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3. Purpose of the policy

3.1     The Policy sets out the statutory procedure to be followed when staff ask to work flexibly. Requests can be made on either a permanent or temporary basis.  The Policy also sets out the considerations specifically for University Teaching Officers considering and requesting reducing their hours.

If a request is made because of a disability, this must be considered in line with the University's legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010.  Further information on reasonable adjustments is set out in the University’s Disability and Employment Policy.

3.2     Flexible working under this Policy covers a wide range of different arrangements including part-time or term-time working, job share, compressed or annual hours, staggered hours or flexitime. Informal arrangements around the location of working will be managed under the Hybrid Working Policy except for where requests meet the criteria set out in section 6.3 and will be managed under this Policy instead.

3.3     Leave for academic or professional reasons, such as study and research leave, are covered by separate arrangements outside the scope of this Policy, as referenced in section 10.

3.4     This Policy is not contractual and may be amended from time to time, as necessary, in light of any changes in legislation or operational requirements.