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Employee Self-Service (ESS) allows you direct access to some of your data held in the Human Resources system, CHRIS (Cambridge Human Resources Information System) and the University Payroll system.


Employee Self-service enables staff to:

  • Supply HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) personal data
  • View and download online payslips
  • Add or amend contact details
  • Start receiving email notification of payslip availability
  • View absence data
  • View changes made through the ESS system
  • View P60


You will need a Raven password to access ESS. If you do not currently have a Raven password, you will need to apply for one. Once you have a Raven password, if you experience any difficulty accessing ESS, please contact the CHRIS Helpdesk: tel. 60999, email

Please review your data periodically to keep it up to date. Changes you make via ESS are updated in the CHRIS system with immediate effect.

We ask employees to supply HESA details in order to comply with statutory reporting requirements determined by the Higher Education Statistics Agency. HESA is the agency responsible for collecting staff and other data from publicly funded Universities in the UK. The items of information and the descriptors in the drop-down lists are specified by HESA. The University does not have control over these data items or descriptors.  As a publicly funded University we are obliged to ask staff to complete this data, even if they chose the ‘prefer not to say option’, however we would not force a member of staff to provide details if they chose not to do so.