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New public health measures for all UK arrivals from 8 June 2020

New government requirements for all arrivals into the UK New government public health measures for arrivals into the UK come into effect from 8 June 2020, applying to all nationalities and regardless of the length of time away from the UK. Guidance for University staff and managers has been provided on the HR webpages.

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Coronavirus: Financial hardship schemes launched

The University acknowledges that these are exceptional circumstances and is committed to putting measures in place to ensure that no employee is financially disadvantaged.

The Employee Welfare Loan Scheme is available to support eligible staff facing short-term financial difficulties. It has been temporarily increased from £500 to a maximum of £1000 for applications received between 20 April and 31 July 2020, in light of the current COVID-19 crisis.

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April 2020 Contribution Increment Scheme for Researchers: Now open

Applications are invited for the April 2020 exercise of the Contribution Increment Scheme for Researchers.

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Improved Emergency Leave for Dependants

The University's provision for emergency leave for dependants is being extended with effect from 1 October 2019.  The changes include up to 5 working days' paid leave in any rolling 12-month period (pro-rated for part-time employees), with a limit of 2 working days of paid leave on any single occasion. 

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HR Consultations: Michaelmas Term 2019

Views are sought on proposals for the six initiatives listed below. These have been considered by the HR Committee and seek to address key priorities set out by the Vice-Chancellor and the People Strategy. 

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Updated HR Forms layout

The HR Forms page has been updated to make it easier to find HR-related forms. 
Forms are now arranged alphabetically by name within eight categories corresponding to different stages of employment, as follows:
1. Recruitment and Employment
2. Screening and Safety
3. Early Employment
4. Contract Changes
5. Development and Reward
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Now Open: Staff Survey 2019

The first University Staff Survey is now open and closes at midnight on 25 March 2019. The survey provides all employees with the opportunity to say what they think about a range of workplace topics. All responses are anonymous.

All staff members will be emailed a link to the web-survey and those without access to email will receive a paper survey.

Further information is available on the Staff Survey webpages.

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Senior Researcher Promotions: 1 October 2019 exercise launch

This year’s procedure for senior research staff seeking promotion to the positions of Principal Research Associate and Director of Research has been launched. Full details of the Senior Researcher Promotions Procedure, including the guidance, manual and application process can be found here.


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Telephone line disruption

Please note that telephone lines within the HR division have been disrupted over the last few days.  

Although the problem appears to be resolved, please try again if you have encountered difficulties in contacting us.

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Cambridge has retained its HR Excellence in Research Award

The University has retained an excellence award which demonstrates its commitment to improving the working conditions and career development of research staff.

The second set of UK universities to be externally evaluated for the HR Excellence in Research Award have retained the HR Excellence in Research Award from the European Commission.

This brings the total to 21 institutions in the UK to have undertaken and retained the Award at this four year stage.

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