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University closure days: 2 and 3 August

Staff Benefits


Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 August will be additional university closure days, as a thank you to staff for their hard work throughout the past year.

Any colleagues who had already booked these days as annual leave will have the time automatically recredited.

As we enter the summer period we encourage colleagues – whenever work commitments allow – to build in some breaks using any remaining annual leave. Taking time off from the demands of work will help you relax and maintain the focus. 

Annual leave purchase scheme: applications close 31 July

You have until 31 July to apply for the new Annual Leave Purchase Scheme. For this trial year, there will be a single window during which applications under the scheme will need to be made.  Applications received after 31 July will not be considered. You will only be able to apply once and only during the application open dates.

The scheme allows colleagues to buy up to 10 days of annual leave (pro-rata for colleagues working part-time) and spread the cost of this over a year through monthly salary deduction. 

You can apply if you are on a regular annual leave scheme and book your annual leave through the online booking system on Employee Self Service. Applications will be subject to approval from line managers. 

Initially the Scheme will be implemented on a trial basis for the 2021/22 annual leave year. A review will then be undertaken to determine if it is viable to operate on an ongoing basis.

You will not be eligible if you are not on a regular annual leave scheme (e.g casual workers), the deductions would take your pay below the level of the National Minimum Wage or the change to your salary would impact your visa eligibility.

For more information, including how to apply, please go to Annual Leave Purchase Scheme webpage. 



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