Human Resources

Archive of HR news


2018 Christmas Payroll Arrangements – 12 November 2018

Please visit our dedicated Christmas Payroll Arrangements page, for all the information you need regarding cut-off dates for the December 2018 payroll.

USS Pension: Consultation closed for USS cost-sharing proposals – 2 November 2018

The consultation process for the USS cost-sharing proposals closed at 5pm on Friday 2 November 2018 following a 60 day consultation period which opened on 3 September 2018.

During this consultation period, two local consultation meetings were held with staff and union representatives at Kent. A collective response has been submitted to USS and is available for viewing on the cost-sharing website.

Recognising Excellence in Academia: Academic Career Map - 31 October 2018

The Recognising Excellence in Academia project team have been working with colleagues across the University to create an Academic Career Map (ACM). For further information about the ACM and have your say in shaping it, please visit the Academic Career Map pages.

Staff Connect: Training and Appraisal Functions go live - 26 October 2018

The new training and appraisal functions are now live on Staff Connect. You can already use Staff Connect to view your payslip and view and change your personal details but the additions of training requests and the recording of appraisals (RPDs) extends the benefit of the system significantly.

For more information please visit our Staff Connect Project pages

USS Pension: Response to claims of a 'large and demonstrable error'- 16 October 2018

USS have responded to recent commentary regarding asset projections sent to Dr Sam Marsh, in his capacity as a member of the JNC. This is accompanied by a technical note from the USS Chief Risk Officer to further expand on the points discussed in the response.

More information can be found on the USS website.

USS Pension: Joint Expert Panel publishes report - 03 October 2018

The Joint Expert Panel (JEP) published their executive summary and first report of the USS 2017 valuation in September for consideration by UUK and UCU. The JEP was set up by UUK and UCU following the recent industrial dispute over the proposed changes to the scheme.

The work of the JEP is in parallel with, but entirely separate to, the USS consultation which commenced on 3 September 2018 and will close on 2 November 2018.

For more information please visit our consultation website.

Pay during adverse weather: new University policy - 5 September 2018

We are pleased to announce the publication of our new policy, ‘Pay during periods of severe weather conditions/major transport disruption’, which replaces the HR Adverse Weather Guidance for Managers.

The  new policy outlines pay arrangements and responsibilities for all University staff during adverse weather conditions and is based on the recognition and appreciation that staff make every reasonable effort to attend work during bad weather.

In line with all previous and current policies, the University will not normally close during bad weather, but there may be circumstances when a reduction to essential services only is declared.

All managers and staff are encouraged to read through the new policy ahead of winter.

2018 National Pay Award - 23 August 2018

As you know, the University is a member of the University and Colleges Employers' Association (UCEA) that negotiates on behalf of the sector with relevant Trades Unions on the annual review of the national pay spine. Unfortunately, the parties have not been able to reach an agreement on this year's settlement and four of the five trade unions have indicated their intention to ballot their members over a protracted period through to October.

In these circumstances, and conscious of the otherwise inevitably long wait for a pay uplift for staff, UCEA has recommended that employers move now to implement the final offer on pay. Details can be found here. The final offer is regarded by UCEA as at the very limit of affordability for the majority of employers (including Kent) given well known sector financial pressures, and provides a minimum 2% base uplift for all staff plus further increases for those on the first 15 pay points in order to improve the position of lower paid staff.

The Executive Group has reviewed the UCEA advice and concluded that it will accept its recommendations and pay the award in the August payroll. Increments on the new pay spine will then be paid in October. 

The revised pay spine can be found here

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:

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.

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.

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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