Your working life
The University aims to create a supportive and pleasant working environment. We offer blended and flexible working to employees and provide support for any international travel required for work. We also provide access to a counselling service for our employees and their immediate families.
We recognise that there may be a need for some of our staff to work over and above their normal contractual weekly hours to carry out specific projects or work during busy times. Normally this will be addressed through the application of the time off in lieu (TOIL) policy. Occasionally it may be more appropriate to reward additional hours worked with an overtime payment instead of TOIL, for those on grade L05 and below.
We strive to create an environment where people feel empowered to work where they can best deliver the impact required in their role, and therefore offer blended working in many roles.
We strive to create an environment where people feel empowered to work when they can best deliver the impact required in their role, and therefore offer flexible working arrangements in many roles. This is particularly useful for working parents.
Time off in lieu
We recognise that the nature of our work means that on occasions staff will be needed to work outside recognised working hours due to specific circumstances e.g. supporting a specific event. On these occasions, we offer time off in lieu (TOIL) as agreed with your line manager.
Where staff are required to be available to work, to respond effectively to threats posed to the continued operation of business, risk to health and safety or the environment, impact the student experience or cause reputational damage, they will be recompensed where this entails working unsocial hours.
Should you be required to work outside of the UK, due to the nature of your work, or for personal reasons, the University will support you to do this as safely and compliantly as possible.
Report & Support
If our staff or students need to report an incident of harassment or abuse, they need to know that their report will be dealt with sensitively, and by someone with the authority to act. All reports will be treated impartially, with the appropriate level of investigation.
The University recognises three trade unions for collective bargaining and consultation for all staff; UCU, UNISON and UNITE. The unions also advise, support and represent their members in relation to individual matters.