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Bank holidays and closure days


The University usually closes for four days over the Christmas period and all staff are given this time off with pay in addition to normal annual leave. The closure days vary each year. All staff are also given paid time off on the eight bank holidays in addition to normal annual leave. For Support Staff who are required to work on either a closure day or a bank holiday, the pay/time off in lieu arrangements are set out in the Terms & Conditions of Employment.

In recognition of the exceptional hard work from colleagues during what continues to be a challenging year, all staff are entitled to an additional day of paid annual leave on Thursday, 23 December 2021.

This is in addition to a further two closure days of paid annual leave over Easter 2021, which were Thursday 1 April 2021 and Tuesday, 6 April 2021. 

The entitlement to both Bank Holidays and closure days is pro rata to your contracted hours, irrespective of which days of the week you work, (e.g.) if you work 50% of the full-time hours, you will be entitled to 50% of the bank holidays and closure days. Please see the annual leave section to find out how to calculate this.


New Year's Day Friday, 1st January 2021
Easter Closure Day Thursday 1st April 2021
Good Friday Friday, 2nd April 2021
Easter Monday Monday, 5th April 2021
Easter Closure Day Tuesday 6th April 2021
Early May Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd May 2021
Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 31st May 2021
Summer Bank Holiday Monday, 30th August 2021
Christmas Closure Day Thursday, 23rd December 2021
Christmas Closure Day Friday, 24th December 2021
Christmas Day (substitute day) Monday, 27th December 2021
Boxing Day (substitute day) Tuesday, 28th December 2021
Christmas Closure Day Wednesday, 29th December 2021
Christmas Closure Day Thursday, 30th December 2021
Christmas Closure Day Friday, 31st December 2021



New Years Day Monday, 3rd January 2022
Good Friday Friday, 15th April 2022
Easter Monday Monday, 18th April 2022
Early May Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May 2022
Spring Bank Holiday Thursday, 2nd June 2022
Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Friday, 3rd June 2022
Summer Bank Holiday Monday, 29th August 2022
Christmas Closure Day TBC
Christmas Day Sunday, 25th December 2022
Boxing Day Monday, 26th December 2022
Christmas Day Bank Holiday (substitute day) Tuesday, 27th December 2022
Christmas Closure Days TBC