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).
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.
If you have serious personal or family problems. This includes unpaid time off to care for a dependant.
If you suffer an unexpected domestic emergency that requires immediate attention.
Public and community service
If you serve on certain public or community bodies.