The work of Birkbeck Students' Union is shaped by its members (that's you!) through the feedback you give us both online & in person through the various forums & council meetings we hold throughout the year. Policy is primarily the result of motions submitted to Student Council & is agreed by your elected representatives, many of whom hold officer portfolios & head up the relevant campaigns.


The union is "led" by the Sabbatical Officers and the Executive Committee who are the working group the Union. The Union as a whole is directed, managed and governed by the Trustee Board, who delegate the day to day duties to the staff team. Uniquely, students' unions are bodies corporate, membership organisations, employers and also charities where the primary beneficiaries are the members (as students of the College).

Staff Team

BBKSU staff are employed by the Trustees on behalf of the Union, and as such are accountable through the line management structure to the Trustees. Their role is to provide professional support to deliver the work and strategy of the Union. If it helps, imagine that the staff are, in a way, the civil service branch of the Union, supporting the work of the elected representatives.

Student Engagament Manager: Jo Fried is the staff member who looks after diverse projects, novel ways of engaging students, employability and enterprise work, research and has a wide knowledge of Parliamentary work, liberation and political campaigning and third sector contacts.

Advice Centre Manager: Simon Upton is our Advice Centre Manager and looks after one of the core services the Union provides for students at Birkbeck - the all important advice and support - when things are going well as well as when things are getting a bit too much. 

Support Staff: Uttiya Bhattacharya is our Front of House Co-ordinator as well as the primary receptionist and administrative support officer for the Union. Kevin Lau is our student engagement assistant.

SU Turn Around Team

In 2015/16 BBKSU engaged the NUS Support Unit to perform a complete diagnostic of our services & procedures so we could grow to meet the changing needs of our evolving membership. At their suggestion the Trustee board formed a working group comprised of both SU (Alex Brinker, Dave Parry & Hana Faber) & college (Frasier Keir - Academic Registrar, Katherine Bock - Secretary to college Govenors, Keith Willet - Manager of Finance) representatives. The turn around team is chaired by Ben Ward (CEO Manchester SU) & supported by Al Powell from NUS. Mark Grayling as an expert consultant has been executing the work of the turn around process.