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Absence must be reported to your line manager by telephone during the first hour of your normal working day. For further information please see links below or contact Sharon Thompson on ext. 3584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The university has updated its Sickness Absence Policy and Procedure. The revised document incorporates legal requirements, ACAS guidance, best practice within the sector and university values. Should you have any queries regarding the document, please contact a member of the HR team.
Always report every incident, no matter how minor, and make sure an accident report form is filled in. Accident report forms are available from the link below. For further information, please contact the Specialist Services and Safety Manager, Graham Kearsley on ext. 3577 or email email@example.com.
Adoption leave gives eligible employees the right to take leave when a child is newly placed for adoption. For further information please see the link below.
Every Friday Inside UoB is issued with the aim of updating staff on news and events from around the university. If you wish to place an item please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Bolton holiday year runs from 1 September to 31 August.
All annual leave must be agreed locally between you and your line manager prior to leave being taken. Although it is a matter of local determination for line managers to define when employees in their area should avoid booking holidays, the university has identified specific periods where employees should avoid the booking of annual leave due to the possible need to redeploy staff to assist with frontline activities.
This statement sets out how the University of Bolton supports its employees who are reservists in the British Armed Forces and also ex-British Armed Forces personnel. The reserve forces include the Army Reserve, Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marine Reserve and Royal Auxiliary Air Force Reserves.
The university recognises the vital role that the armed forces play, the valuable contribution that reservists make to the national interest and the general community. It also values the transferable skills developed by employees who are reservists, skills that can be of benefit to the university.
The university will assist reservists as far as possible, for example, by taking into account unusual leave requirements or the need to amend working patterns.
UoB Employee Benefits gives employees access to a great range of discounts on travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, cinema tickets, days out, leisure activities and day to day spending. There is something for everyone with thousands of ways to save through the scheme whether you like to shop in-store or online.
To register visit: http://www.uobemployeebenefits.co.uk/ and click join now. You will need to enter your name and unique identifier which is your university employee number.
Further details are available from Sharon Thompson on ext. 3584 or email email@example.com.
A wide range of bus tickets are available via Arriva – flexi day and weekly tickets are available. As a university employee, you can benefit from savings of between 15 and 20 per cent on travel with Arriva.
Information and guidance regarding the University plans to re-open the campus is available here:
The Employee Return to Work Guide (as updated from time to time) can be accessed below
The Employee Reorientation Guidelines (Video) and the Employee Reorientation Questionnaire - hosted on Moodle - can be accessed via the following link.
Please also see: Email Etiquette and Working from Home available in the relevant section of this page
Your university Staff ID card gives you access to the university car parks. Car parking is on a first-come first-served basis.
A cash machine is located within Café Athena, by the side of the Cash Office.
Catering requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant catering form attached. These are available from Facilities. A minimum of 24 hours' notice must be given when requesting beverages, with a minimum of 48 hours when ordering food.
The Chaplaincy is a place where you will find a quiet room, a prayer room and a resource area, as well as chaplains and pastoral assistants from different traditions, faiths and world views. The Chaplaincy is located in the Chancellor’s Mall. For further information contact Coordinating Chaplain Dr Gill Smart on ext. 3415 or email email@example.com.
The university offers employees the opportunity to participate in a salary sacrifice scheme and purchase childcare vouchers via Sodexo Pass, giving employees’ savings on their tax and national insurance contributions. For further information please see the link below or contact Sharon Thompson on ext. 3584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information and registration: https://uk.childcare-vouchers.sodexo.com/.
A guide for parents is also available: How To Guide for Parents
The university closes during the week between Christmas and New Year. Professional staff are expected to save days from their annual leave entitlement to cover the shutdown period. Academic staff are given the Christmas/New Year closure as part of their entitlement.
Compassionate leave of up to five days (without loss of pay) is given on the death of an immediate family member – parent/guardian, brother/sister, child or spouse/partner/civil partner. Paid time off will also be granted to attend the funeral of other close relatives i.e. grandparents.
These guidelines have been developed to provide employees and students with information on the University of Bolton’s expectations regarding conflicts of interest and relationships, the associated dangers of and the reporting requirements. This document covers consensual relationships between employees and also between employees and students.
The Cycle to Work Scheme is a government initiative that allows you to save money on a bike and/or accessories up to £1,000 and spread the cost. There are three types of package available that are outlined below:
A ‘Cyclescheme Package’ includes a bike and accessory items
A ‘Bike Package’ if you only need a bike
An ‘Accessory Package’ for just accessories
All of these options offer tax savings of at least 25% while enabling you to spread the cost (usually over a 12 month period) and are available from over 2,000 retailers nationwide.
For further information please see the link below or contact Simon Booth on ext. 3503 or email email@example.com.
Employees cycling to work can also take advantage of university facilities to park their bike, shower and change. For further details, please see below:
The university has formal disciplinary and grievance procedures which have been agreed with the representative bodies. For further details please see the links below. Copies are also available from Human Resources.
Academic staff are allowed 5 days' discretionary leave, which is not part of the annual leave entitlement. Members of Professional staff may be granted reasonable discretionary days, at their line manager’s discretion, under exceptional circumstances.
Staff are not expected to make appointments during working hours. If it is unavoidable, time off work with pay to attend is normally given at the line manager’s discretion (time may have to be made up). Although appointments should be as early or as late during the working day as possible and notice should be given in advance to your line manager. If follow up treatment is required which can only be arranged during working hours, then time off with pay will normally be allowed.
Email is an expedient communication channel through which to send messages to colleagues at the University.
However, email has become increasingly burdensome, time consuming, less productive and less effective due to the very high volume of unnecessary and irrelevant emails staff receive daily. In many cases internal email is being used as the primary and sometimes only channel of communication; this is hindering the development of a collaborative and productive work environment that the University needs. The use of email as the default channel, is leading staff to adopt poor practices and behaviours. Therefore, the use of email for staff-to-staff communications, should be in line with the email policy enclosed within this document.
In the event of the sounding of the alarm, all persons should evacuate the building and seek out the nearest emergency meeting point. The alarm is always tested on a Monday morning at approximately 09:00.
The primary aims of the UoB Employee Forum are to ensure all employees across the institution feel that they have a voice on matters relating to their work at the university and that they understand the direction of the university through improved communication. The university will use the Forum to inform, communicate and consult on relevant matters.
This Forum will supplement but not replace other methods and channels of communication at the university. Matters that should be raised with line managers (such as individual grievances) will not be dealt with in the Forum.
The Employee Forum will be a self-standing body and is not formally part of the university governance structure and as such, it shall have no decision making powers.
Employee Assistance Provision (EAP) – Vivup
Vivup (formerly known as Amian) has been working with the university since 2011.
Vivup can assist employees with personal issues and a telephone helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days per year. Vivup provides completely confidential advice, support and information as well as telephone counselling and access to face to face counselling if required. The university will not be provided with the details of any staff who contact the service.
Employees can self-refer and any counselling that you may receive through this route general takes up to six sessions and will be paid for by the university. Counselling is provided in the Bolton area.
Vivup has also given employees access to several self-help booklets on subjects such as anxiety, bereavement and stress. These booklets can be located outside the HR Office (Z3-046) or can be viewed, downloaded or emailed using this link: https://www.vivup.co.uk/employer.
Contact details for Vivup:
The university offers emergency childcare provision for staff who may be in need of an emergency nursery place, childminder or nanny. It is an additional service, provided by Sodexo Pass, the childcare voucher provider.
The university is committed to equality of opportunity, the pursuit of diversity amongst its employees and student population and a supportive environment for all members of our community. This policy sets out the commitment of the university, its Board of Governors, Vice Chancellor and senior management to promote equality of opportunity and work to eliminate any unlawful or unfair discrimination and harassment in the workplace or at study.
The University of Bolton is a highly diverse organisation and here at Bolton we are committed to equality of opportunity and to an inclusive approach to equality, which supports all groups of society.
If you have external examining duties (for taught undergraduate or postgraduate programmes) at any other higher education institution(s) then you have an obligation to provide the university with the required information by visiting: https://www.bolton.ac.uk/Quality/EEE/ExternalExaminers/Taught.aspx. This will give the university an overview of such commitments and enable the provision of relevant support at institutional level and within your academic department.
The university offers free eye-screening for all staff who use display-screen equipment in the workplace, through Specsavers Opticians. Vouchers are available from Human Resources.
The University offers free eye-screening for all staff who use display-screen equipment in the workplace, through Specsavers Opticians. Vouchers are available from Human Resources on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fire Evacuation Procedure is available from our Specialist Services & Safety Manager, Graham Kearsley (ext. 3577, email: email@example.com).
Should first aid be required, you should either contact the Security Emergency number on ext. 666 or Main Reception (ext. 0).
A list of current first-aiders is available from the Specialist Services & Safety Manager, Graham Kearsley (ext. 3577, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or in Human Resources.
Employees who have a minimum of 26 weeks’ continuous service with the university have the right to request flexible working and have their request considered by their line manager. The relevant forms can be found via the links below.
Available exclusively to university and college employees, this scheme offers you and your family Private Healthcare Insurance. The scheme offers access to the eligible treatment when you need it and it is simple to join. Further details can be found below.
Every year, we send some of the information we hold about you to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Your HESA Staff Record does not contain your name or contact details but may contain your Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID.org) number if you have one. If you leave your current employment and move to another higher education provider we may pass your HESA Staff ID number to your new employer to enable research into employment in the higher education sector.
All uses of HESA information must comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).
From 25 May 2018, the DPA will be replaced by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). All uses of HESA information will comply with the GDPR from that date onwards.
Further details can be found here: https://www.hesa.ac.uk/about/regulation/data-protection/notices
Staff will receive time off work with pay to attend. If an employee receives treatment that necessitates further time off work, this will then be treated as sickness absence. Notice should be given in advance to your line manager.
Staff increment up the pay spine of a grade (where applicable) in August, is until the maximum of the grade is reached. Staff must have been in post at 1 February in order to benefit from the increment in August of the same year, otherwise, they will have to wait until the following August.
All new staff will undertake an induction process. The initial induction will take place at 09:00 on your first day of employment with the HR Administrators:
Simon Booth (ext. 3503, email: email@example.com)
Kerry Prescott (ext. 3574, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The university recognises that there may be exceptional occasions when employees choose to participate in industrial action. It has a formal policy for industrial action and a form for employees to use to declare their participation in any strike/action short of a strike. The policy provides relevant information in relation to how the university will respond to any form of industrial action and what is expected of employees.
Further information available on the IIP website.
The IST Service Desk provides ICT support for university staff (home or abroad), researchers, students and external customers. To ensure technical support for any meetings and/or interviews etc, please contact the IST Service Desk:
Internal: ext. 3444
External: 01204 903444
For further details with regards to pay, please contact the payroll section within the Finance Department on ext. 3188.
If you are a member of staff and require a key for your office, please ask your manager to contact Facilities Helpdesk. For access to meeting rooms, interview rooms etc, please contact the caretakers:
Deane: ext. 3123
Eagle: ext. 3529
The library aims to provide an academic information resource supporting the teaching, learning and research needs of the user community, in such a way as to achieve the highest professional standards in a cost-effective and user-friendly manner. The library issues your staff ID card, which gives you access to library services and car park barriers (where appropriate).
Full details and guidance regarding maternity leave are available from Human Resources. For further information, please see the links below.
Staff are not expected to make doctor/dental appointments during working hours. If appointments can only be made during work time, then time off with pay will normally be allowed, though appointments should be as early or as late during the working day as possible.
A secure web-based application which allows employees of the University of Bolton to access, review and update personal information that is held within the university’s HR & Payroll system (iTrent). Using myHR you will be able to update details such as a change in address, as well as view and print your payslips. For further information and guidance visit myHR.
We are partnering with an external company called BookBoon to allow staff access to 1000s of e-books and audio resources to support your professional development, including topics such as working from home, resilience and leadership development. This is for a fixed period from now until 31 July 2020.
The content can be accessed from any device. To see the range of content, please click here.
Overtime is not payable to staff on AC1/Grade 6 or above. For staff graded 5 or below, hours in excess of 36.25 is paid at time-and-a-half (or double-time on a Sunday). Time in lieu may be agreed as an alternative to payment for overtime hours worked. All overtime/time in lieu needs to be agreed locally with your line manager.
Fathers are entitled to two weeks off work after the birth of a child. The first week is paid on the basis of the employee's weekly salary; the second week is paid on the basis of Statutory Paternity Pay. If you are having the full two weeks off, they must be continuous.
There is an annual pay award (cost of living) review each August.
The university has a Performance Review policy and processes that apply to Academic and Professional Support Employees. For further information, please follow the link below or contact Human Resources.
Employees are automatically enrolled into a pension scheme (the scheme depends on your current role and previous provider). Full details for new starters are included in the appointment pack and are also available for all staff from Human Resources. For further details please see the links below or contact the Pensions Officer, Martin Evans on ext. 3575 for further details.
The university has a Performance Improvement Plan which has been agreed by the representative bodies. A copy of the plan is available from Human Resources.
Academic employees at the University of Bolton are expected to hold a PhD/Professional Doctorate. The policy below sets out the requirements and support available in cases where an employee has not completed his/her PhD/Professional Doctorate.
The Print & Post Service is located to the side of the Services and Administration Centre. All post should be in the post room by 14:00. Any large scale mail shots should be there earlier. Please contact the Print & Post Service for further advice on ext. 3528. Photocopying and printing is available from any machine in the university, accessed by a staff ID card.
All appointments are subject to satisfactorily completing a probationary period. The length of the probationary period is dependent on your grade and status (e.g. academic posts are normally 12 months, professional posts are normally 6 months). The university has the right to extend a probationary period if deemed appropriate.
For further information please your HR Administrator:
The aim of this policy is to state the University of Bolton’s approach towards employing people who have criminal convictions.
The university is committed to equality of opportunity for all job applicants and aims to select people for employment on the basis of their individual skills, abilities, experience and knowledge and where appropriate, qualifications and training.
As a good employer the university recognises its social responsibilities and its position within the local community and appreciates the important role that continuity of employment can play in the rehabilitation process of ex-offenders when matched with appropriate posts.
The university will therefore consider ex-offenders for employment on their individual merits. The university’s approach towards employing ex-offenders differs, however, depending on whether the job is or is not exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Framework for dealing with the redundancy and redeployment of staff.
Refreshments are available at the Eagle Bistro, Café Athena and Deane Deli. There is a licensed bar within the Student Union (food is also available). A shop selling stationery, basic food and drink and other essentials, is located by the side of Café Athena. There are also a number of vending machines located throughout the university.
The university aims to recruit the most talented individuals in key posts in order to support Bolton’s strategic agenda of being a platinum, teaching-intensive and research-informed HEI. This policy is intended to support this aim by providing assistance to senior employees who have to relocate to take up a position.
Statement on Vice-Chancellor pay
Occasional room bookings can be made via CELCAT.
If you need to cancel a room booking, please email booking-HD@bolton.ac.uk with the relevant information: name, service/faculty, date/time and room.
For access to meeting rooms, interview rooms etc, please contact the caretakers on:
Deane: ext. 3123
Eagle: ext. 3529
The vast majority of international working trips are safe. However, they can be made safer by observing a few simple precautions that are laid out in the information below. In the unlikely event you do have health problems, are injured or the victim of a crime whilst you are abroad, you need to know what to do to alleviate and minimise the effects.
Prior to first travelling abroad for work, all employees are required to attend a Safe Travel Induction.
Forms and other documents for your trip:
Salaries are paid on the 18th of the month for professional staff (if the 18th falls on a weekend, payment will be made on the Friday).
Academic staff are paid on the fourth Wednesday of the month (this is normally brought forward in December for payment before Christmas). For further information see the links below. For specific queries relating to payroll matters/tax, please contact Payroll.
Salary Scales | Payroll Deadlines | Bank Nomination Form | Variable Hours Tutor – Claim for Fees (F9) | Temporary Supply – Monthly Payment Form | Academic Staff Monthly Claim for Additional Payments | Professional Staff Monthly Claim for Additional Payments | HMRC Form
The University of Bolton has teamed up with Northern to offer employees the opportunity to purchase an annual season ticket for rail travel.
The university will purchase the ticket on your behalf and you then pay the money back through monthly deductions from your salary.
An around-the-clock security service is in operation at the university. Whilst security is provided on a sub-contracted basis, responsibility for the service is managed by the Facilities Service. The Security Control Room (based in the Services & Administration Centre) can be contacted on ext. 3700. For emergencies, please telephone ext. 666.
Smoking on campus is allowed, provided it is outdoors and away from doors and windows. Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings and around their entrances and open windows.
This policy applies to all staff, including sessional staff, student staff, casual and temporary staff, and is intended to cover all social media activities which directly or indirectly identifies or discusses the university and/or its staff and students. This policy applies to all professional and personal social media communications made at any time, whether privately or publicly and from anywhere including off campus on personal devices or on campus using university devices and/or network.
Paid leave is available when undertaking public duties e.g. Jury Service. For further details, see the link below or contact Human Resources.
Staff, students and the wider community are welcomed and encouraged to use the Bolton Sport & Recreation Service. Full details regarding activities, opening times etc are available from the Sports Services. Details of new classes etc are also posted in the weekly Inside UoB newsletter.
The Sports and Spinal Injury Clinic at the University of Bolton is a physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation clinic that is open to everyone. For further information, please see the link below:
For employees wishing to pursue an academic qualification/or course of study at any establishment within the group, employees are eligible to participate in a Fee Waiver position or apply for apprenticeship levy funding.
Please see our Staff Teaching Enhancement Programme (STEP) for further information regarding continuous professional development (CPD) for academic staff.
You should be issued with your university staff ID card during your induction on your first day with the university. The staff ID card will give you access to all library services and access to the university car parks (where appropriate). If you lose your staff ID card, please visit the library help desk to be re-issued with a card (there is generally a fee for this).
