Working at the University

The terms and conditions of employment for University staff are set out in your contract of employment (sometimes referred to as a letter of appointment). The specific terms and conditions will vary depending on your grade and the purpose and source of funding for your role.

Academic posts

There are three main categories of academic post at the University: associate professorships, full professorships, and readerships. The majority of these academic posts have a formal association with a college.

Employment information for academic staff can be found on the Personnel Services website. Details of the rates of pay for University academic posts can be found on the salary scales page of the Finance Division’s website.

Academic-related staff

Those on grades 6-10 are defined as academic-related staff. They include researchers, library and museum staff, IT staff, and senior administrative staff.

Employment information for these grades can be found in the handbook for academic-related staff. Details of the rates of pay for these grades can be found on the salary scales page of the Finance Division’s website.

Support staff

Those on grades 1-5 are defined as support staff. They include administrative and clerical staff, and staff working in operational services, such as maintenance and catering.

Employment information for these grades can be found in the handbook for support staff. Details of the rates of pay for these grades can be found on the salary scales page of the Finance Division’s website.

Further information

All new members of staff are required to familiarise themselves with the University Statement of Health and Safety Policy and the University’s health and safety policy statements.

Each department also has its own safety rules and procedures to be followed in the case of fire, accident or emergency. Please contact your departmental administrator for details and ensure that you are familiar with your local procedures.

The University has an Occupational Health Service, which is available to help with work-related health issues or with personal difficulties which impact on work. The service may be used by any member of University staff wishing to seek help beyond that normally available through their department.

The Equality & Diversity Unit provides practical support and advice to staff with a disability. The Unit also runs the harassment advisors' network and works to promote awareness of equality and diversity issues among all members of the collegiate University.

 Further information

The University has a number of consultative committees with staff representatives to ensure that staff are briefed on any changes occurring in the University and to consult over any proposed changes to terms and conditions.

Matters relating to the terms and conditions of employment of academic and academic-related staff are discussed at the Joint Committee with the UCU (University and College Union).

Matters relating to the terms and conditions of employment of support staff are discussed at the Joint Committee for University Support Staff.

The Equality and Staff Networks provide a channel for information on equality and diversity at the University and can act as a mechanism for consultation on policy and practice.

Professional development opportunities for members of staff are provided by various departments of the University. These include:

  • The People and Organisational Development team offers face to face and online learning on leadership and management and personal effectiveness for all staff in the University.

  • The Centre for Teaching and Learning offers a range of courses, support and services for all those who teach at the University.

  • IT Services, which runs a programme of IT training courses and offers advice about using educational technology, such as digital whiteboards.

  • The Language Centre, which provides courses and resources for staff who need foreign languages for their research, work or personal development.

  • The Careers Service, which provides careers information for research staff. The service, which is free, consists of career discussions, career development workshops, and access to resources and information.

Further information

 
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