Is the Rewards and Benefits page on our website misleading?


Good Afternoon

The University promotes regular performance appraisals and opportunities to work flexibly on it’s online “Rewards and Benefits” page.
However, not everyone receives these benefits (myself included) and so isn’t this misleading to potential employees?


The University promotes regular appraisal for all staff. It is looking to introduce an online appraisal system going forward which will enable information to be collated from all areas on development needs more generally. The University has a range of flexible working arrangements and whilst we recognise that not all are appropriate to everyone, we do believe that there is flexibility in working arrangements. Where this applies to the position being advertised it is normally stated in the job description.

Why don’t some areas have regular appraisals?


The University’s following recent quote highlights the importance of regular appraisals.

“The appraisal is the time to consider the support and development required to improve and grow in the role and also to consider the development required for being role ready for the next employment opportunity.”

Unfortunately there are various sections within the University that do not have regular appraisals, why is this?


Thank you for your question.  It is disappointing to hear that there may be areas that do not have regular appraisals, however, the University remains committed to regular appraisals for all staff, with participation levels discussed at the quarterly business review meetings between executive and FMT/SMTs.

If you are not participating in an appraisal on a twice yearly basis then please raise this with your relevant Dean or Director.

Can any member of staff take time out for scholarly activity?


Academics are allowed time off work for self-managed scholarly activity relating to PhDs etc.

Are all members of staff entitled to time off to work on such activities?


The academic contract includes a time allocation for advanced scholarship for academic staff.  Professional support staff are able to take time away from work for courses being undertaken under the training for approved qualification scheme (TFAQ) or through short courses attended.  Further information on TFAQ can be found on the website.


What is the benefit of awarding honorary degrees and why do Senior staff attend all awards ceremonies?


Can Exec justify the presence of the entire Exec and FMTs at award ceremonies. Is an entire week of senior staff time to be taken up on these events again this year? Would a rotation be more expedient as other institutions employ?

I’d also like to ask, yet again, as to what if any benefit stems from the awarding of honorary awards? Other universities award only those who have merited such awards by working with institutions in raising funds and profiles, we appear to award minor celebrities whom we never encounter again.


Executive believe that as Awards Ceremonies are the successful culmination of a student’s time at the University, we should celebrate and congratulate them at our Awards Ceremonies. This is why Executive consider it important to show their support by attending all the ceremonies.

Faculty and Senior Management Teams only normally attend the ceremony for their own Faculty.

In terms of Honorary Awards, the University only confers such awards on persons who have made major contributions to the University or who have achieved distinction in any field of activity relevant to the work of the University.

Many of our Honorary Award holders do maintain an ongoing association with the institution.