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Terms and conditions: Academic (excluding Professors)

Understand the terms and conditions for academic staff (excluding professors)


Salaries are specified in the advertisement for the post. Where applicable, annual increments in a scale are payable on 1st April subject to six months service and satisfactory performance. Salary scales are currently subject to annual review with effect from 1st August each year. Salaries are normally paid monthly on the 25th of each month by credit transfer to a bank or building society account.

Hours of work

No fixed hours of work are specified for academic staff. Because of the nature of their work, academic staff are considered to be exempt from the provisions of the Working Time Regulations 1998 governing maximum weekly working hours

Place of work

Your normal place of work is the University premises in Bath. However, you may be required to work on either a temporary or permanent basis at any other University of Bath premises, or at any other location at which the University provides services. Wherever possible we will discuss any change with you, and endeavour to give you reasonable notice of any such change.

Annual leave

For full-time staff there are 26 days of annual leave, plus the (eight) Bank Holidays, and a further five days when the University is closed. Three of these days normally fall at Christmas, when the University is closed for normal business from Christmas Eve until the New Year. Entitlements for part-time staff are calculated on a proportional basis.

Sick leave

Subject to compliance with the Sickness Absence Policy an employee absent from duty owing to illness shall be entitled to receive an allowance in accordance with the following scales

Full pay Half Pay
First 6 months service 2 weeks 2 weeks
6-12 months of service 1 month 1 month
After 12 months of service 6 months 3 months


Staff may join Pension Plus Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), for which the employee’s current contribution is 8% of salary, whilst the University contributes a significantly higher amount.

Probation (Lecturer appointments only)

The first three years of Lecturer appointments are probationary. During probation, progress on research and teaching is reviewed annually by the Academic Staff Committee

A Lecturer who can provide documentary evidence of either the successful completion of probation of a comparable nature in a comparable institution or of having gained equivalent experience may, at the university's discretion, be granted exemption from the requirement to undertake probationary service. Claims for exemption from probation must be made initially to the Head of Learning & Teaching.

All probationary lecturers are required, as a condition of their probation, to successfully complete the Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice (known as the 'Bath Course') which is run by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office. Claims for exemption from the requirement to complete the Bath Course must be made to the Course Director. Until a decision has been made on any claim for exemption, Lecturers on probation are registered on the Bath Course.

Notice period

Notice may be given at fixed points in the year- 3 months notice expiring on the last day of a semester or on 31 August. Notice should be in writing and addressed to the Director of Human Resources.

Relocation expenses

The University offers assistance with relocation expenses for those who have to move to the vicinity of Bath. Expenses are approved according to circumstances. If all criteria are met, the total amount claimable will be up to £1,500, or the equivalent of one month's gross salary of the newly appointed member of staff, whichever is the greater.

For newly appointed non-EEA staff who require permission to work in the UK and are relocating from outside of the UK, the equivalent of one month's gross salary (at the time of taking up the appointment) or up to £5,000, whichever is the greater, will be reimbursed towards the cost of their relocation expenses, including visa application fees.

Health and medical matters

Appointments are offered subject to the University receiving a satisfactory report on your health from the University’s Occupational Health Department. This is normally undertaken on the basis of a review of a confidential medical questionnaire.

Trade union

You have the right to belong to any Trade Union of your choice, but it is not a condition of employment that you must become a member of a Trade Union. UCU is the recognised trade union for staff in grades 6-9.