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Athena SWAN Award

We're delighted that our Department of Biological Sciences was recently awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award. The Department of  Psychological Sciences was successful in gaining an Athena SWAN Bronze award in 2016.


Background to the award: Athena SWAN Charter

  • The Athena SWAN Charter recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology (SET) in higher education and research. It aims to assist the recruitment, retention and progression of women in SET.

    The Bronze Award recognises the College overall has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff. This includes:

    • an assessment of where the College is in quantitative (staff and student data) and qualitative (policies, practices, systems and arrangements) terms, which has identified both challenges and opportunities
    • a plan that builds on the assessment, the activities that are already in place and what has been learnt from these
    • an organisation to carry proposed actions forward

    Birkbeck, University of London, has held an Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2012. View the College's Bronze Award application (2012). [pdf opens in browser window] This was renewed in 2017 by the Equality Challenge Unit.

College policies and resources

There's a full listing of family-friendly policies and resources on the College's website.

College room 456A: a private, secure space for breast-feeding Birkbeck has made room 456A available as a private, secure space for breastfeeding. The key is available from the main Reception.


Promotion procedures

Anyone interested in applying for a promotion or pay award should contact their line manager or Head of Department, or raise this in their annual Progress & Development Review (PDR) meeting.

Deadlines for applications 2017/18

Conferment of title 26 October 2017
Lecturer to Senior Lecturer
24 November 2017
Remuneration Committee
4 December 2017
Lecturer A to B 3 January 2018
Discretionary and accelerated increments: academic, non-professorial

2 February 2018

Researcher grading review and CRP award panel 16 February 2018
Contribution Related Pay: teaching and scholarship staff 23 March 2018
Contribution Related Pay: professional and support staff 11 April 2018



  • The College has a Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) award which includes pump-prime funding for mid-career academic researchers. These awards will give staff members a chance to revitalise their research by developing pump-priming proposals that are designed to lead to major grant applications. Particular consideration will be given to people who have had caring responsibilities.

    Find out more about the Birkbeck/Wellcome ISSF award.

    MRC takes new approach to supporting tomorrow's medical researchers

    • They have removed eligibility criteria based on years of post-doctoral experience. This will allow for variations in career paths, recognising that the speed of career progression can be affected by factors unrelated to a person’s scientific potential. Read more about this on their blog.
    • They have launched a new online research career framework which provides an interactive tool that highlights a range of career options available at any stage of a biomedical research career.
      Read the full news story about this new career tool.


News and events highlights






Inspired by science: women scientists at Birkbeck tell their stories [Science Week 2016]