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Freedom of information disclosure log

In the interests of transparency, Birkbeck has opted to publish basic details of all freedom of information requests received and responded to over a rolling 12-month period.

If you have any queries, please .

RefDescriptionResponse dateResponse
2022-004Student drug use21/01/2022

I am making a freedom of information request about the outcome of any investigation of class A drug use of your students (of any course) from 1 August 2021 to 7 January 2022.

  • Response: No investigations took place.
2022-025Student marking08/02/2022

How many students' marks have been changed after the submission of marksheets by markers to administrators, in order to uplift the students' degree classifications, or in response to informal requests by staff or students asking to change the students' marks, within Department of Organizational Psychology's postgraduate examination board (chaired by Almuth McDowall), in the academic years 2021-22, 2020-21, 2019-20, 2018-19, and 2017-18?

  • Response:
    • 2017-18: Discretion considered - 40; discretion awarded - 17.
    • 2018-19: Discretion considered - 30; discretion awarded - 14.
    • 2019-20: Discretion considered - 40; discretion awarded - 29.
    • 2020-21: Discretion considered - 24; discretion awarded - 20.
    • Please note that we have not differentiated between the reasons for discretion being requested (i.e. mitigating circumstances). No degree classifications have been changed post-board.
2022-016Birkbeck bar11/02/2022

1. Could you please provide me with information about the permanent or temporary closure of Birkbeck Bar, located in the main operational building (Malet Street)?

2. Please provide things such as circulars, board meetings, or executive decisions about the plans for this bar.

  • Response: The decision to close the Birkbeck Bar was due to initial COVID-19 restrictions. The re-opening of the bar has not yet been discussed. This has not been discussed in meetings.
2022-006PhD information21/02/2022

1. Is the above-cited thesis (Taiwanese planning law: a historical review and comparison with Hong Kong) the final examined PhD thesis submitted by Mr Shih?

  • Response: Yes

2. Has Mr Shih eared his PhD degree in law from Birkbeck?

  • Response: Yes

3. If yes for question (2), when was this doctoral degree awarded?

  • Response: May 2019
2022-008Staff demographics21/02/2022

1. How many British Muslim employees have you recruited? Please provide figures for every year since 2010.

2. What is the average length of service?

  • Response: The College adopted a new database in 2016, and archived records from the previous system. This means that data for 2010-16 is only available for staff still employed by Birkbeck.
    • Started between 2005 and 2015: Number of posts/persons - 16; average length of service - 8.3 years.
    • Started in 2016: Number of posts/persons - 13; average length of service - 2.1 years.
    • Started in 2017: Number of posts/persons - 25; average length of service - 1.7 years.
    • Started in 2018: Number of posts/persons - 21; average length of service - 2 years.
    • Started in 2019: Number of posts/persons - 28; average length of service - 1.4 years.
    • Started in 2020: Number of posts/persons - 21; average length of service - 0.9 years.
    • Started in 2021: Number of posts/persons - 19; average length of service - 0.5 years.

3. How many British Muslims have you employed in communications/media roles since 2010?

  • Response: Less than five.
2022-023Student accommodation21/02/2022

1. How many students have you had staying in university-run accommodation and student halls, in the last five years?

2. How much rent has the university collected year on year for university-run accommodation and student halls, in the last five years?

3. How much money has been invested in university-run accommodation and student halls for upkeep/maintenance/renovations, in the last five years?

4. How many students staying in university-run accommodation and student halls, if any, have been indebted to the university for late rent payments, in the last five years?

5. How many students staying in university-run accommodation and student halls, if any, have been evicted for missing rent payments, in the last five years?

  • Response: Birkbeck does not have university-run accommodation, or student halls.
2022-005Student drug use28/02/2022

1. How many reports have been made regarding students taking recreational drugs in the last academic five years (2016-17 to 2020-21)?

