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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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People Matter Week 2015

University of Cambridge’s People Matter Week

“The University is fully committed to ensuring the wellbeing of its staff and students. I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to attend, and benefit from, the wide range of activities on offer during People Matter Week”

- Professor Jeremy Sanders CBE FRS, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs

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The Careers Service

The Careers Service hosts a range of events for Postdoctoral research staff wishing to combine their academic career with raising a family. Many of the principles covered in these sessions are applicable to all staff groups and can be accessed at the links below. Please note that staff will need to register with the careers service to view these resources which include podcasts and further links.

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Additional Service Points in grades 1, 5 and 6

Additional Service Points in grades 1, 5 and 6

In October 2012 the University and Assistants Joint Board (UAJB) agreed to appoint a Special Joint Negotiating Committee (SJNC) to review how the loyalty and skills of Assistant staff are rewarded.

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