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See 'Bullying and Harassment'.

Health and Safety Training

The University of Birmingham is committed to providing and maintaining a healthy and safe working environment for all its employees, students and any other people who may be affected by its activities. This commitment is expressed in the University's Health and Safety Policy Statement.

The Health and Safety Unit's role is to assist the University in the development and implementation of University Health and Safety Policy and to provide expert advice. The Health and Safety Unit has scientific and technical expertise provided by professionally qualified advisers. The Unit works closely with other departments in the University, in particular Occupational Health, and with external agencies. The Unit provides information on a wide range of issues including: Biological SafetyHazardous SubstancesFire Safety and Radiation Safety.

For further information, please contact the College Safety Advisor, Sue Chalder or one of the Technical Managers.

Health and Wellbeing

Your wellbeing at work is crucial in helping you to achieve your full potential. To help you stay healthy and happy at work the University offers a wide range of benefits, services and facilities. Please see the University's Health & Wellbeing Services page.

Holiday Forms

Your holiday entitlement is determined by your terms and conditions of employment. Full-time support, administrative and other academic-related staff are entitled to 25 bookable days.  If you work part-time or term time your leave is calculated pro rata.

The annual leave year for Support Staff runs from 1 January to the following 31 December. The annual leave year for Administrative and Other Related Staff runs from 1 October to the following 30 September. All staff should agree their annual leave in advamce with their line manager and/or academic supervisor. 

Please see the HR intrant pages for further information on annual leave.

Honorary Contracts

Please speak with your Institute Manager, Team or Department Manager, or local HR Assistant regarding any Honorary Contract requests.  Also see Honorary Staff and Emeritus Professors intranet site for forms and information on qualifying criteria.

HR Policies and Procedures

The information provided in the Handbook is underpinned by the general Human Resources Policies and Procedures maintained by the University. Some of this information provides supplemental information or outlines working practices specific to the College of Medical and Dental Sciences. Other information simply provides, in an accessible format, information available within the policies.

Comprehensive information on University procedures pertaining to terms and conditions of employment can be found on the relevant HR pages of the staff intranet. This includes information on grievance, harassment, etc. for Academic Staff, Support Staff and Academic & Other Related Staff.

Human Tissue Legislation Training

All projects which the University of Birmingham Sponsors under the Department of Health Research Governance Framework that involve the use of human materials have the following requirement:

In order to obtain UoB sponsorship the chief investigator will need to demonstrate that they have taken the MRC's online training package on "Research and Human Tissue Legislation" and "Good Research Practice" by completing the assessment at the end with a score of at least 70% and submitting the certificate along with the Sponsorship application documents at the point when IRAS sign-off is requested.

The training is available here: http://byglearning.co.uk/mrcrsc-lms/course/category.php?id=1

Find out more about HTA and compliance.

Hybrid Working

The University has agreed a Framework for Hybrid Working which will support managers and employees to agree mutually beneficial working arrangements, where their role allows.  The following principles have been agreed:

  • no-one should spend 100% of their time working away from their work location
  • arrangements must be to the mutual benefit of the University and the employee and employees must be able to evidence they can work at least as effectively from home as working on campus
  • that we can maintain services and all other activities in the most effective manner to our customers (whoever they may be, i.e. students or colleagues in other Departments/Services, external stakeholders, etc)
  • ensuring there is sufficient time available for in-person team working and collaboration – recognising the diversity of roles at the University and the degree and necessity of this will vary dependent on job role
  • where employees do not work in a team, ensuring there is sufficient time available for in-person collaboration/support
  • that employees are available to attend campus as required and at short notice if necessary
  • that sufficient in-person cover is available to support service delivery through all the working time offered by the service, including (as appropriate to the service, Mondays and Fridays, weekends, Bank Holidays and Closed Days).

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