There are a range of policies designed to support staff to balance work and home life and deal with personal responsibilities, as well as some of life's major events. Full copies of all these policies, procedures and application forms are available from Human Resources (updated August 2014).
I am pleased to introduce the University of Dundee's suite of Work/Life Balance Policies. In developing the policies the University continuously draws on the knowledge and experience of the representative bodies and Human Resources staff.
The result is a wide ranging, and in some areas, innovative set of policies designed to support our staff balance work and home life and deal with personal responsibilities, as well as some of life's major events.
Our aims in promoting Work/Life Balance Policies are to demonstrate the value the University places on its employees and to recognise the need for flexibility in the relationship between employer and employee within a context that supports our equality and diversity objectives.
We believe that through such Human Resources policies, the University will benefit through the commitment of our staff and that this approach will help us retain existing valuable employees and support our aspiration to make the University of Dundee an employer of choice.
Mrs Pamela A Milne MA MBA MCIPD, Director of Human Resources
The University recognises that many staff will have caring responsibilities for adults at some stage in their lives. The right to request flexible working may allow them to better balance work with their caring responsibilities.
Compassionate Leave - Bereavement
On the death of your closest relatives or dependants (i.e. spouse, partner, civil partner, parent (in-law), natural or adopted child or relatives who live with you) the University will grant you a period of paid leave.
Flexible retirement, approved by the employer, provides qualifying members of the relevant pension scheme the opportunity to receive part or all of their pension benefits (depending on the pension scheme) from age 55 onwards.
Foster Care Leave
The University values the contribution to the community made by foster parents and the commitment of staff who provide foster care for children.
Kinship Care Leave
If you are in a situation that you are having to provide care to children of an immediate relative you will be eligible to the same provision detailed within the Foster Care Leave policy.
Unpaid Parental Leave
The University understands that occasionally it may be necessary for a parent to take time off work to be with his or her very young children and every effort will be made to accommodate the timing of the request for unpaid parental leave.