Human Resources

Appeals

11.1 A probationer, given notice that confirmation of appointment has not been recommended, or given notice of dismissal may appeal in writing to the Director of HR within 28 days from the date on the letter sent from the Chair of the Panel.

11.2 The College will identify 3 appropriate members of academic staff or Governors as members of the Appeal Board.

11.3 The Appeal Panel will consist of:

i. A Chairman, appointed by the Chairman of Governors in consultation with the Deputy Chairman and the Master (or nominee);

ii. A member of the academic staff appointed by the Chairman of Governors in consultation with the Deputy Chairman and the Master (or nominee);

iii. A member of the academic staff appointed by the Committee of BCAUT, in consultation with the Master (or nominee);

11.4 No member of an Appeal Panel shall have been previously directly concerned with the case under appeal.  A member of the Human Resources Team will be in attendance to provide advice and support to the Panel.

11.5 The Appeal Panel shall hear the appellant (who may, if they wish, be accompanied by a Birkbeck colleague of their choice or a Trade Union representative) and the respondents, i.e., the Chairman of the Panel (or nominee); further the Panel is free to call relevant witnesses and to see relevant documentation and take other such action as deemed appropriate by the Chairman of the Panel.

11.6 It shall be the function of the Appeal Panel to determine whether or not the Review Panel:

i. Could not reasonably have reached the conclusion in question; and/or

ii. Had taken into account factors that were irrelevant or failed to take account of factors that were relevant.

11.7 The appellant will be informed of the decision of the Appeal Panel within 10 days of the Panel meeting.

11.8 The decision of the Appeal Panel is final and will be reported to the College Governors.

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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