Human Resources

Funding for degree and professional qualification courses at other institutions

Job specific degree courses

A job specific course is defined as one that equips the member of staff with skills and knowledge that is directly related to their current job and is not transferable to another field of work, for example, BA Facilities Management, MA Human Resource Management.

Where a member of staff is unable to attend a Birkbeck degree programme that relates directly to their job due to work constraints, for example, evening shift work, an application may be made to the Dean or Head of Administrative Department to fund an equivalent programme at an external institute. This funding will be allocated only if the member of staff’s line manager is satisfied that the proposed course of study would assist the member of staff’s work and career development, that participation would be in the best interests of their department and the staff member and subject to availability of limited funding.

Where a member of staff wishes to attend a degree programme that comprises job-specific skills and knowledge, and this course is not provided by Birkbeck College, applications for funding to attend a programme at an external institution must be made to the relevant Executive Dean or Director of Professional Service. Funding will be subject to the approval of the member of staff’s line manager and to the availability of funding within the School or Professional Service.

Generic skills degree courses

A generic skills course is defined as one that equips the member of staff with skills and knowledge that are transferable across different roles, departments and careers, for example MBA programmes and BA Management.

Where a member of staff wishes to attend a degree programme at an outside institute, for example the Open University, that comprises generic skills and knowledge development and this course is not offered by Birkbeck College, they may apply to the Executive Dean or Director of Professional Service for course funding. This funding will be subject to approval of the member of staff’s line manager, and availability of School or Professional Service funding.

Professional qualification (non-degree) courses

A Professional Qualification (non-degree) course is defined as one that equips a member of staff with a recognised qualification, usually required for professional development, in their specialist job-specific field, for example, qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

Applications for funding to attend job-specific professional qualification courses must be made to the relevant Executive Dean or Director of Professional Service. This funding will be allocated only if the member of staff’s line manager is satisfied that the proposed course of study would assist the member of staff’s work and career development, that participation would be in the best interests of their School or Professional Service, and subject to availability of funding within the School or Professional Service.

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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
Email: humanresources@bbk.ac.uk