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Human Resources

Human Resources is responsible for supporting the University through the delivery of a comprehensive HR service which develops and adopts relevant people management strategies, provides a range of professional support, information and expert advice consistent with employment legislation and best practice.

Even with all the information on our website, it may be that you still can't find the answer to something, or you don't even know where to begin, or you don't feel you can talk to someone face-to-face but would rather email first - then why not Ask humres?  This is an email service provided by Human Resources for employees needing advice on any aspect of employment within the University.  Employees can contact Human Resources with any query - large or small - and will receive a response within two working days.


If you have any comments or questions about our site or service, please send an email or contact us directly on 01334 463096.


Latest News

Voluntary Severance (including Early Retirement) Scheme

From time to time, individuals approach University Management seeking terms to leave the University’s employment.  This can be for a variety of reasons, often lifestyle, and where the University can deliver savings to recover more than the cost of such terms, or achieve other benefits, it may accept such a proposal. 

The University believes that there is an opportunity to combine the wishes and aspirations of some staff and those of the University to enable change to take place, by more openly offering a voluntary severance package for staff.  

Please be assured that the commencement of this Scheme is not linked to any compulsory redundancy plan of the University.     

The Voluntary Severance (including Early Retirement) Scheme (VSER) has been discussed with the recognised trade unions (UCU, UNITE, UNISON).  The Scheme will be open to any staff member with continuous service of more than one year.  Each case will be considered on its own merit and the University is willing to fund a package equivalent to up to 9 months’ gross salary (before tax)¹, which could be paid in the form of cash or investment in pension benefits (which could be linked to early retirement opportunities for individuals).  The payment for part time staff will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

Details of the Scheme can be found at Voluntary Severance (including Early Retirement) Scheme (PDF, 465 KB) 

¹ Please note that gross salary does not include employer costs 

Change to Workplace Pensions

New legislation relating to workplace pensions requires employers to automatically enrol specific groups of their workers into a pension scheme.  For the University, the date from which we need to implement auto enrolment is 1 July 2013.

If you are already an active member of one of the University’s pension schemes (USS, S&LAS, NERC) there will be no change for you as a result of auto enrolment.

More information on auto enrolment can be found on the auto enrolment page.

Annual Leave Changes

In order to align the beginning of the annual leave entitlement with the financial year and other planning processes, the University is changing the start date for the calculation of annual leave to 1st August.  This will take effect on 1st August 2013.  

Other information

Documents are provided in PDF and Word, to read PDF's a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded, also refer to webpages Adobe accessibility or Screen reading for visual impairments.


Human Resources

University of St Andrews
The Old Burgh School

Abbey Walk
St Andrews
KY16 9LB
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 463096
Fax:+44 (0)1334 462570


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