  • Response: 0

2. Can I have a breakdown of which recreational drugs these were, please?

  • Response: N/A

3. What are the steps you take after a student has been reported for recreational drug use?

  • Response: Under the Student Discipline Policy a student can be suspended while a formal investigation is ongoing, and where an allegation of student misconduct made to the College is an offence committed against the College and could be considered a criminal offence, the Academic Registrar or nominee will determine whether the incident should be reported to the police. Possible penalties include restrictions or conditions (for example, issuing a no-entry order); suspension of studies; termination of registration with or without a specified period of non-reenrolment.

4. How many students have been suspended due to recreational drug use in the last academic five years (2016-17 to 2020-21)?

  • Response: 0

5. How many students have been expelled permanently due to recreational drug use in the last academic five years (2016-17 to 2020-21)?

  • Response: 0

6. How many students have been reported for dealing recreational drugs in the last academic five years (2016-17 to 2020-21)?

  • Response: 0

7. How many staff members have been reported for taking recreational drugs in the last academic five years (2016-17 to 2020-21)?

  • Response: 0

8. What are the steps you take after a member of staff has been reported for recreational drug use?

9. How many staff members have been suspended due to recreational drug use in the last academic five years (2016-17 to 2020-21)?

  • Response: 0

10. How many staff members have been fired due to recreational drug use in the last academic five years (2016-17 to 2020-21)?

  • Response: 0
2022-009CCTV28/02/2022

1. Supplier of the contract for CCTV maintenance and support.

  • Response: Electra-Locks Limited

2. How much the organisation spends annually with the supplier (if multiple suppliers please list the annual spend for each)?

  • Response: Approximately £7,000 per year.

3. What is the expiry date of this contract?

  • Response: 31/01/2022

4. What is the duration of the contract?

  • Response: N/A (it is currently under review).

5. What is the review date of this contract? If possible the likely outcome of this review

  • Response: Currently under review, outcome unknown.

6. The primary brand of the CCTV equipment. I don’t require the model just the brand. If there is various brands could you please list?

  • Response: Some Hikivision, other older type dome cameras, DVRs etc.

7. What is the total number of cameras in use/under this contract?

  • Response: Just under 150

8. The description of the services provided under this contract. Please state if this contract includes more than just CCTV services.

  • Response: Contract is currently under review.

9. Contact details of the employee responsible for the contract between the supplier and the organisation. Can you please provide me with their full contact details:

2022-011Estates28/02/2022

1. Do any of the university buildings have central deionised water plants?

  • Response: No

2. What are the age of the central water plants?

  • Response: 20-25 years outside Malet Street. New within Malet Street.

3. Are there any plans to replace the central water plants?

  • Response: No
2022-020Grants28/02/2022

1. The value of grants made to each of the organisations listed below. Please provide the information for each of the three financial years separately, and list all grants separately.

2. The value of loans made to each of the organisations listed below. Please provide the information for each of the three financial years separately, and list all loans separately.

  • Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)
  • Independent Sage
  • NHS Confederation
  • Keep our NHS public
  • SOS NHS
  • Care and Support Workers Organise
  • UNITED VOICES OF THE WORLD
  • Health Campaigns Together
  • Doctors for the NHS
  • We Own It
  • The People's Assembly
  • Zero Covid Coalition
  • Health Campaign Together
  • Docs Not Cops
  • British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin
  • Association of Pakistani Physicians of Northern Europe
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Ophthalmology
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Response: Birkbeck does not make grants or loans, and therefore has not made them to any of the organisations listed.
2022-021Ransomware28/02/2022

1. Has your university been subject to any ransomware attacks in the last 2 years?

  • Response: 0

2. If so, when did they take place?

  • Response: N/A

3. Have you paid a ransom/s in return for data stolen during a mentioned ransomware attack/s?

  • Response: N/A

4. If you've paid ransom/s, then what's the total amount you've paid?

  • Response: N/A
2022-022Past papers28/02/2022

Please may you release the following past theory and practical exam papers taken by geology undergraduates from 2015 to 2021?

  • Response: The following papers were supplied as attachments:
    • Earth's Resources and Raw Materials (May 2015, May 2016, May 2020)
    • Forensic Geology (May 2015, May 2016)
    • Geological Hazards (May 2015, May 2016, May 2019)
    • Global Tectonics (May 2016)
    • Introduction to Geochemistry (May 2015, May 2016, May 2020)
    • Introduction to Geology (May 2015, May 2016, May 2020)
    • Magmatic Processes (May 2016)
    • Palaeoclimatology (June 2015, May 2016, May 2020)
    • Palaeoecology (May 2015, May 2016)
    • Structural Geology 1 including accompanying sheets (May 2020)
    • Structural Geology 2 including accompanying sheets (May 2020)
    • Tectonic Geomorphology (May 2015, May 2016, May 2020)
2022-027Staff contact details28/02/2022

Chief Information Officer (or equivalent)

  • Response: N/A

Chief Technology Officer (or equivalent)

  • Response: N/A

Director of IT, ICT, IM&T

2022-037Research grants28/02/2022

Please can you provide me with any information you have about donations (financial or in kind), research grants/funding and loans to your institution from the companies and individuals listed below, from the start of the 2016-17 academic year until your most recent records:

Companies: Gazprom; Gazprom Neft; Rossiya; Jenn Bank; General Bank; Promsvyazbank; the Black Sea Bank; Sberbank; Aquind; Rosneft; Lukoil; Novatek; Nornickel; Yandex; Polyus; Surgutneftegas.

Individuals: Boris Rotenberg; Igor Rotenberg; Gennady Timchenko; Lubov Chernukhin; Alexander Temerko; Dmitry Leus; Lev Mikheev.

  • Response: We have not received any donations, grants, or loans from these companies or individuals.
2022-001Student demographics04/03/2022

1. Number of Chinese mainland applications and offers made (for each postgraduate programme) for the 2021 autumn admission cycles.

2. Number of all application and offers made (for each postgraduate programme) for the 2021 autumn admission cycles.

  • Response: Data provided as a spreadsheet.
2022-002Application information04/03/2022

Please can you email me, for each academic year between 2017-18 and 2021-22 inclusive, and for each master's degree qualification and other RQF Level 7 qualification offered by the University in that year, a) the number of applications and b) the number of admissions, with each number broken down into i) home students and ii) international students.

  • Response: Data provided as a spreadsheet.
2022-018Estates04/03/2022

1. The make and model of readers used.

  • Response: Salto XS Wall Reader

2. The company which manufactures/distributes the readers.

  • Response: Salto Systems

3. Any third-party installers/channel partners used to purchase the readers.

  • Response: These are available from various channel partners or from Salto directly

4. The security infrastructure provider.

  • Response: Salto Systems

5. The software used to manage the door controllers and readers.

  • Response: Salto Pro Access

6. Approximate quantity of doors at the university.

  • Response: 230 Doors

7. Name of the Head of Estates for the university.

  • Response: Daniel Xuereb
2022-031Advertising budget04/03/2022

1. What fraction of the Birkbeck University budget is dedicated to communications and PR?

  • Response: In 2020-21 approximately 0.13% was dedicated to communications and PR.

2. What fraction of Birkbeck's comms/PR budget was spent designing the "Hootie" graphic?

  • Response: In 2020-21 this would be zero, apart from some of the in-house designer's time in laying out work, which it would not be possible to calculate in terms of a fraction of the comms/PR budget as he does not keep records of his time spent on various jobs.

3. What amount of money was spent on posters/banners/window pieces which feature the "Hootie" graphic?

  • Response: During 2020-21 approximately £5,000 was spent on posters, banners and window pieces which feature the Hootie graphic. The majority of this was on COVID-related informational posters, banners and window stickers and was not charged to communications and PR budgets. We estimate that around £2,000 was charged to Marketing budgets.

4. Compared to the total communications/PR budget for Birkbeck, what do each of these costs represent?

  • Response: £2,000 represents around 2% of Birkbeck's communications and PR budget.
2022-012Graduation07/03/2022

1. Is it mandatory for distance learning Master's students of Birkbeck, University of London who have completed their studies to attend a graduation ceremony in person if they wish to graduate?

  • Response: No

2. If it is not mandatory for a distance learning master's student of Birkbeck, University of London to attend a graduation ceremony in person if they wish to graduate, what are the costs to the student to graduate if they do not attend the ceremony?

