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Additional annual leave for University staff

Posted on 1 April 2020

As a thank you to University staff, and in recognition of the resilience and community spirit that has enabled the University to respond so well to the unfolding situation, all staff will receive an extra two days annual leave this year. 

The University will be introducing a mini Easter shut-down, to extend the Easter weekend with two additional days of paid leave, on Wednesday 8 April and Thursday 9 April. This will support staff health and wellbeing. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Charlie Jeffery wrote to staff to announce the decision. He said: "We want as many of our staff as possible to have the opportunity of a long weekend so they can rebalance work and home life. 

"We are asking heads of department and other line managers to plan carefully for this mini shut-down and to encourage everyone who can to ‘switch off’."

If this timing is not appropriate, because of individual circumstances, urgent queries or demands, you can work with your line manager to ensure that you take the extra annual leave flexibly over the coming weeks. 

These two extra days are in addition to the University's previous announcement about extending the ‘carry over’ of unused allowance, from 5 days in the current policy to up to 10 days.

Further details of University policy and new government guidance, to help you plan your annual leave, will be published by HR shortly.