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Flexible working

The flexible working options available for staff at the Univeristy and the procedure for applying to work flexibly.


Types of flexible working

Part-time working

If you work less than 36.5 hours per week, you work part-time. As a part-time member of staff you will suffer no detriment in terms of pay and conditions of employment or pension rights. Pay will be on a pro-rata basis and you will have the same access to training and development opportunities as full-time staff. Annual leave, public holidays and discretionary days are calculated on a pro-rata basis. 


This scheme allows you to have an element of flexibility over your working hours. It involves flexible start and finish times around ‘core working hours’ (when attendance is required) and within the limitations of the ‘bandwidth’ (the earliest and latest times between which hours can be worked).

Full details of flexi-time scheme.

Flexible retirement

Flexible retirement allows staff who are members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) or the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to take a proportion of their pension benefits with the University’s consent. While continuing to work on a reduced hours basis (referred to as a ‘flex’), you'll continue to build up pension benefits.

Full details on flexible retirement and how to apply.

Job sharing

This is a formal arrangement where two people voluntarily share duties and responsibilities of one full time post and the salary and benefits on a pro rata basis. Both people take joint responsibility for the whole job. 

Full details on job sharing and how to apply.   

Term-time only

Term-time working is where you work full or part-time hours based around school terms or University semesters, but have the right to take an unpaid leave of absence during the remainder of the year. This working pattern is only applicable to staff in the Management Specialist and Administration, Technical and Experimental and Operational and Facilities Support job families.

Annualised hours

Annualised hours is when you work more hours during certain periods of the year and less hours during other periods. The hours that you are contracted to work during different period of time are defined over a whole year as opposed to a week. The hours worked are not spread evenly throughout the year.

The basic salary will be paid in twelve equal parts based on the average number of weekly working hours calculated over the year.

Find out more about hybrid working.

Flexible working and leave policy.

Further guidance for managers on considering flexible working requests.

Flexible working request letter templates for managers.

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