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

Policies

Adoption Leave

The University recognises that staff who adopt a child require sufficient time for bonding, building trust and developing their family unit.

For more guidance, please refer to the Adoption Leave information, found in Human Resources.

Carer's Leave

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.

For more guidance, please refer to the Carer's Leave information, found in Human Resources.

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.

For more guidance, please refer to the Compassionate Leave information, found in Human Resources.

Family Leave - Children and Dependants Leave

The University recognises that there may be occasions when the sickness or injury of a family member means that you are unable to attend work.

For more guidance, please refer to the Family Leave information, found in Human Resources.

Fertility Treatment Leave

The University recognises that fertility treatment is a stressful and emotionally demanding experience.

For more guidance, please refer to the Fertility Treatment Leave information, found in Human Resources.

Flexible Retirement

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.

For more guidance, please refer to the Flexible Retirement information, found in Human Resources.

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.

For more guidance, please refer to the Foster Care Leave information, found in Human Resources.

 

Maternity and Adoption Agreement

The University wishes to support staff throughout their pregnancy and maternity or adoption leave.

Full information is found under the Maternity and Adoption Agreement in Human Resources.

Paternity/Partner Support Leave

The University understands that the support of a father, partner or nominated support carer is invaluable when a child is born or adopted.

For more guidance, please refer to the Paternity/Partner Support Leave information, found in Human Resources.

Shared Parental Leave

Shared parental leave is a new way for parents to share statutory leave and pay (for a child born on or after 5 April 2015)

For more guidance, please refer to the Shared Parental Leave information, found in Human Resources.

Surrogacy Leave

If you are a surrogate mother you have the same maternity rights as any other pregnant employee, irrespective of what happens after the child is born (Maternity and Adoption Leave).

For more guidance, please refer to the Surrogacy Leave information, found in Human Resources.

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.

For more guidance, please refer to the Unpaid Parental Leave information, found in Human Resources.