Athena Swan application highlight: Engagement with HR policy revision

The BE&D committee has provided substantial and detailed feedback (both solicited and unsolicited) on HR policies when issues arise. For example:

  • Keeping in touch days (for those on parental leave) are paid at 1/365 annual salary compared to strike days which are docked at 1/260 annual salary; this policy is currently under review by HR.
  • A change to the expenses policy which prohibited claims for use of AirBnB (with potential impact for staff travelling with young children, who might require additional amenities); this policy change was reversed.
  • Comprehensive feedback on University HR policies (Equality, Flexible Working, Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, Parental Leave, and Special Leave); these changes are being incorporated as policies are revised.