Update on voluntary severance and other measures
20 Jul 2020
Still time to apply before the 31 July 2020 closing date
There is still time for colleagues to apply for the voluntary measures – voluntary severance, unpaid career break, reduced working hours and voluntary salary reduction.
The closing date for the majority of eligible staff is 31 July 2020. Colleagues who work for University Managed Catering (UMC) have been given an extension to apply for the measures until 31 August 2020 – you can find out more about the reasons for this on StaffNet.
The voluntary measures are in place to help mitigate the scale of further action that will likely be needed in the near future as a result of the significant adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and when we know the full impact on our student numbers in October 2020.
So far, 617 voluntary severance requests had been received and 130 other colleagues have applied for the other measures. More details, including how to apply and answers to common questions, can be found on our dedicated StaffNet site.
Colleagues are under no obligation to take up any of these measures, and you should not feel any pressure to put yourself forward. Decisions will be made on the basis of operational need, however we would urge all colleagues to familiarise themselves with the options and decide if they wish to apply for any of them.