Human Resources


Welcome to the Human Resources website.

This website is designed to be a useful resource for staff and managers at the University and is regularly updated when new policies and procedures are introduced. If you are interested in reading about our HR Strategy, including current news and updates on projects we are working on, please go to our HR strategy page.

Latest news

Important information on the USS consultation

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Changes to future pension benefits provided by Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) have been proposed by the scheme’s Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC). A period of formal consultation began on 16 March 2015 with affected staff and their representatives and is scheduled to end on 22 May 2015.

Information leaflets on the consultation process and accompanying notice have now been sent out to all affected staff and full consultation materials and other resources are available on the employer consultation website at where responses to the proposals can be left.

Information regarding local events and news can be viewed on the USS Consultation pages.

Staff presentations will be held on:

7 April 2015 – Medway Campus, Rochester Building R2-09 at 9.30, 11.00, 13.30 and 15.00
8 April 2015 - Canterbury Campus, Gulbenkian Cinema at 9.30 and 11.00 and Jennison Lecture Theatre, 13.30pm and 15.00
13, 14 and 15 April 2015, Canterbury Campus, Grimond Lecture Theatre 2 at 9.30, 11.00, 13.30 and 15.00

The sessions will last approximately 90 minutes and can be booked by visiting

Questions can be emailed in advance to or phone 01737 274109

HR Departmental Meeting

Human Resources will be unavailable between 2-4pm on Tuesday 24th March as we are attending a departmental meeting.

Athena SWAN update

The latest edition of the Athena SWAN newsletter is out now and available to view online at

If you have any stories for future editions of the newsletter, please contact Jess Cockell, Athena SWAN Adviser with the details.

New staff immigration website launched

Human Resources have launched a new immigration website to provide guidance on our immigration compliance.  The site will provide information for overseas applicants wishing to work in the UK, for our current staff who are sponsored or hold their own visa and for our managers recruiting from the international workforce.

We hope the website provides a useful source of information and can be found here:

Please contact Emma Milton, HR Immigration Adviser if you require further information.


Reflect, Plan, Develop: New website and booklet now available

HR is pleased to announce that a refreshed RPD booklet and website is available to members of staff from today.

Please click here to browse the refreshed website. If you wish to find out more about the changes made to RPD, please navigate through to the RPD News page.

The HR projects team would like to thank everyone who has taken part in the review of the RPD Framework over the last 12 months. Your comments have helped to shape the RPD Framework as well as provide areas of focus as RPD evolves.

Please make sure that you book on to one of the available RPD training sessions that are running throughout 2015 if you feel it would be valuable to you. For more information on the content of these sessions, please go to the RPD section of the Learning and Develoment website.

Reflect, Plan, Develop: New RPD training sessions available from March 2015

RPD training sessions are now available to book on to for 2015.

As a result of the feedback from the RPD review that has recently been undertaken by HR, the training sessions will now be offered on a number of dates throughout the year, so that you can choose a date and location appropriate for you and your school/department.

Each session is open to any member of staff who feels that training could help them make the most effective use of RPD, and is especially recommended for:

  • New members of staff
  • Members of staff who have not yet received RPD training
  • Members of staff who will be taking on the role of reviewer for the first time
  • Members of staff who had training on the old University appraisal system before 2010


For more information on the content of these sessions, please go to the RPD section of the Learning and Development website and book on to a session using the dedicated booking form.

Sessions will begin in March 2015 and will be available at both Canterbury and Medway campuses.

Further updates about the launch of the refreshed RPD framework will follow shortly.

COMING SOON: Shared Parental Leave (SPL)

The new Shared Parental Leave and Pay legislation will enable eligible parents (including adopters) to share a period of leave and pay following the birth or placement of their child. The new provision came into force on 1st December 2014, and will apply to parents whose children are due to be born or adopted on or after 5th April 2015. Shared Parental Leave (SPL) may be taken by each parent separately or together at the same time.

Additional Paternity Leave will be replaced by the new arrangements from 5th April 2015. Staff members existing rights to maternity leave, ordinary paternity leave and parental leave will remain unchanged (although please note that entitlements to parental leave will increase in April 2015 to parents with children up to the age of 18).

A full new policy on SPL will be published as soon as possible, but in the meantime, staff will be able to submit requests for SPL to their departments or Human Resources from January 2015.

Further information can be found on the government website: Staff members or line managers should speak to their relevant HR Advisor if there are any initial queries or questions.

USS Consultation

The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) trustees are currently reviewing the USS pension scheme. For further details on the review and information for USS members, please click here

Invitation to Academic and Research Staff to apply for Promotion and Discretionary Salary Increases - October 2014

The 2014/15 round for Academic and Research Staff to apply for promotion and discretionary salary increases is now open. Information on how to apply is available here.



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Last Updated: 23/03/2015