new work-life balance policy that introduces
an unpaid career break of up to three years
and the possibility for all staff to work
flexibly has been ratified by the University.
There are also updated and more flexible maternity,
paternity, parental and adoption arrangements.
career break policy recognises that some staff
may need to take a break from work during
their career and will give an unpaid period
of a minimum of three months up to a maximum
of three years subject to agreement by the
head of school/service. On return, staff are
guaranteed a comparable post at the same level
to the one they held before the break.
staff can now apply to work flexibly to gain
a better balance between work and home commitments.
The policy outlines a number of options but
recognises that not all arrangements are suitable
for everyone and that no one has the automatic
right to work in this way.
Mortimer Pine, deputy director of HR, said:
“The University invests heavily in staff
development and training. It is important
that we have policies in place to retain our
highly trained and skilled members of staff
by providing a supportive and flexible working
the work life balance policy document
Departments working towards the Investors
In People standard can get increased help
from the Staff and Departmental Development
Unit. SDDU offers diagnosis, support in implementation
and assessment support.