Appealing individual staff circumstances decisions
Individual members of staff who have submitted a claim for a reduction in outputs due to their individual circumstances have the right to appeal against a decision of the Individual Staff Circumstances Panel.
How to appeal
Staff who wish to appeal should approach the Director of HR. The Director of HR will attempt to resolve the matter, meeting with the individual as necessary. The Director of HR will confirm the decision in writing to the member of staff concerned, normally within five working days of the meeting.
Individual Staff Circumstances Appeals Panel
If this does not resolve the issue then the member of staff should submit a letter to the Chair of the Individual Staff Circumstances Appeals Panel within 10 working days following receipt of the written decision from the Director of HR, stating the grounds of the appeal and including any supporting evidence.
The Individual Staff Circumstances Appeals Panel will meet to consider the appeal case within 15 working days from receipt of the appeal. Given the time restricted nature of the process, alternative appeal dates will not be offered other than in exceptional circumstances. The member of staff making the appeal may attend the meeting with their workplace colleague or union representative if they wish.
The Chair of the Individual Staff Circumstances Appeals Panel may seek further clarification of the case if the Panel consider this to be necessary.
Membership of the Appeals Panel
- Principal or Deputy Principal (Chair)
- One member of the professoriate not involved in the selection of staff on academic grounds
- College Secretary or their nominee, and not previously involved in the Individual Staff Circumstances Panel
- A representative from Human Resources not previously involved in the Individual Staff Circumstances Panel
Decisions of the Appeals Panel
A written response will be provided by the Chair of the Individual Staff Circumstances Appeals Panel within five working days of the meeting or the receipt of any additional information that is requested. There will be no further right of appeal.
For more details see section M of the College REF Code of Practice