Flexible Working: Guidance for Staff

This guidance, which should be read in conjunction with the Flexible Working Guiding Principles, has been developed to provide staff with a concise overview of the process for considering and requesting flexible working arrangements.

Flexible working may involve a change to working pattern, relating to the times staff are required to work, the number of hours they are required to work or where they are required to work, for example between home and the University. The flexible working options outlined within this guidance may be considered in relation to flexible retirement.

The University will consider requests from all staff with 26 weeks continuous service, providing they have not made another application during the past 12 months.

Employees with parental responsibility for children up to age 16, disabled children under 18, and carers of adults have a statutory right to request a flexible working arrangement and employers have a statutory duty to consider such requests. This statutory right will be extended to all employees, with 26 weeks continuous service, in June 2014 through new legislation. There is no statutory right for a request to be agreed.

Flexible Working Process

This procedure is to be used for all requests for flexible working arrangements, regardless of whether they require a change to the employment contract.

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In order to maintain the continuity of its business, the University may be unable to accommodate all requests for flexible working. However, each request will be considered on their own merits and assessed based on the needs of both the business and the staff member.