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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

Retirement Policy Consultation Process

In November, the University commenced consultation on the proposal to introduce an Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) in line with State Pension Age. 

Retirement Consultation Proposal (Word, 20 KB)

Following feedback from one of the focus groups held, it was suggested that the consultation process remain open for a further period and a reminder issued to all employees. 

If you have not already done so and wish to respond to the consultation, please email with your responses to the following by Friday 28 March 2014:

  1. Are you in favour of the University adopting a default retirement age?  Yes/No Why?
  2. Are you in favour of the default retirement age applying to all employees? Yes/No Why?
  3. Are you in favour of a default retirement age in line with the State Pension Age? Yes/No
  4. Do you have any other comments on the proposal?

Please note that all responses are treated in the strictest confidence.

Strike Action - January and February 2014

The University has been notified by UCU that its members in St Andrews will be taking further industrial action in support of its dispute with the national pay offer for 2013.  This will take the form of a two hour strike as follows:

  • Thursday 23 January, 11 am – 1 pm
  • Tuesday 28 January, 2 pm – 4 pm
  • Monday 10 February, 9 am – 11 am  

In addition to these two hour strikes, we have been notified by UCU, UNISON and UNITE that its members in St Andrews will be asked to support a third day of strike action on Thursday 6 February 2014.

Strike Action - FAQ (PDF, 195 KB)

If you have any queries, please contact Human Resources on ext 3096 or email

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


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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