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Executive Board

The School Executive Board is the primary decision making body in the School. It has collective responsibility for the School budget and strategic plan, and has responsibility for setting operational and other budgets for all activities within the School.

Members of the Executive Board 2018/19 are:

  • Dan Alexander - Exec Board Secretary;
  • Jen Baird, Assistant Dean - Research;
  • Melissa Butcher, Head of Department, Geography; Assistant Dean - Recruitment & Retention (autumn term);
  • Matthew Davies, Executive Dean, School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy;
  • Jill Entwistle, School Manager, SSHP;
  • Ben Gidley, Assistant Dean - Recruitment & Retention (spring & summer terms);
  • Dermot Hodson, Assistant Dean - Learning and Teaching;
  • Eric Kaufmann, Head of Department, Politics;
  • Julia Lovell, Assistant Dean - International;
  • Robert Northcott, Head of Department, Philosophy;
  • Bojana Petric, Head of Department, Applied Linguistics and Communication;
  • Jan Rueger, Head of Department, History, Classics and Archaeology;
  • Bruna Seu, Head of Department, Psychosocial Studies;
  • Assistant Dean - Postgraduate Research - to be confirmed.


Teaching and overall satisfaction for the College highly ranked in London for latest National Student Survey with several subjects performing well nationally.

Alongside her role as President of the College, Baroness Joan Bakewell DBE is known for her journalism, broadcasting, creative writing and humanitarianism. She is also a Labour Party peer.

Donors, volunteers, students and staff of Birkbeck gathered at ‘An Evening of Thanks’ to celebrate contributions to our community, made possible by the generosity of benefactors.