  • Response: None

3. If it is not mandatory for a distance learning master's student of Birkbeck, University of London to attend a graduation ceremony in person if they wish to graduate, is there a delay to when the student obtains the degree certificate? If so, how long is the delay?

  • Response: There is no delay.

4. If it is not mandatory for a distance learning master's student of Birkbeck, University of London to attend a graduation ceremony in person if they wish to graduate, what is the cost to a student to receive the certificate through the post to their home address?

  • Response: None.
2022-028Non-disclosure agreements10/03/2022

1. Since 1/1/2019 how many non-disclosure legal agreements have been signed between the university and (i) staff or ex-staff, (ii) students and (iii) other people.

  • Response: None

2. For each of these agreements please state (i) the year the agreement was signed, (ii) whether the person signing the agreement with the university was (a) a staff member or ex-staff member, (b) a student or (c) other person, and (iii) how much, if any money, was also paid to the person as part of the agreement.

  • Response: N/A

3. Have you signed up to a pledge NOT to use non-disclosure agreements for people making claims of bullying, harassment or sexual assault which involve your university? If so when did you sign the agreement?

  • Response: No
2022-029Development and Alumni10/03/2022

1. Email and name of the alumni relations manager or equivalent person in charge of the alumni.

  • Response: , Deputy Director of Development and Alumni. 

2. The exact number of graduates registered in your alumni association.

  • Response: 73,104. This number represents our overall alumni numbers as everyone is eligible to be part of the association. No registration is required.
2022-024Sexual assault15/03/2022

I am writing to request the number of sexual misconduct cases involving university students reported to the University.

I also require the data to include information on the following:

  • How many was investigated by yourselves.
  • How many faced disciplinary action.
  • How many were reported to the police.

For the following academic years: 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21.

To clarify both the victim and perpetrator must be or have been students.

  • Response:
    • 2017-18 - less than 5 cases (HO codes 12512 and 866), which were investigated by the College and faced disciplinary action, but were not reported to police.
    • 2018-19 - no cases.
    • 2019-20 - less than 5 cases (HO codes 12512 and 866), which were investigated by the College and faced disciplinary action, but were not reported to police.
    • 2020-21 - no cases.
2022-030Overpayment15/03/20221. What are the total funds that the university currently has, as a result of overpayments, which are due to be returned to the party who paid?
  • Response: Overpayments are calculated following a request by a student for an interruption or withdrawal from studies. We are not able to provide the current amount.
2. What period do these overpayments date back to (if possible the figures broken down into each respective year)?
  • Response: N/A
3. What is the total number of people that have made an overpayment and are due a refund, in each respective period?
  • Response: N/A
4. What is the total number of people who have received refunds and the total sums, in each respective period?
  • Response:
    • 2016-17 - £1.36m (793 students)
    • 2017-18 - £1.31m (803 students)
    • 2018-19 - £1.99m (985 students)
    • 2019-20 - £936k (822 students)
    • 2020-21 - £934k (758 students)
5. What attempts are made to return overpaid monies?
  • Response: A link is provided on withdrawal or interruption for students to request funds.
6. What happens to monies that are not claimed?
  • Response: Money that is not claimed sits in the College’s credit balance account in case a refund is requested at a later date. It is not offset against debts.
7. Is interest accrued on refunds as a result of overpaid monies?
  • Response: No
8. What is the process for getting a refund?
  • Response: A link is provided on withdrawal or interruption for students to request funds.
9. What happens if the person owed money is deceased?
  • Response: Monies will be refunded to the student's estate.
10. Is there a time limit on refund claims?
  • Response: No>
2022-042Refund requests15/03/20221. How many students each year have requested a refund for their tuition (whether they received it or not)?
  • Response: We are only able to provide data for students who have been granted refunds. 
2. What were the reasons given by the students asking for a refund (partial or in full)?
  • Response: Refunds are granted following a withdrawal or interruption of studies. 
3. How many students asked for a refund for poor quality of teaching specifically?
  • Response: N/A 
4. How many refunds or partial refunds have been issued and please state a reason for each?
  • Response:
    • 2016-17 - 793 refunds
    • 2017-18 - 803 refunds
    • 2018-19 - 985 refunds
    • 2019-20  - 822 refunds
    • 2020-21  - 758 refunds 
5. How many staff members/lecturers have been disciplined (received a warning for example) for poor quality of teaching?
  • Response: Less than 5 
6. How many staff members/lecturers have been dismissed for poor quality of teaching?
  • Response: Less than 5 
2022-043Library management system15/03/2022I wish to make a request for the name of the library management system used by the university and the date the licence/contract is due for renewal.
  • Response: The College uses Horizon by Sirsi Dynix. The renewal of the licence takes place on 1 August 2022. 
2022-044Student numbers15/03/2022Can you please provide the number of full-time students attending each campus from 2017-18 up until the latest year you have data available for?
  • Response: Stratford was a teaching venue rather than a separate campus, so there were no students at the Stratford Campus. The total numbers are:
    • 2017-18 - 4496 total (3201 UG, 1295 PG)
    • 2018-19 - 4553 total (3177 UG, 1376 PG)
    • 2019-20 - 4761 total (3300 UG, 1461 PG)
    • 2020-21 - 5281 total (3596 UG, 1685 PG)
    • 2021-22 - 4694 total (3249 UG, 1445 PG)
2022-046Estates15/03/2022Please provide the telephone and email contact details of Estates and any other department in charge of maintenance.
2022-003Staff information17/03/2022Question and answer provided as spreadsheets.
2022-026Student marking17/03/2022

1. What was the number of students whose marks were changed in order to uplift their degree classification (except for students with approved mitigating circumstances)?

  • Response:
    • 2017-18 - 16
    • 2018-19 - 14
    • 2019-20 - 29
    • 2020-21 - 19

2. How many students' marks were changed for the purpose of raising their grades from one ending with a 9 to a 0 (e.g., 39 to 40, 49 to 50)?

  • Response for individual modules: Given the number of individual modules in the Department of Organizational Psychology's postgraduate degrees and the number of students, we are not able to provide this information as we would need to check every single student, and this would take more than 18 hours. Section 12 FOIA exempts organisations from the right to disclosure if the collection and assessment of the request information exceed the cost limit of £450 or 18 hours of work. With a conservative estimate of 5 minutes per case, we calculate that this would take approximately 185 hours to complete and therefore exceeds the cost limit. Therefore, we are not obliged to comply with this part of your request.
  • Response for degree classifications:
    • 2017-18 - 11
    • 2018-19 - 9
    • 2019-20 - 11
    • 2020-21 - 7

3. How many students' degree classifications were uplifted before the examination board, or during the examination board?

  • Response: All amendments were made at the pre-board meeting to agree paperwork for the sub-board.

4. What were the reasons for the application of discretion in each of the cases where students' marks were raised or degree classifications were uplifted?

  • Response: In all degree classification cases, this was due to preponderance.

5. What were the races and genders of the students for whom each type of discretion was applied?

  • Response: Due to the low numbers of students, we are not able to provide race and gender, as this data would risk identifying them. Section 40(2) exempts information from public disclosure if the disclosure would contravene any of the data protection principles. The disclosure of this information would contravene the first data protection principle and therefore is not suitable for disclosure and therefore exempt.
2022-033Student retention17/03/2022

For each academic year from 2017 to present (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, up to the date this FOI request is received), I would like to know the following:

  1. total number of undergraduate students, and total number of postgraduate students enrolled in each academic year
  2. total number of undergraduate students who have dropped out, ceased, or interrupted their studies unofficially or officially in each academic year
  3. total number of postgraduate students who have also dropped out, ceased, or interrupted their studies unofficially or officially in each academic year.

I would like the above information divided by sex of the student, and the academic department of study to be indicated, if possible.

