Resources for Biology

Here we provide a list of E&D relevant resources currently available via the School of Biology and University Human Resources.

Unconscious bias, recruitment training and new appointments

In the School of Biology, we ask that all staff and students undertake the Online Unconscious Bias Training and that all academic staff and any staff conducting interviews undertake the Recruitment and Selection Training available here.

We also ask that prior to any interviews, staff take an unconscious bias awareness refresher by looking over the University resources and watching the refresher video produced by the Royal Society. For academic staff appointments, we also ask that the selection panel watches this video on common biases during candidate selection.

Staff advertising for a new appointment should consult the paragraph developed for use in advertising material.

 

Promotion

Academic staff applying for promotion to grade 8 and 9 can find details about the promotion procedure and submission documents required for Academic promotion here. The promotion process from Grade 6 to Grade 7 is currently under review.

Professional and support staff can similarly undertake a re-grading of their post, following a substantive change in role requirements, via the grading review policy and procedure.

 

Leave and flexibility

Birth and adoption

Leave benefits are available to staff for adoption, maternity, paternity, and shared leave:

  • Keeping in Touch Days: This is a subsection of the maternity leave policy. Staff on maternity leave may, by agreement with their Head of School/Unit, undertake up to 10 days paid work, referred to as ‘Keeping in Touch Days (KIT Days)’, during their maternity leave

We realise that there can be issues for fixed-term staff, who may face an effective personal penalty if their project costs are required to pay for leave (and for Keeping In Touch days) they take. The recent League of European Research Universities (LERU) report advises bias-free compensation for parental leave, and we are trying to promote this.

 

Returning from leave

The University webpage on pregnancy, maternity and paternity provides guidance from the NHS on breastfeeding at work .

When staff return from leave, the School of Biology will ensure provision of private space required for expressing breast milk and will provide a small fridge to store breast milk. Please ask the E&D committee for information on how to access this.

The University has a curated list of local childcare providers.

Please also note details below for carers, flexible working and leave available to support carer wellbeing.

 

Carers

The University Caring Fund was designed to support employees with child minding or other caring responsibilities associated with attending events as part of their role. A Word document application form can be found here.

The University webpage for carers provides additional information on internal and external resources available. The university has also developed a Supporting Carers Statement.

 

Flexible working

Flexible working allows employees to request a variation in their working arrangements to a more flexible arrangement.  Employees may request a change in the hours they work, a change in the times they work, or to temporarily work from home.

 

Wellbeing

  • Parental leave provides unpaid time off work to look after a child or make arrangements for the child’s welfare.
  • Special leave covers a range of additional paid and unpaid leave options to help employees take time away from work for reasons that do not necessarily fall under existing leave provisions, such as domestic emergencies and public duties. Arrangements for these are negotiated with line manager and Head of School.
  • Career break policy allows an extended break from work for employees who require this for a variety of personal reasons during the course of their employment.
  • Sickness absence 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 employees where reasonable, including taking all reasonable measures to support and retain those with a disability.

 

Harassment and bullying

We are committed to a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, harassment, discrimination or victimisation of any kind. Bullying is defined as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient”. Harassment as defined in the Equality Act 2010 as “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual”.

Staff resources include the staff dignity and respect at work policy, definitions, and sources of support. The University has compiled a links to policy and resources available for students being bullied or harassed.

 

Other equality and diversity links

The University hosts a website for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion with links to resources (such as the Early career women network and Staff LGBTIQ+ network) and events. The university has several awards for diversity recognition. At the school level, schools are encouraged to gain Athena SWAN awards for gender equality.

The University also has policies on equality and diversity inclusion to ensure that equality is embedded into all its functions, operations and activities, and has an equal pay statement to ensure that staff receive equal pay for work of equal value.

As part of its Gender Equality Action Plan, the University has a policy on Trans Staff and Students. The university has recently produced a history of LGBT+ in St Andrews.

 

Full list of HR policies

A full list of the University of St Andrews Human Resources policies, guidance and forms is available here.

 

Additional Biology E&D advice and policies

 Additional E&D advice and policies which have been developed by the School of Biology E&D committee include:

 

Biology Athena Swan silver application

The successful School of Biology Athena Swan silver application (awarded May 2018) can be viewed here.