Can retired staff keep their University email?

QUESTION:

Dear Ask Executive,

When a member of staff retires is it possible to retain the University email account?

Either way, does this also apply to the Managed Severance Scheme?

Many thanks.

ANSWER:

Staff who leave the University are no longer entitled to a Staffordshire University email account and should therefore make arrangements in advance of their leaving date to obtain a personal email address. This therefore applies to staff leaving the University who have been successful in their Managed Severance Scheme application.

Do you have to accept MSS if you request an estimate?

QUESTION:

Once you have requested an MSS estimate, does that necessarily mean you have to accept MSS and leave?

ANSWER:

Staff can apply for MSS figures on a no obligation basis. If an individual submits a form for MSS then this can be retracted up until the point that the MSS Panel considers this. At the point in time of consideration the request is deemed as binding on the individual if the MSS panel accepts the case and the stated leaving date. If the case is approved but the date is not suitable, an alternative date is offered to the individual, who has the right to turn this down and remain in employment.

Will 80:20 posts have to reapply for roles?

QUESTION:

In previous restructures a number of posts have been deemed to be ‘ 80:20 ‘ matches and therefore the staff in these posts have not had to reapply for these jobs.

My question is would this be applied to this restructure once the MSS have been completed or will all the remaining posts have to be applied for by remaining staff members.

ANSWER:

The Ways of Working programme will shortly be made available for consultation. As part of this, the business case will include the new proposed structures for comment as part of the consultation process. Once the roles have been determined at the end of the consultation process, we will then look to see if any individuals are an 80:20 match to the roles or whether there will be a process of appointment.

Can colleagues be redeployed into jobs vacated by MSS?

QUESTION:

I understand that if someone were to leave due to Voluntary Redundancy (MMS) that job cannot be advertised, however could the redundant job be replaced by re-deploying someone else within the University.

ANSWER:

In some circumstances a job may still be required but it may have a potential for a redeployment opportunity so MSS could possibly be granted. Each case will be looked at on its own merits.

Will the deadline for MSS be pushed back?

QUESTION:

I understand that Human Resources are inundated with requests for estimates and until estimates are received staff cannot progress applications for managed severance. It’s been just over a week since I made my application for an estimate (not yet received) and I am not alone. With offices closing on the 23 December until Monday 5th January this leaves 14 working days for estimates to be received and applications made, plus the decision making process to be completed. Do Human Resources consider that this is doable and if not will the deadline be pushed back?

ANSWER:

Currently we do not have any plans to amend the closing date. However as we get closer to the closing date we will take stock of how many applications are still awaiting information or where applicants have only just received this so that we are fair to those individuals.