You should only submit a formal request under this procedure if needed. Most staff are able to negotiate time to complete training without using the formal procedure.
How to apply
Requests must be made in writing (email or hardcopy) to your Head of Department, copied to your line manager (if different) and the Department of Human Resources.
Applications must contain all of the following information:
- a statement that the application is an 'application under section 63D Employment Rights Act 1996'
- the subject matter of the proposed training or study
- where and when the proposed training or study would take place
- who would provide or supervise it
- what qualification it would lead to (if any)
- how you think the proposed training or study would improve your effectiveness in your job and the performance of the University
- the date of the application
- the date and method − such as email or letter − that your last application (if any) was submitted
You can submit a request in any written form you choose as long as it contains this information or you may find it helpful to use the template.
Considering your request
Within 28 days of receiving your request, your Head of Department or their nominated representative will either:
- accept your request
- inform you that the request is valid but that they need further information to make a reasonable decision
- meet with you to discuss your request
- inform you that they do not consider the request to be valid because it does not contain all the required information
Appealing a decision
You may challenge the University’s decision on any grounds, so long as you do it in writing within 14 days of receiving the written notice, to the person to whom you submitted the original request.