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Leave & Absence

The University is committed to developing work practices and policies which support employee development and work-life balance, as such various types of leave can be facilitated. It is also recognised however that during the course of employment individuals may occasionally be absent from work, therefore the University is committed to managing attendance to ensure that any disruption to the effective running of the University is minimised. In this section you will find the policies and documentation associated with leave and absence.

Please note, in the 'Training Courses' area on the right side of the page you will find links to online courses available through Blackboard, once selected, please log-in using your normal University username and password.  Information on further courses and development services can be found on the general Staff Development page.

Annual leave is an important part of the benefits package and for an employee provides one way of maintaining an appropriate balance between work and home life.  All annual leave requests are subject to line management approval which ensures that the period granted acknowledges the needs of both the individual and the University.  Further guidance is available in the following document, employee requests can be made by a hardcopy request card which can be provided by the line manager:

The University is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of all our employees and supporting them through periods of absence. We believe that high levels of attendance allow for delivery of a quality service to our students and effective operation of our organisation. The University’s Sickness Absence Policy is designed to provide guidelines that enable us to uphold these aims:

The support and development of employees is of paramount importance within the University. Study and Special Leave offers an opportunity for a period of uninterrupted study or involvement with a new or continually developing area of work. Applications under this procedure would need to be for periods of more than one month and up to one year, and the requestor would need to meet the eligibility criteria as detailed within the procedure (below). Applications for periods of less than one moth should be made under a Casual Leave request which is included in the ‘Other Leave’ section.

This provides forms and guidance for various forms of leave that may be granted to an employee, the circumstances that would apply and the necessary process for authorisation and administration. Included within this category is Jury Service and Leave to carry out Public Duties, Compassionate Leave, Doctor/Dentist and Hospital Appointments, Leave for Domestic Personal Reasons and Casual Leave:

It is a University stance that if an employee is due to leave the manager will meet with them face-to-face in order to understand more around the reason(s) for leaving.  This will allow the manager to identify areas for improvement within their area, which will continually improve the employee experience.  Exits interviews should be conducted using the following form: