Annual Leave

Annual Leave

The annual leave year runs from 1 September in any one year, to 31 August of the following year.

All leave must be booked and agreed in advance, using the appropriate recording method within your department.

The leave allowance will in most cases be taken during this period, however there may be special circumstances when this is not practical.

Colleagues who have taken periods of time away due to maternity/adoption leave, unpaid leave, sickness absence etc should contact the HR Department, via their Head of Service/Institute, for advice about leave entitlement.

Colleagues may carry forward up to 5 days annual leave entitlement (pro rata for part time staff) from one leave year to the next, this must be agreed in advance with your line manager.

In exceptional circumstances, individual employees may apply, in writing to their Head of Service/Institute, for consideration of more than 5 days (or the pro rata equivalent for part time staff) being carried forward.

There are usually 11 fixed days of holiday during the year.

Public & Local Closure Holidays 2016/17

  

The majority of staff will be contractually entitled to paid leave in respect of public holidays and University closed days, or a pro rata allocation for part time staff where public holidays/closed days fall on a non-working day. Some discrete groups of staff, for example Security and staff working at The Hive, will have alternative contractual obligations and arrangements.

Traditionally, as a goodwill gesture, the University allows staff who normally work on Christmas Eve to leave at noon without loss of pay. Staff who work Saturdays as part of their normal working arrangements will have the option to leave work at midday on Saturday 24th December without any loss of pay. Where this is not possible and staff are required to work a full day on the Saturday to deliver an essential service, they will be entitled to compensatory time off in lieu.

Please note that this is not a contractual entitlement and staff who are given the option to leave work at midday and choose to work beyond this time are not entitled to time off in lieu or other forms of compensation/pay. In addition, staff who are not scheduled to work at this time are not entitled to compensation in relation to the “early close”.

If you have any questions about these arrangements, please speak to your manager in the first instance.