Human Resources

Introduction

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

USS consultation - Deadline approaching!

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The USS employer consultation is scheduled to end this Friday, 22 May 2015. Members should ensure they leave their responses on the website before close of consultation. Please take some time to complete the form as it is important that members make their views of the proposed changes known. Although the form contains 12 questions, it is not necessary to respond to them all in order to submit your response.

At the end of the consultation period, all responses will be considered before deciding whether to make the proposed changes. Employers and members will be informed of the confirmed changes in the Autumn 2015 with implementation likely to take place on 1 April 2016.

USS Presentations

Eifion Morris, USS Member Communication Manager, visited Canterbury on 18 and 19 May, to conduct staff presentations on the proposed changes. The presentation can be seen here.

Consultation Meeting 8 May 2015

The minutes of the consultation meeting held with staff representatives are available to read here.

Full information about the Kent consultation process can be viewed on the Kent USS Consultation pages and the USS employer consultation website.

USS consultation update

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Staff presentations on the proposed changes to USS have now come to an end. If you weren't able to come to one of these sessions the slides, prepared by Towers Watson, together with a voice recording of the presentation are available here. If you just want to refer to the slides, please click here. Feedback from the presentations was good with attendees reporting that they felt better informed about the proposed changes. There will be a further local consultation meeting in May and questions can be channelled through Staff Representatives. Minutes and the appendix from the consultation meeting held on 2 April can be viewed here.

Heatmaps have been prepared by USS as an additional resource to illustrate whether the proposed hybrid pension scheme would give a higher or lower outcome for future service compared to the current Final Salary and CRB sections.  Further information can be viewed on the Kent USS Consultation pages.

Members are also encouraged to leave their responses on the USS employer consultation website at www.ussconsultation.co.uk

 

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 www.ussconsultation.co.uk 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 www.towerswatson.com/events/21036

Questions can be emailed in advance to pension.presentations@towerswatson.com 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 www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/athenaswan/newsletter.

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:

http://www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/immigration/index.html

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: https://www.gov.uk/shared-parental-leave-and-pay. 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: 19/05/2015