Human Resources (HR) works in collaboration with all our Strategic Business Units (SBUs) to ensure we are recruiting the best employees for the organisation. We are committed to developing and engaging everyone to provide a community where we are dedicated to giving students the skills, knowledge and experience to launch their careers.
We provide services to support our people regarding all aspects of employment, helping to strengthen our community.
Our teams are responsible for supporting managers and staff in connection to all aspects of employment. This includes staff recruitment and selection, on-boarding/induction, probation and appraisal, development, attendance management, performance and reward.
We work across the University group and with other professional departments particularly People Development and Change, Equality Office and Health, Safety and Wellbeing.
We’re passionate about helping you achieve your full potential, facilitating continued personal development is crucial to our work. Over the past three years we have supported twelve colleagues obtain their HR Master’s, one colleague through their HR Information Master’s degree and another pursue an apprenticeship.
Teams within HR:
The HR Compliance Team is dedicated to supporting managers and staff to act within employment and right to work regulations; this includes working with managers and teams for better understanding of employment requirements, the sponsorship of international staff and visitors for work visas and the ensuring any criminal record checks meet the Disclosure and Barring Service requirements. Our remit also includes project work, particularly in areas covered by the Equality requirements.
Employee Support Team
We are responsible for checking and processing all contractual changes for salaried staff including issuing contractual letters, amending any employment details, updating and maintaining computerised and manual staff records, progressing renewal visa/work permit checks and assisting with promotions, restructures and annual leave. We are usually the first point of contact for staff with any queries.
We are the first point of call for any queries relating to visiting lecturers or casual staff. We oversee the employment life cycle form start to finish, including recruitment, pre-employment checks, changes to contracts and the leaver process.
HR Information Systems
The HR Information System Team maintain and develop the University’s HR System, liaising with the software suppliers Core HR, creating a detailed development roadmap, managing the University’s staff portal, and supporting managers and superusers who use the product.
We also provide data for internal reporting including a suite of reports for HR and senior managers, a monthly People Management Report and annual reports. We also provide external reports for statutory legislative requirements to HESA, UCEA and OFS Remuneration Surveys, Gender Pay, etc. as well as submissions to Athena Swan and Race Equality Charter Mark. Additionally, the team respond to any HR related Freedom of Information Requests.
Learning and Organisation Development
The Learning and Organisation Development (L&OD) team provides staff and organisational development initiatives to ensure delivery of the University’s HR People Plan. The team of L&OD Business Partners and Facilitators work with key stakeholders to identify learning, organisational design and developmental requirements and deliver effective solutions, bespoke or generic, to meet their needs.
As well as providing a scheduled programme of workshops covering leadership and management, personal skills and induction, we support other areas across the University, delivering their development (Health and Safety or Equality, Diversity and Inclusion). We lead on many strategic people projects and are a key member of many university advisory groups.
The Recruitment Salaried team support the University with the recruitment of all permanent and fixed term salaried staff. It is our responsibility to ensure the organisation provides a fair and transparent recruitment process and we work closely with recruitment managers to ensure that the best candidates are recruited into our vacancies.