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Summary of main terms and conditions of employment


The salary range for each position is indicated in the vacancy information documents. The exact salary offered will be agreed with the recruiting manager. Annual increments will be applied where the salary is linked to a grade within our pay scale, subject to performance. Salaries outwith the pay scale will be reviewed on an annual basis.

Incremental increases are applied on 1 August each year for all eligible employees with six months service in that role. Those with less than six months service will receive an incremental increase in August of the following year.

Salaries are paid monthly by direct transfer to your bank of building society account, normally on the last Friday of each month. The general level of salaries are reviewed annually subject to the business needs of the organisation.


The annual leave entitlement for a full year is 39 days (pro-rata for part-time staff). This includes all general and public holidays and the annual closure period when we are closed in the interest of efficiency (a seven day period over Christmas and New Year). The leave year operates from 1 August to 31 July of each year.

Sickness absence

Employees absent from work by reason of illness will receive allowances up to a maximum (with four years service) of 24 weeks full pay and 24 weeks half pay in any twelve month period.


There are currently two workplace pension schemes in operation depending upon the grade of the role. These are the Local Government Pension Scheme and the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Both are qualifying pension schemes which meet or exceed the Government's new standards under the pension reforms.

Other benefits

In addition to the items detailed above we offer a range of wellbeing and work-life balance benefits to recognise and reward the essential contribution our staff make to our success and growth. Core benefits include:

  • Flexible working
  • Employee counselling and support
  • Eye care scheme
  • Generous maternity and shared parental leave
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Give as you earn scheme

Working week

Your normal working week, exclusive of lunch breaks, will be 35 hours per week from Monday to Friday unless otherwise specified. Whilst it is anticipated that for the majority of staff the normal working day will be 9.00 am to 5.00 pm with one hour for lunch, department heads have the discretion to vary actual starting and finishing times to accommodate both the operational requirements of the organisation and the wishes of individual employees. For part-time appointments, the exact number of hours will be detailed in the vacancy information documents.


The successful candidate is expected to live within reasonable travelling distance from their normal place of work.


All new employees must attend our formal induction event as part of the probationary period requirements. The induction event provides a valuable insight into the university and includes mandatory training in equality and diversity and health and safety. Local induction will be provided by

Disclosure Scotland checks

Some roles will be subject to Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) or Standard Disclosure checks. This will depend upon the requirements of the role or the location of the post (e.g. if the successful candidate is to be based at one of our academic partner colleges).


Any offer of employment will be subject to receipt of satisfactory references, one of which should be from your current or most recent employer. References will only be collected once a verbal offer of employment has been made.