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.
Changes to SAUL from 1 April 2016
Final changes have now been announced to SAUL from 1 April 2016. Following the employer consultation process which ended on 13 September 2015, the SAUL Negotiating Committee met to consider all the responses received before making a recommendation to the Trustee. The Trustee subsequently approved the changes which were outlined in the consultation document. Further details can be found on the SAUL website, including Q&A and a summary of issues raised during consultation.
|Invitation to academic and research staff to apply for promotion and additional salary awards|
|The 2015/16 round for academic and research staff to apply for promotion and additional salary awards is now open. Information on how to apply is available here|
SAUL employer consultation - end of consultation period
The SAUL employer consultation process ended on 13 September 2015. It is no longer possible to make a formal response to the consultation proposals through the consultation website. The SAUL Negotiating Committee will now consider all responses received and the final changes will be communicated to affected members in the autumn 2015.
SAUL consultation - end of consultation period approaching
The SAUL employer consultation process is scheduled to end on 13 September 2015. It is important that affected members of the scheme register their formal responses to the consultation proposals through the consultation website. Visit the survey page and enter the password 'myviews' to register your response.
All staff presentations and pension clinics have now taken place. If you haven’t had a chance to come along to one of these, you can hear a recording of the presentations delivered by Rob Orr, SAUL Head of Technical and Communications during his visit to Kent on 7 August. The presentation recordings and slides can be viewed by following this link.
The Q&A section of the SAUL consultation website is being updated on a weekly basis with frequently asked questions. In addition, questions raised by Kent staff together with available answers, can be viewed here.
A further consultation meeting with Staff Representatives is due to take place next Wednesday, 9 September. Questions can be forwarded to your representative to be raised at the meeting. Minutes of the last meeting and a list of Staff Reps. can be viewed on the Kent HR webpages
Any other queries can be emailed to email@example.com.
|USS consultation - outcome|
USS consultation process - outcomeThe outcome of the USS employer consultation process, which took place earlier this year, has now been notified. Changes to scheme benefits will take effect on 1 April 2016. Details can be found here.
The SAUL employer consultation which began on 13 July is now half way through.
If you haven’t had a chance to come along to one of our member presentations which explain the changes, further presentations are being held on:
25 August 2015 – Keynes Lecture Theatre 5 at 2pm (Final Salary Members) and 3.30pm (CARE Members)
If you can’t make one of the presentations, Rob Orr, Head of Technical and Communications at SAUL, visited Canterbury on 7 August to deliver several presentations. If you would like to hear a recording of the presentations and see the slides, please follow this link.
One to one slots are also available either at our remaining pension clinic on 3 September or at a time to suit you to discuss individual pension queries.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place at a presentation or one to one.
The next consultation meeting with Staff Representatives is due to take place this Friday, 21 August. Questions can be forwarded to your representative to be raised at the meeting. Minutes of the last meeting and a list of Staff Reps. can be viewed on the Kent HR webpages
More information is available on the Q&A section of the SAUL consultation website which is being updated on a weekly basis with frequently asked questions.
Ultimately you can enter your formal response to the consultation through the SAUL consultation website and this should be done by 13 September when consultation closes.
|University Statute approved by Privy Council|
Human Resources are pleased to announce that the Privy Council has formally approved the University's reformed Statute 7. With effect from Monday 17 August, all staff will now be covered by Statute 7 which was previously only applicable to staff in grades 7 and above.
Statute 7 is the University Statute that sets out how key employment matters (such as grievance resolution, performance improvement and discipline) are to be managed. The revised processes are clear, transparent and will provide a consistent and equal approach to how employment matters are handled.
If you want to find out more about the reform process, view the revised Statute and the associated Ordinances (procedures), please visit the 'Reforming Statute 7' section of the HR website: www.kent.ac.uk/hr-staffinformation/statute
The SAUL employer consultation is underway and scheduled to end on 13 September 2015.
Staff presentations are due to kick off next Friday, 7 August when Rob Orr, Head of Technical and Communications at SAUL will be visiting the University. The presentations will take place in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1 at 10.30am for Final Salary members and midday for CARE members. Please book a place by emailing email@example.com
The first consultation meeting with Staff Representatives took place on 29 July 2015. The minutes of the meeting are available here.
Other dates for staff presentations and Pension Clinics have been added to the Kent HR web pages. Dates are spread over the summer to give as much choice as possible although staff who are unable to attend can make a one to one appointment with a member of the Pensions Team to discuss the changes.
|HR Excellence in Research Award|
Kent is one of five institutions to retain the European Commission Award. The Award demonstrates commitment to implementing the UK Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment .
As part of its two-year review, the University was required to highlight key achievements and progress since 2013, as well as confirm strategy, success measures and next steps for 2015-2017. The review was overseen by Vitae , which champions researcher development in the UK.
Simon Kerridge, Director of Research Services at Kent and Co-Chair of its Researcher Development Working Group, said: ‘Renewal of the HR Excellence in Research Award, alongside our strong REF result for research intensity, demonstrates the University’s commitment to supporting excellence in research and the career development of researchers at Kent.’
The SAUL consultation document has now been sent out to all affected members and representatives.
Dates for staff presentations and Pension Clinics have been added to the Kent HR web pages. Dates are spread over the summer to give as much choice as possible although staff who are unable to attend can make a one to one appointment with a member of the Pensions Team to discuss the changes.
The first consultation meeting with Staff Representatives will take place on Wednesday 29 July. Questions can be forwarded to Staff Reps. beforehand
|USS consultation - Now closed|
The USS employer consultation ended on Friday, 22 May 2015. It is no longer possible to leave a response.
The trustees will advise the consultation response to the JNC over the summer and a final decision will be made regarding changes to future USS benefits. Final changes will be confirmed in the autumn with 1 April 2016 being the earliest implementation date.
Full information on the Kent consultation process can be viewed on the Kent USS Consultation pages. The USS employer website is now closed although some of the documentation related to the consultation has been made available via the main USS website where further updates will be found.
|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.
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 Development website.