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Birkbeck committees

The Governance team supports a large number of committees, boards and working groups across the College.

View Birkbeck's committee structure (PDF).

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

The Board of Governors approves the mission and strategic vision of the College, long-term teaching, research and business plans and key performance indicators, and ensures that these meet the interests of stakeholders and deliver public benefit. 

ACADEMIC BOARD

The Academic Board consists of the College’s readers and professors. It is responsible for the academic work of the College, and considers academic matters referred by the Governors.

ACADEMIC BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Academic Board Executive Committee (ABExCo) is responsible for the general management of the business of the Academic Board, and for advising the Strategic Planning Committee and the Academic Board based on information received.

EDUCATION COMMITTEE

The Education Committee is a Committee of the Academic Board and is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the College's Education and Student Experience Strategy.

EDUCATION STRATEGY GROUP

The Education Strategy Group (ESG) is a sub-group of the Education Committee and is responsible for discussing and advising on: the education strategy; the operation of policies, procedures and regulatory frameworks; and quality assurance arrangements of all taught provision at Birkbeck.

COLLEGE PROGRAMMES COMMITTEE

The College Programmes Committee has a specific remit for the consideration of the College’s taught educational portfolio, new programme proposals (and associated modules) and major amendments on behalf of Education Committee.

DIVERSITY, DISABILITY AND WELLBEING GROUP

The Diversity, Disability and Wellbeing group consider diversity, equality and inclusion issues across the College and report to Education Committee.

LIBRARY ADVISORY GROUP

The Library Advisory Group provides a consultative forum for representative College staff to advise the Librarian on library service issues, developments, and strategy. 

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE

The International Committee develops and oversees the implementation of the College’s international strategy, including advancing initiatives to enhance the College’s international positioning and impact and strengthening relationships with important constituencies internationally.

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

The Research Committee supports the College’s mission in relation to all research-related matters, and specifically the provisions of the College’s mission to maintain and develop excellence in research and provide the highest quality research training in all our subject areas, and to make available the results of research, and the expertise acquired, through teaching, publication, partnerships with other organisations and the promotion of civic and public debate.

The Committee also has responsibility for supporting the College in its objective of achieving and maintaining strong research cultures in support of interdisciplinary work in each school and faculty. 

RESEARCH STRATEGY GROUP

The Research Strategy Group has been established to support the College in relation to the academic aspects of the implementation of the Research Strategy 2014-20, and any arising matters of research governance that would benefit from academic perspectives and support. 

RESEARCH SUPPORT GROUP

The Research Support Group has been established to support the College in relation to operational aspects of the implementation of the Research Strategy 2014-20, and any arising matters of research governance that would benefit from Professional Services Research Support.

OPEN RESEARCH GROUP

The Open Research Working Group has been established to support the College in relation to the open and accessible publication of research and research data, and wider open research initiatives.

RESEARCH STUDENTS SUB-COMMITTEE

The Research Student Sub-Committee has been established to support the College Research Committee in respect of research student matters, including the development of strategy and policy in respect of research students.

KEF WORKING GROUP

The Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) Working Group works to improve the College’s Higher Education Business Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS) return, and to help increase the College’s Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) income.

REF WORKING PARTY

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) Working Party is established for each REF cycle, and prepares the College’s REF submission.

REF SUPPORT GROUP

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) Support Group provides support to the REF administrators.

ISSF GROUP

The Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Working Group has been established to manage and implement the Wellcome Trust ISSF grants that have been awarded to Birkbeck, along with other funds as considered appropriate by the Deans.

COLLEGE BOARDS OF EXAMINERS

The College Board of Examiners oversees the integrity of the examination process.

REMUNERATION COMMITTEE

The remit of the Remuneration Committee is to develop and have oversight of an overall framework to cover the remuneration, benefits and conditions of employment of the staff of the College, ensuring that there are clear and fair processes for setting objectives and assessing contribution.

