Human Resources

Birkbeck College context

Birkbeck College recognises that its Race Equality Policy is relevant to all individuals who comprise its community and that it will continue to impact on its core activities ranging from strategic planning, policies, partnerships, processes Staff and Student recruitment and day-to-day operations.

The College's Race Equality Policy is designed to ensure that the strategic aims of the College are carried out in an environment that promotes equality of opportunity, promotes good relations between people of different racial groups and eliminates unlawful discrimination.

Birkbeck is aware of the diverse origins of its students and staff and acknowledges that the communities it serves are local, national and international.  A significant proportion of the College's student population indicate their ethnicity as non-white, and it employs Staff of over 77 different nationalities.

Birkbeck’s Race Equality Policy sets out its firm commitment to the General and Specific Duties of the RRAA (2000) in the management of the College.  Birkbeck recognises that this entails a commitment to review its current core activities using an action plan (attached), to ensure its adherence to, and promotion of, race equality, so that :-

  • The College continues to enable and encourage all staff and students of all ethnic groups to achieve the highest standards in study or work of which they are capable. (The principles of the policy will also apply to the student and staff recruitment and admissions process)

  • The College continues to take appropriate action if it identifies that any individuals or specific groups of students or staff are not achieving their full potential

  • Race equality continues to be promoted and relevant polices and procedures take account of differences or potential differences between groups of staff and students from different racial groups

  • Procedures are in place to deal with any breach of the Race Equality Policy

  • Policies to combat racial harassment are implemented

The College recognises the following key areas to which the Race Equality Policy will apply:

  • Governance and management

  • Strategic planning

  • Publicity

  • Student admission, access and participation 

  • Student assessment, progression and achievement

  • Curriculum, teaching, learning methods and quality management

  • Student support, guidance and services

  • Alumni, careers and student employment service

  • Student complaints procedure, appeals, and discipline

  • Staff recruitment, selection, career development, remuneration, training, discipline, grievance and dismissal

  • Partnerships and community links

This list is not exhaustive and it is acknowledged that other areas may be added.

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The HR team is based on the first floor of Egmont House
Postal address: Human Resources, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX