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Planning and Business Systems

As a department of Birkbeck's Professional Services, we provide a College-wide support service for corporate planning, process review, support and development of the student records system and related services, and provision of management information. 

Our structure

We comprise:

  • the Birkbeck Student Information System (BSIS) team
  • the Planning and Management Information team (PMIT)
  • policy and lobbying, and influencing

Birkbeck Student Information System (BSIS) Team: responsibilities

  • Develop and support the college student records system (BSIS) and associated systems and student services (eg the Teaching Resource Manager (TRM), E-admissions, online enrolment and payment).
  • Optimise and review student-related business processes. 
  • Provide staff training on BSIS and related processes.

The Planning and Management Information Team (PMIT): responsibilities

  • Manage and facilitate annual budget setting, including organisation of activities, staff training, and provision of supporting IT and management information.
  • Facilitate corporate planning by:
    • leading and facilitating evidence-based strategic thinking and planning in the college, and producing relevant management information, KPIs and modelling to inform this
    • putting structures in place for corporate planning.
  • Provide student statutory returns, including HESA, HESES, KIS and the OFFA Agreement.
  • Provide student-related management information and integrated reporting across all key college systems.
  • Provide analysis and visualisation of Birkbeck management information and in a sector-wide context (eg NSS, UK-wide student numbers).

Policy and lobbying, and influencing: responsibilities

  • Ensure that Birkbeck management and staff are appropriately informed of policy developments in government and in the higher education sector.
  • Ensure that Birkbeck’s voice is heard in the formation of government policy, and in higher education policy debate more generally.
  • Seek to influence the development of policy in Birkbeck’s interests.