Statute Section 6

What is Statute Section 6?

Section 6 of the University's Statutes (part of The University of Sheffield Charter, Statutes, Regulations) relates to employment and enables all University staff to be covered by employment procedures based upon principles of fairness, justice and good practice.  The guiding principles within Section 6 apply to all staff, with the exception of academic freedom which only applies to academic, teaching and research staff.

Employment Procedures

The following Employment Procedures are in accordance with Section 6 of the University Charter and Statutes, based upon principles of natural justice, fairness, equality, and reasonableness, as underpinned by legislation. These procedures shall be applied with these principles in mind and to give effect to the guiding principles in paragraph 4 of Section 6 of the University Statutes.

Disciplinary

The purpose of the disciplinary procedure is to provide a transparent process so that if problems arise with a member of staff’s conduct, the manager can take a fair and reasonable course of informal and/or formal action to resolve issues and aid improvement.

Capability

The purpose of the capability procedure is to provide a transparent process so that if problems arise with a staff member’s work performance, the manager can take a fair and reasonable course of informal and/or formal action to resolve issues and aid improvement.

Sickness Absence Management

This policy is designed to promote good practice aimed at preventing ill health, the effective management of sickness absence when it occurs and the rehabilitation of staff where reasonable, including taking all reasonable measures to support and retain those with a disability.

Grievance

The purpose of the procedure is to help deal with grievances fairly, promptly and at the point of origin. If a staff member has a concern, problem or complaint to do with his/her work or a person /the people s/he works with, the staff member should wherever possible talk it over
with their manager. It may be possible to agree an informal solution.

Review of the Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations (2012-13)

Background

The review originated through a Council Effectiveness Review, which recommended a review of the University's governance sub-structure and specifically:

  • That the Charter and Statutes be modernised; and
  • That the supporting Ordinances and Regulations of Council also be revised, particularly to reflect more clearly how Council's powers are delegated to other committees and to individuals.

The purpose of the review is to reflect current legal and related (e.g. HEFCE) requirements; and ensure the Charter and Statutes are as simple and clear as possible in terms of their structure and language.

In October 2012, Council endorsed recommendations to undertake a review of the University's Charter, Statutes and Ordinances and Regulations of Council.

The revisions were considered and approved by the Privy Council in October 2013.

Review of Statute Section 6

Section 6 of the Statutes, which relates to employment, needed revising to ensure it:

  • complied with employment law;
  • provided academic freedom protections to relevant staff in appropriate circumstances relating to employment;
  • and enabled all University staff to be covered by employment procedures based upon principles of fairness, justice and good practice.

More information about the review of Statute Section 6 can be found below:

Looking for something else?

There is a wealth of information, guidance and support available from Human Resources relating to all aspects of employment and supporting policies and procedures. An index of information can be found at Policies, procedures and related guidance

Alternatively, if you are unable to find the information you require, please contact your HR Team contact