The principles of remuneration are to recruit and retain the best staff possible, to deliver best outcomes for students, society and the economy and to demonstrate best use of resources. The approach to setting remuneration takes economic factors, competition, skills, experience, the diversity of the workforce and individual and institutional performance into account.

FINANCE AND GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE

The Finance and General Purposes Committee has overall responsibility, on behalf of the Governors, for the conduct of the College's financial affairs and for other matters delegated by Governors. It also gives advice and makes decisions with the aim of protecting and enhancing the College's assets and making the best use of its income so that the objects of the College, as defined in its Charter and Statutes, may be achieved.  

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

The Investment Committee is responsible to and reports to the Finance and General Purposes Committee for all investments. It recommends to the Finance and General Purposes Committee and the Governors the appointment of investment managers to undertake the day-to-day management of the College’s investments in accordance with agreed policy.

STRATEGIC ESTATES AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMITTEE

The Strategic Estates and Infrastructure Committee oversees the development and ongoing review of the College’s estates and infrastructure strategy, in the context of the College’s overall plan and strategic objectives, for approval by Governors.

RECRUITMENT OUTREACH AND ACCESS COMMITTEE

The Recruitment Outreach and Access Committee defines, monitors and reviews strategy, policy and procedure in respect of the marketing, recruitment, and admission of undergraduate and postgraduate taught students; outreach and access activities, bursaries, scholarships and student funding provision for undergraduate and post graduate taught students, and tuition fees

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

The Equality and Diversity Committee ensures that the College discharges its legal responsibilities and achieves its Equality and Diversity strategic goals by taking ownership of objectives, maintaining oversight of progress through detailed scrutiny of equality reviews and audits to clear timescales, and working with colleagues across the institution to ensure remedial actions are taken when necessary.

HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE

The Health and Safety Committee advises the most senior directors and leaders of the organisation on matters concerning the health, safety and welfare, at work, of College staff. It also keeps under review the measures taken to ensure that the College provides healthy and safe working conditions for staff, students and other persons who may be affected by its activities, within the context of a higher education institutional environment

GENETIC MODIFICATION SUB-COMMITTEE

The Genetic Modification Sub-Committee review in detail experimental proposals involving genetic modification prior to their submission to the Advisory Committee on Genetic Modification (ACGM) as required by the appropriate legislation.

HR STRATEGY AND POLICY COMMITTEE

The Human Resources (HR) Strategy and Policy Committee oversees the development and implementation of the College’s People Strategy.

NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE

The Nominations Committee normally meets once a year and makes recommendations to the Governors on the appointment of:

  • the President
  • the Chair and Deputy Chair of Governors
  • the Independent Governors
  • the membership of the Finance and General Purposes Committee; the Audit Committee; the Remuneration Committee; and any other committees as the Governors may from time to time direct.
  • Fellows of the College
  • Honorary Life Members of the College.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

The Audit Committee reports to the Governors on the College’s risk management, control and governance arrangements and its arrangements for ensuring economy, efficiency and effectiveness. 

COLLEGE ETHICS COMMITTEE

The College Ethics Committee is responsible for advising Governors, via the College Research Committee and the Audit Committee, on the development, implementation and review of procedures for ethical issues related to research, teaching and other areas of College business.

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE

The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) has strategic oversight of all College activities, including teaching, research and the delivery of the mission. 

PLANNING GROUP

The Planning Group is an internal working group that organises planning and budgeting processes. It currently meets fortnightly, or according to business need.

RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP

The Risk Management Group (RMG) is tasked with identifying and evaluating the significant risks faced by the College and consider what controls should be put in place to mitigate them. The RMG reports to the Strategic Planning Committee and the Audit Committee on the status of risks and controls and meets on a termly basis.

200TH ANNIVERSARY GROUP

The 200th Anniversary Group convenes termly to consider and advise on strategic, developmental and planned major activities related to the College’s forthcoming bicentenary celebrations.