Sabbatical leave normally runs for a period of six months, either from 1 February to 31 July or from 1 August to 31 January, or exceptionally over 12 months. Shorter research leave arrangements can be agreed at the discretion of the Head of Department.
The scheme is open to academic staff (lecturers, senior lecturers, readers, professors) who are on permanent contracts and have three years' of continuous service at the sabbatical's start date. The qualifying period normally begins after the completion of probation.
Entitlement to sabbatical leave is not automatic, but is based on the merits of the proposal and the strategic needs of the University, Faculty and Department.
Up to 25 awards of six month leave periods are available each academic year. If there are no applications of sufficient quality in a particular Faculty or School, no sabbatical will be awarded.
The average success rate for awards since October 2011 is 71%.