Human Resources

Progression and reward

Birkbeck is committed to recognising and rewarding the contributions of its staff. The College’s reward and recognition framework recognises high performance across each staff group. Annual Academic Staff Review Panels consider applications for re-grading, discretionary increments, accelerated increments and other payments, as outlined below. The timetable and processes by which nominations and applications can be made are within the appropriate scheme (see schemes in the menu to the left).

Academic staff  Research staff Teaching and Scholarship (T&S) staff Professional and Support (P&S) staff
The College’s academic progression procedures consider performance in education and student experience, research/scholarship, leadership and management, and engagement. Academic staff can apply for promotion to progress to Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor. Academic staff may also apply to be considered for an increment in the same year. View membership of the academic staff review panels. The high performance of Research staff is recognised through Contribution-Related Pay (Exceptional performance is defined as a ‘contribution that, on a sustained basis, substantially exceeds that normally expected in an individual’s or team’s role’); and through application for Grading Review, to recognise fulfilment of higher levels of skill, educational attainment, contributions and output from the role holder. T&S Staff can apply for either of two categories of Contribution-Related Pay: Increments (accelerated or discretionary) or Bonus Payments (either individual or team). T&S staff can also apply for a Grading Review, as a responsive approach to maintaining appropriate grading that is robust, fair and transparent. The exceptional contribution of both teams and individuals within P&S staff is recognised and rewarded through two categories of Contribution-Related Pay: Additional or Discretionary Increments (accelerated or discretionary) or Bonus Payments (either individual or team).

In addition, Remuneration Committee normally meets once a year to consider pay arrangements for Professorial and Senior Professional Services staff.

Staff are informed of the relevant procedure and timelines for applications each year.

In exceptional circumstances when applications cannot wait for the appropriate panel, line managers are required to submit a business case to Human Resources. Contact your HR Business Partner for further information.

The equality and diversity statement of Birkbeck states that when decisions are made regarding progression and reward of employees, no regard will be given to that person’s age, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, except where the law allows.

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The HR team is based on the first floor of Egmont House
Postal address: Human Resources, Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX