7. Appeals

If a staff member’s application for flexible working is declined, they may appeal against the University’s decision within 14 days of being notified of the decision, stating the grounds upon which the appeal is based. The grounds for appeal may be:

  • New information relevant to the request was not available at the time of the original application; OR
  • The process was not appropriately followed.

The member of staff should direct their appeal to their Head of Department (or delegate). The appeal should be submitted in writing, and copied to Human Resources.

The Head of Department (or delegate) will consider the written appeal fully, taking advice from Human Resources, and may:

  • Uphold the appeal directly and confirm this in writing, setting out the change agreed to within 14 days; or
  • Hold a meeting to hear the appeal within 14 days of receipt of the appeal. The decision shall then be confirmed in writing within 14 days of this meeting.

Should the staff member’s appeal be upheld, the member of staff and their manager may need to discuss any further arrangements required for when the working pattern changes.

Appeal Process