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

Our People Practices/ HR policy updates - 20 April 2018

Human Resources are pleased to announce the following people practices have been updated:

 

Kent's Pay Policy during current industrial action - 23 March 2018

We are aware of some continuing misunderstanding of Kent’s position relating to pay deductions during the current period of industrial action by some members of UCU.

In brief:

  • Pay deductions will be applied to all salaried staff (with the exception of GTAs, see below) at the rate of 1/365th of annual salary per day for each strike day;
  • No deduction are made from the salaries of striking GTAs;
  • Staff paid by Timesheet are not able to claim for hours they would have worked had it not been for their participation in strike action.   They will however be offered additional hours, to match those lost due to strike action.

Full details of Kent’s policy on pay deductions relating to strike action can be found here: www.kent.ac.uk/human-resources/pensions/uss-industrial-action2018/kents-pay-policy.

The University reserves it right to alter its pay policy in relation to industrial action should it judge it necessary.

Update on University's Snow Policy - 26 February 2018

As there is snow forecast for Kent this week, here's a timely reminder of the University's snow policy for both Canterbury and Medway campuses.

UUK calls for Union leaders to talk - 23 February 2018

UUK calls for Union leaders to talk - read the communication from UUK on the Industrial Action web pages

Proposed USS Changes/ UCU Industrial Action - 16 February 2018

For information regarding the current period of UCU action in response to the proposed changes to the USS pension scheme, please visit our dedicated pages on the HR website.  The pages outline Kent’s position on the current industrial action and include the University’s policy statement, information on the declaration process, and a “Frequently Asked Questions” area where more detailed information about the implications of this action on individuals can be found.

Our People Practices/ HR policy updates - 31 January 2018

Human Resources are pleased to announce the following people practices have been updated:

Proposed changes to the USS pension scheme - Update - 23 January 2018
The final proposal for change to the USS benefit structure has been agreed by the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), which involves employers and UCU. The proposal can be viewed on the dedicated website. A formal employer consultation exercise with scheme members and affected staff is scheduled to begin on 19 March 2018.
Proposed changes to USS pension scheme - Update from UUK - 14 December 2017

Today UUK have published further communications relating to the USS valuation including a modelling tool, completed by AON Hewitt which illlustrates the potential impact of UUK's proposals on staff pension benefits, updated Q&As about the USS valuation and a factsheet about the valuation and discussions at the JNC. Find out more here.

Proposed changes to USS pension scheme - 28 November 2017

Proposals have been put forward to make changes to the sector-wide USS pension scheme. Find out more here.

Your views on Kent as a place to work - 20 November 2017

Schools and departments in the third phase of the University's annual staff surveys are being invited to share their views of Kent as a place to work from Monday 20 November.

If you are part of this phase you will have received an email from staffsurvey@kent.ac.uk with a link to the online survey. This is a chance for you to give feedback about what your working environment is like now and what needs to be done so that it develops in a positive way that enables you to do your best. Responses will be entirely anonymous and we have made the survey deliberately short so you will find it quick to complete (5-10 minutes).

Find out more, including the survey schedule, summary results for phases one and two, as well as guides for staff,  managers and Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Teams

Support for employees who are terminally ill - 16 August 2017

At the University of Kent we have a long standing practice of doing our utmost to support colleagues who are terminally ill. We all recognise the vital role that work can play in establishing some normality, security and social support when colleagues and their families have to face the challenges and difficult decisions raised at this time.

We wish to announce that the University has signed the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter and will offer enhanced protection to employees who are diagnosed as terminally ill. Further information on the Charter and what this means for employees can be found here.

Job Evaluation - 10 August 2017

From 1 September 2017, the University will be using the Hay Framework to evaluate all jobs except academic and research roles; these roles are covered by the National Role Profiles and are not affected.

Presentations on the new job evaluation framework will be held in August and September. Presentations are aimed at managers but staff are welcome. Please register your intention to attend by visiting the Job Evaluation webpage.

Short-term Enhanced Retirement Scheme - 1 August 2017

Executive Group (EG) have approved a variant of the Efficiency Retirement Scheme.

The new Scheme, entitled the Short-Term Enhanced Efficiency Retirement Scheme (STEERS), provides an opportunity for academic members of staff who meet the eligibility criteria, to request to leave the University with a severance payment.

 

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Last Updated: 19/06/2018