It is expected that going forward Schools and Services will determine their workforce requirements through effective workforce planning (to include any changes to the number of posts, grades, FTE) on an annual basis as part of the University Local Planning process.
However, the university recognises that it will need an efficient process to consider ad-hoc requests to respond to resignations or changes in business needs that were not foreseen as part of the Local Plan.
The Staffing Committee will consider such ad-hoc requests. The Committee will oversee the intelligent shaping of the university and ensure that the workforce in our Schools and Services is of the right size, has the right skills, is structured effectively, is affordable, is organised and resources are fully and appropriately utilised.
This policy is intended to act as a framework to ensure that the relationship between colleagues and the University of Bolton operates effectively for the benefit of all. It is intended to give a basic understanding of work-related stress, how to tackle it and our respective responsibilities.
The policy also aims to make clear the actions required when faced with evidence of work-related stress.
For the 2019/20 entry year, the University of Bolton is offering employees a benefit to those who actively recommend and refer family members to be new students on a university-taught degree programme.
Under this scheme, the student will receive a fee reduction of 20% per year.
Paid study leave is available when undertaking staff development courses if authorised by your line manager. For further details please contact your HR Business Partner.
The UoB Talent & Succession Planning Process supplements and is a natural progression to our Performance Review process. It has been developed and implemented as a simple yet structured and fair process to enable the identification and development of future managers as well as individuals to fill other business-critical positions.
For more details please see the links below or contact your HR Business Partner.
A new system of team briefing for all staff has been formally introduced at The University of Bolton called “TeamTalk”. The following documents below contain everything you need to fully engage in the team briefing process. This TeamTalk briefing should supplement and not replace other forms of effective formal and informal communication methods.
Your faculty/service should arrange to set up your telephone extension prior to your start date. Getting to grips with the internal telephone system, as well as IST, should be part of your local induction.
Payable in excess of 36.25 hours at 1.5 hours for every extra hour worked. Time in lieu must be approved in advance with your line manager. The taking of accrued time in lieu must also be approved in advance with your line manager.
Toilets are located throughout the university for staff, students and visitors. Your nearest toilets will be shown to you during your local induction.
The university recognises for the purposes of collective bargaining, the following Trade Unions as having bargaining rights in respect of all employees of the university: Unison (professional support staff in roles graded at 1 to 5) and UCU (professional support staff in roles graded 6 to 10 plus academic staff).
UCU: email@example.com (Local representative: Martin McAreavey)
Everyday medical expenses seem to forever be on the rise. With Healthcare Cash Plans, contributions made via payroll can help you with a whole range of everyday medical expenses.
As an employer, the University of Bolton has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal migrants working in the UK. The university is an A-Rated sponsor licence holder under the Points Based System (PBS) with the UKVI and must comply with strict Home Office requirements in order to retain this licence to sponsor international talent. For detailed guidance on employing staff who require a Certificate of Sponsorship please see the link below:
In unexpected circumstances where staff have exhausted their annual leave entitlement, staff are entitled to request unpaid leave. It is at the line manager’s discretion whether to recommend that approval for unpaid leave is granted by Human Resources. Please note that this may have an impact on your pension. For further information please contact the Pensions Officer Martin Evans on ext. 3575.
In order to gain access to the computer network, you need to have a user ID and password. This should be set up on your first day as part of your induction. It can take a day or so for the account to be fully up and running. If you forget your user ID/password, please contact the IST helpdesk on ext. 3444.
All new vacancies are available to all staff via a vacancies bulletin which is sent out (as appropriate) by Human Resources. For further information, please see the links below:
Request to Fill a Vacancy | Vacancies | FAQ | Policy | Application Form | Equal Opportunities Form | Guidance Notes | Interview Expenses | Interview Information | Accommodation | Visitors Guide | Confidential Record
To request a visitors car parking space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a car parking permit.
The University of Bolton is committed to the well being of its employees. The university’s occupational health policy promotes and maintains the physical, mental and social well-being of all staff. A number of health and well-being initiatives are in place. For further details, please see the links below:
Sports Service Information & Contacts | Sports & Spinal Injuries Clinic | UK Healthcare | Flexible Working | Eyecare Voucher Scheme | Employee Assistant Helpline/Information | Childcare Voucher Information | Cyclescheme Information
Staff and students can have free wireless access network access on campus – and around town! Anyone with a wireless capable laptop or Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) can register by picking up a voucher from the library.
Working from home guidelines and Health & Safety checklist