- The scheme is open to staff in grades 2 to 9, senior staff (ALC6) and professors
- You must not be subject to any form of performance monitoring under the capability procedure or sickness absence policy, nor have received a disciplinary warning
- You must be employed by the University at time of payment
Recognising Excellence Awards
Discover more about our Recognising Excellence scheme and nominate someone for an award.
Recognising Excellence (RE) awards are one-off payments or team events/activities that are awarded at department, faculty or school level. The awards recognise employees who have demonstrated valued contributions or achievements throughout a 12 month period. The scheme runs twice a year and is launched at six monthly intervals, with payments usually made in December and June (although events can happen throughout the year, up to 31 July).
The current RE scheme will review the period 1 August 2022 to 31 July 2023.
Please consider if the person you are nominating has:
- continuously exhibited excellent behaviours or attitudes
- provided excellent customer service
- contributed to process improvement
- enhanced the student experience
- demonstrated the University's values in their work and behaviours
- delivered or achieved an excellent piece of work or project
- consider the effort contributed towards a piece of work or project, not just a final outcome
A team can be nominated for an award where a group of individuals have demonstrated significant contributions or sustained success. A team submission would need each individual to demonstrate significant contributions and sustained excellence through their own role, within the team.
If the team receives an RE award payment, the amount needs to be split so that each person is paid in line with the award amounts, per person (award amounts are detailed in the 'Award amounts' section).
For example, a team of six could receive a £1,500 award (receiving £250 each). Or a team of five could receive £500 team award, receiving £100 per person.
We are happy for departments to use discretion on how to use some of their budget to fund team events or initiatives to recognise the collective contributions of teams.
Please note, these amounts are given in gross pay. They are subject to the usual tax and national insurance deductions and will not be paid pro-rated.
|27 September||Spreadsheets with all eligible employees in the departments to be shared with Heads of Department. HODs to communicate the scheme to all eligible staff|
|28 September||RE Awards launched|
|20 November||RE Awards close (however, please adhere to any timings set by your department)|
|1 December||Heads of Department to update their spreadsheet in SharePoint to reflect final recipients of the award and send confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org|
|6 December||Payroll to take final recipient data from SharePoint and process for payment|
|From 8 December||Heads of Department to notify successful employees|
|21 December||RE payment included in December payslip|
When the nominations open, your Head of Department (HOD) (this includes Directors of Administration or Technical Services where applicable) will let you know the process to follow and the timescales.
You'll need to complete a nomination form and download the guidance for staff and advice on writing a nomination.
Locally, departments facilitate decision-making and it is at the discretion of the HOD or panel to approve and award the amount they believe is most suited to the nomination.