  • Response: The data was provided in the form of a spreadsheet.
2022-019Decolonisation18/03/2022What work is being done, or has been proposed in the above material, to tackle historic legacies of slavery, racism, or other contested legacies?
  • Response: The requested documentation was provided.
2022-035Non-disclosure agreements18/03/20221. Please could you provide me with the amount of non-disclosure agreements the university has funded in relation to sexual misconduct cases where the victim and perpetrator are or were both students.
  • Response: 0

2. Please could you disclose the amount of money the university has spent on non-disclosure agreements in relation to sexual misconduct cases where the victim and perpetrator are or were both students

  • Response: 0
2022-048Student retention18/03/2022Request cancelled
2022-010Student mental health services21/03/20221. Detail the amount spent on mental health and whether you have a dedicated mental health budget.
  • Response: There is a dedicated counselling budget and a separate mental health budget. Their total expenditure was as follows:
    • 2019-20 - counselling: £292,510.72; mental health: £132,067.41. In addition to this we spent £58,833.31 on mental health mentors where DSA wasn't available.
    • 2020-21 - counselling: £325,085.01; mental health: £161,416.64 - mentoring: £184,698.88
  • The two services also receive administrative support that is shared with the Disability and Dyslexia Service, and is costed outside of these budgets. These figures are for the College academic year rather than the specific dates listed.

2. Detail the amount of a) counsellors b) other clinical staff employed.

  • Response:
    • 9 June 2019-9 June 2020: four counsellors, one Deputy Service Manager and one Service Manager.
    • 10 June 2020-9 June 2021: Five counsellors, one Deputy Service Manage and one Service Manager.

3. Detail the a) median b) longest wait to see a counsellor.

  • Response: Average wait (working days)
    • Jun 2019: 18
    • Jul 2019: 15
    • Aug 2019: 9
    • Sep 2019: 61
    • Oct 2019: 8
    • Nov 2019: 13
    • Dec 2019: 21
    • Jan 2020: 25
    • Feb 2020: 20
    • Mar 2020: 18
    • Apr 2020: 27
    • May 2020: 25
    • Jun 2020: 8
    • Jul 2020: 9
    • Aug 2020: 13
    • Sep 2020: 7
    • Oct 2020: 5
    • Nov 2020: 8
    • Dec 2020: 12
    • Jan 2021: 15
    • Feb 2021: 13
    • Mar 2021: 15
    • Apr 2021: 20
    • May 2021: 17
    • Jun 2021: 16
  • Average wait (June 2019 to June 2020): 21 days
  • Average wait (June 2020 to June 2021): 12 days

4. Detail the number of students enrolled.

  • Response:
    • 2019-20 - 8,838
    • 2020-21 - 9,371
  • These figures refer to full-time equivalents. The actual number of individual enrolled students is closer to around 12,000.

5. Detail the number of students engaged with counselling.

  • Response:
    • 2019-20 - 463 students
    • 2020-21 - 445 students
2022-014Spam emails21/03/2022Please provide me with the total number of malicious emails blocked by your organisation over the last three calendar years (2021, 2020, 2019) broken down by year and categorised accordingly.
  • Response: This data is only retained for one calendar month. The data was provided in the form of a spreadsheet.
2022-034Procurement21/03/2022Your annual turnover or operating budget.

Your total procurement spend (inc VAT), including via Purchase Order/Invoice, Purchasing/Procurement Card, and Direct Debit.

Your total procurement/purchasing spend (inc VAT) with Amazon, and its major subsidiaries, including Amazon Web Services (please note that Amazon purchases may be listed under a range of merchant names [i.e. AMZNMKTPLACE, AMAZON MARKETPLACE] within purchasing/procurement card spend data).

  • Response: The data was provided in the form of a spreadsheet.

Please could you also answer the following questions:

Is your organisation or any part of it subscribed to Amazon Business?

  • Response: There are currently four active Amazon Business accounts associated with Birkbeck, University of London.

How much of the total spend with Amazon and its major subsidiaries (detailed above) is for the purchase of vouchers for gifting/award or other purposes?

  • Response: The data was provided in the form of a spreadsheet.
2022-036Student information21/03/20221. What are the names of Mr Wei-Chuan Shih's PhD viva examiners?
  • Response: Chu-joe Hsia (National Taiwan University) and Adam Gearey (Birkbeck)

2. When and where was the PhD viva held?

  • Response: 14 June 2018, at Birkbeck College

3. When did Mr Shih enter Birkbeck's MPhil/PhD programme? And what is the course length for Mr to earn his PhD?

  • Response: This is Mr Shih's personal data, and will not be disclosed.
2022-038Disabled students21/03/2022The number of students studying with the provider for each of the below academic years:
  • 2017-18
  • 2018-19
  • 2019-20
  • 2020-21

The number of disabled students studying with the provider for each of the below academic years:

  • 2017-18
  • 2018-19
  • 2019-20
  • 2020-21

If the provider can confirm whether it holds more specific data on how many students across the institution have specific disabilities (e.g. how many students studying with the provider have dyslexia).

The number of staff working for the provider for each of the below academic years:

  • 2017-18
  • 2018-19
  • 2019-20
  • 2020-21

The number of disabled staff working for the provider for each of the below academic years:

  • 2017-18
  • 2018-19
  • 2019-20
  • 2020-21

If the provider can confirm whether it holds more specific data on how many staff working across the institution have specific disabilities (e.g. how many members of staff working for the provider have dyslexia).

  • Response: The information you have requested is available on the HESA website.
2022-032Staff dismissal24/03/2022How many members of staff have been subject to a dismissal or summary dismissal for reasons of conduct by the university in each of the last five complete academic years (2016-17; 2017-18; 2018-19; 2019-20; 2020-21). Please include data for all staff. Where possible please also provide the reason for dismissal.
  • Response:
    • 2016-17 - 7
    • 2017-18 - 7
    • 2018-19 - 16
    • 2019-20 - 10
    • 2020-21 - less than 5
    • 2021-22 - less than 5
  • Please note that these numbers also include staff who have left for reasons of ill health. Due to the low numbers of staff involved, the College is not able to provide specific reasons for departure, as this risks identification.
2022-040Student demographics24/03/2022I would like to know the percentage of English, undergraduate, enrolled students, under the age of 25, since 2013-14 who are confirmed as care experienced, that do not meet the following criteria. Either:
  • a GCSE at grade C or above (4 in the new grading system) in both Maths and English
  • three A levels at C or above.

For the avoidance of doubt, only a failure to meet both conditions above should indicate that a student meets the criteria of this request.

Where possible, please disaggregate the information by academic year and provide the total student numbers used in the calculation. However, if disaggregation isn't possible please return the figures at any level of aggregation possible.

Please provide the same information, in the same format, for students who are not confirmed as care experienced (i.e. the general student population excluding confirmed care experienced students).

For the purposes of this query, students who are returned to HESA as Care Leaver 04 (UCAS identified care leaver) without any further verification should not be included in the care experienced population. Students identified as 04 and assessed as independent by Student Finance should be included in the care experienced population. Students identified as 04 and in receipt of a bursary for either care experienced or independent students should be included in the care experienced population. This list isn't exhaustive, any internal verification process is acceptable to include a student in the population.

  • Response: The answer to your query is that this data is not held. Birkbeck has historically served students from non-traditional pathways, who do not necessarily come directly from their A-Levels. For this reason, we do not have full records of GCSEs or A-Levels held. Birkbeck also does not verify care leaver status, or have care-leaver-specific bursaries.
2022-051Library facilities24/03/20221. Name and contact details of the Head of Library Services.
  • ResponseRobert Atkinson (r.atkinson@bbk.ac.uk)

2. Name and contact details of Estates and Facilities.

  • ResponseDaniel Xuereb (d.xuereb@bbk.ac.uk)

3. Capacity for students.

  • Response2997 square metres

4. The number of seats/study places.

  • Response522

5. The number of computer terminals.

  • Response134

6. The number of acoustic controlled pods/rooms/study areas?

  • Response: 8
2022-039College events25/03/20221. What risk assessment (if any) was conducted?
  • Response: The risk assessment was provided in the form of a PDF

2. What consideration (if any) was given to the need to foster good relations between persons of different ethnicities, nationalities and religions?

  • Response: This was provided in the form of a PDF.

3. What consideration (if any) was given to the need to eliminate harassment, victimisation and other conduct contrary to the Equality Act 2010.

  • Response: This was provided in the form of a PDF.

4. What was the outcome of any consideration of any of the above?

  • Response: This was provided in the form of a PDF.

5. What steps (if any) were taken to establish the accuracy of factual allegations to be made in the event on 5 March?

  • Response: This was provided in the form of a PDF.

6. Please provide copies of all correspondence, notes, minutes and other documents containing or recording the above.

  • Response: This was provided in the form of a PDF.

7. Please provide copies of your established policies as referred to in Professor Latchman's email below this by 12 noon on Monday 28/02/2022.

8. Please advise the names of the event panel and their contact details as well as provide minutes of the meetings in which they felt that this event complied with your free speech policies.

  • Response: The event panel was Katharine Bock: Deputy College Secretary Governance, Fraser Keir: Academic Registrar, and Anna Phillips: Deputy Director of Estates. Notes of this discussion are in the attached document.

9. Please let me have a copy of your free speech policies.

2022-050Researchfish25/03/20221. Do you have any commercial or financial relationship with Researchfish?
  • Response: No

If so, please provide (a) a summary of the services provided

  • Response: N/A

(b) the financial cost of the services provided

  • Response: N/A

2. Do you keep any records or place any obligations on your academics/departments to interact/cooperate with Researchfish?

  • Response: Yes

If so please provide (a) the obligations which you require your academics to fulfil

  • Response: Academics are required to comply with their funders' terms and conditions on reporting

(b) the type of information you keep on your academics or departments with regard to Researchfish

  • Response: A list of awards can be downloaded from Researchfish. No department information is held by Researchfish.

(c) a summary of the Researchfish completion rates by department

  • Response: 100% for response code 1 staff.
2022-007Student mental health services28/03/2022

1. Total cost of employed counsellors (named in the job title presented to students - not practitioner or adviser roles). This sum should include on costs such as pension etc.

  • Response:
    • 2018-19 - 295,527
    • 2019-20 - 302,270
    • 2020-21 - 320,212
    • 2021-22 - 290,092 (Budgeted)
  • Due to a change in financial system, data before 2018-19 is unavailable.

2. Cost spent by the institute on outsourced counselling provision (do not include web-based self-help such as Togetherall or Silvercloud). Also do not include services who are statutory provision which the institute does not pay for.

  • Response: Nil

3. The cost for mental health advisers, wellbeing advisers and mental health advisers (do not include those funded by DSA).

  • Response:
    • 2018-19 - £313,241 (Mental Health Service staff: £163,983 and Wellbeing Service staff: £149,258)
    • 2019-20 - £259,093 (Mental Health Service staff: £132,067 and Wellbeing Service staff: £127,026)
    • 2020-21 - £303,089 (Mental Health Service staff: £161,311 and Wellbeing Service staff: £141,779)
    • 2021-22 - £352,111 (Budgeted) (Mental Health Service staff: £182,806 and Wellbeing Service staff: £169,306).

4. Total number of students for academic year 2021-22.  Please break this down into undergraduate and postgraduate.

  • Response:
    • Undergraduate - 6,123
    • Postgraduate - 5,245

5. Basic undergraduate fee for a UK (Home) student.

  • Response: This information is available on the College's website.

6. Fee for an overseas/international student - if this is variable then include the range from-to.

  • Response: This information is available on the College's website.

7. Postgraduate fees - Masters level and PhD. level.  Include in this the charge for overseas and home students.

  • Response: This information is available on the College's website.

8. Total cost of staffing in your institute's marketing dept. This includes social media staff, alongside management etc.

  • Response:
    • 2018-19 - £1,379,623
    • 2019-20 - £1,156,076
    • 2020-21 - £1,339,354 (Budget)

10. Total number of students referred to outside mental health services such as IAPT.

  • Response: Nil

11. The percentage and number of students directed or referred into IAPT services (where present).

  • Response: Nil

12. The percentage and number of students directed or referred into third sector services (such as Mind or local charities).

  • Response: Nil