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Policies and resources

College-wide policies

Athena SWAN survey

The department has surveyed its staff and students in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to find out about awareness and experience of our policies and culture. You need a Birkbeck network login to view the results:

Promotion procedures

Anyone interested in applying for a promotion or pay award should contact their line manager or Head of Department, or raise this in their annual Progress & Development Review (PDR) meeting.

Deadlines for applications 2016/17:

Conferment of title 27 October 2016
Lecturer to Senior Lecturer
25 November 2016
Remuneration Committee
5 December 2016
Lecturer A to B 3 January 2017
Discretionary and accelerated increments: academic, non-professorial

3 February 2017

Researcher grading review and CRP award panel 24 February 2017
Contribution Related Pay: teaching and scholarship staff 24 March 2017
Contribution Related Pay: professional and support staff 11 April 2017



The College has a Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) award which includes pump-prime funding for mid-career academic researchers. These awards will give staff members a chance to revitalise their research by developing pump-priming proposals that are designed to lead to major grant applications. Particular consideration will be given to people who have had caring responsibilities.

Find out more about the Birkbeck/Wellcome ISSF award.

MRC takes new approach to supporting tomorrow's medical researchers

  • They have removed eligibility criteria based on years of post-doctoral experience. This will allow for variations in career paths, recognising that the speed of career progression can be affected by factors unrelated to a person’s scientific potential. Read more about this on their blog.
  • They have launched a new online research career framework which provides an interactive tool that highlights a range of career options available at any stage of a biomedical research career.
    Read the full news story about this new career tool.

External job opportunities

List of external job opportunities for biological sciences postdocs and students - this is a new section with ongoing updates (Access to this page requires a Birkbeck network login)

College room 456A - private, secure space for breast-feeding

Birkbeck has made room 456A available as a private space for breastfeeding. The key is available from the main Reception.