Human Resources

Progression and reward

Birkbeck is committed to recognising and rewarding the contributions of its staff. The College’s reward and recognition framework recognises high performance across each staff group. Annual review panels consider applications for re-grading, Discretionary Increments, Accelerated Increments and other payments, as outlined below. The timetable and processes by which nominations and applications can be made are within the appropriate scheme (see schemes in menu to the left).

Academic staff  Research staff Teaching & Scholarship (T&S) staff Professional & Support (P&S) staff
The College’s academic progression procedures consider performance in research, teaching and administration/academic management.  Academic staff can apply for promotion to progress to Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor. Academic staff may also apply to be considered for an Accelerated or Discretionary Increment in the same year. Membership of the academic staff review panels is available here. The high performance of Research staff is recognised through Contribution-Related Pay (Exceptional performance is defined as a ‘contribution that, on a sustained basis, substantially exceeds that normally expected in an individual’s or team’s role’); and through application for Grading Review, to recognise fulfilment of higher levels of skill, educational attainment, contributions and output from the role holder. T&S Staff can apply for either of two categories of Contribution-Related Pay: Increments (accelerated or discretionary) or Bonus Payments (either individual or team). T&S staff can also apply for Grading Review, as a responsive approach to maintaining appropriate grading that is robust, fair and transparent. The high performance of P&S staff is recognised and rewarded through two categories of Contribution-Related Pay: Increments (accelerated or discretionary) or Bonus Payments (either individual or team). 

In addition Remuneration Committee meets once a year to consider pay arrangements for Professorial and senior professional services staff.

All staff are automatically informed of the procedure and deadlines for applications each year.

In exceptional circumstances when applications cannot wait for the appropriate panel, line managers are required to submit a case to Human Resources, please contact the Head of HR Operations or your HR Business Partner for further information.

Birkbeck and the trade unions are committed to the development of positive policies to promote equal opportunity in employment. Therefore, the equal opportunities policy of Birkbeck is that the only consideration in progression and reward of employees must be how the genuine requirements of the post are met or likely to be met by the individual under consideration. These requirements being met, no regard should be taken (except where the law allows) of that person's race, creed, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, age, language, religion or similar belief, political or other opinion, affiliation, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, national or social origin, birth or other status, or membership or non membership of a trade union. .

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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