Human Resources

Flexible Working Request Appeal Procedure

This appeal procedure relates to the Flexible Working Request procedure.

How do I appeal?

If you wish to appeal a decision made under the Flexible Working procedure you should complete the Flexible Working Appeal Form and send it to the Director of Human Resources within 14 calendar days of the refusal notification.

Who will hear the appeal?

The appeal will normally be heard by the Head of Department/Head of Professional Service (or his/her nominee who should be senior to the manager who made the decision being appealed), within 4 weeks of receipt of the appeal form, unless otherwise agreed between the parties, and within 3 months of receiving the original request for flexible working unless an extension is agreed with the member of staff.

Can I be accompanied at the appeal?

You may be represented or accompanied by a trade union representative or work colleague at the appeal meeting.

Flexible retirement appeals (LGPS)

In the event of the application not being supported by the Head of Department/Head of Professional Services, a right of appeal exists under the Local Government Pension Scheme Internal Dispute Resolution Procedure (IDPR). For the purpose of the IDPR, the person nominated by the University to hear the appeal is the Director of Human Resources. Details can be found on the Avon Pension Fund website.

Flexible retirement appeals (USS)

If an application for flexible retirement is not supported by the Dean/Head of Professional Services, an appeal against a refusal to grant a flexible retirement request will be heard by either the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, or a Pro-Vice-Chancellor or the University Secretary advised by the Director of Human Resources or his/her Deputy.