Accessibility statement

Flexible working

We recognise that each individual staff member has a different work-life balance and is committed to ensure that everyone's needs are respected and taken into consideration.

The Department supports a healthy work-life balance. We encourage the use of flexible working arrangements through a flexible working scheme (requiring a contractual change) or flexi-time scheme (no contractual change needed).

This includes:

Find out more about the University's Maternity, Paternity and Shared Parental Leave schemes.

The Department recognises that there are a range of circumstances when you may need to take time away from work, but that it may not be reasonably expected for you to use annual leave or flexi-time.

Leave in special circumstances is intended to provide a sympathetic response to this, and the procedure and guidance provide a framework for making and considering these requests for time off.

There are a number of reasons for which leave in special circumstances may be considered, and which are covered by this guidance. These are:

Armed Forces leave

If you are a member of HM Armed Forces Reserves you are entitled to paid leave to meet training requirements and unpaid leave if you are mobilised.


If a close family member, dependant or partner dies.

Compassionate circumstances

If you have serious personal or family problems.  This includes unpaid time off to care for a dependant.

Domestic emergencies

If you suffer an unexpected domestic emergency that requires immediate attention.

Public and community service

If you serve on certain public or community bodies.

See the policy page and procedure page for more information.