Birkbeck, University of London Human Resources

Redundancy Policy pdf format

Policy Statement

Birkbeck values its members of staff and is committed to the provision of job security and continuity of employment. This stance is central to an environment that encourages research, teaching and professional, administrative and technical support that is so vital to our work.    However, as a result of changes in external funding, technological development, changes in organisational requirements, reduced student demand, or other reasons, it is recognised that a redundancy situation may arise as staffing requirements change.  When such situations arise, the College will endeavour to manage these challenges fairly, equitably and in the best interests of the College in the effective operation of its services. 

The College will seek to avoid compulsory redundancy and take steps to mitigate the impact of redundancy where practicable through the fair and consistent application of this policy in conjunction with the Redeployment policy.


The policy for redundancy applies to all staff whose employment is to be terminated prematurely by reason of redundancy. For academic staff the relevant aspects of Statute 28 will over-ride this policy where they are more favourable. This policy will not normally apply to the ending, non-renewal or non-extension of fixed term contracts unless the reas.on for this falls outside the remit of the Fixed Term Contracts policy.

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Date printed: 18/09/2018