeguard the stability, integrity and security of the College IT network, steps need to be taken by ITS and each School / Department to ensure that machines under their control are properly managed to minimise the risks. The objectives of this policy are to ensure that the College’s IT network and computing facilities are adequately protected against misuse or abuse.
  • Staff use of electronic mail, internet and telecommunication facilities: Sets out what is regarded as acceptable use by College staff of email, internet and telecommunication facilities and the general circumstances under which interception and or retention of copies of communications or monitoring of an individual's use of these facilities may occur.
  • Wireless network policy: Anyone using the Birkbeck Wireless Network needs to read and agree to the terms of this policy.

Library policies

Safety, security and risk

  • Anti-bribery and corruption policy: We are committed to carrying out our academic and business activities in an honest and ethical manner and to observing the provisions of the Bribery Act 2010 in respect of its conduct both at home and overseas.
  • Free speech policy: The free speech policy and procedure is relevant to all staff, students, and visitors who are part of our community.
  • The Prevent Duty: The aim of the Prevent strategy is to reduce the threat to the UK from all forms of terrorism by stopping people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
  • Risk management policy: This policy explains our underlying approach to risk management and documents the roles and responsibilities of the governing body, the Audit Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee, the Risk Management Group and other key parties.
  • Modern slavery and human trafficking statement: We are committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.
  • Safeguarding policy and procedure: This policy sets out to meet concerns around safeguarding the Birkbeck community by establishing a safeguarding panel with responsibility for considering and advising on a wide range safeguarding issues, considering each case referred to it individually and establishing what action to take.
  • Student protection plan 2018-19: This provides an assessment of the range of risks to the continuation of study for our students, how those risks may differ based on our students' needs, characteristics and circumstances, and the likelihood that those risks will crystallise.
  • Whistleblowing (public interest disclosure) policy: The purpose of this policy is to provide a means within the College to raise a concern in the right place if you suspect or witness any risk, malpractice or wrongdoing within the College.