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.
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Voluntary Severance (including Early Retirement) Scheme Extended
The University launched a Voluntary Severance Scheme in April 2014 with a closing date of 31 July 2014. The purpose of the scheme was to provide staff with the opportunity to seek terms to leave the University’s employment with a voluntary severance package, where the University could deliver savings to recover more than the cost of the package or achieve other benefits.
Due to the interest in the Scheme, the Office of the Principal has agreed for it to remain open until 31 January 2015. The Scheme remains unchanged and is 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, 186 KB)
¹ Please note that gross salary does not include employer costs
Christmas Closure 2014The University will be closed from 5.00 pm on Wednesday 24 December 2014 until 9.00 am on Monday 5 January 2015. Statutory holidays for staff are 25 and 26 December 2014 and 1 and 2 January 2015. Staff will, as normal, be required, unless local arrangements are in force, to take the intervening working days (29, 30 and 31 December) as part of their annual leave entitlement. Details regarding specific closure arrangements can be found at:- Christmas Closure 2014 (PDF, 263 KB).
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.
Please note that part time staff are entitled to the pro rata equivalent of the 5 statutory days recognised by the University.