In our 2035 Strategy vision statement for People and Culture, we outline our ambition to create a vibrant, inclusive and supportive community distinguished by strong collaboration and communication between academic and professional practitioners, between academics from different disciplines and between academics and students. This in turn will foster a place where students, educators, researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs can flourish and excel. We are committed to continuously developing and supporting diversity, inclusivity and openness to foster a trust-based culture.
It is therefore vital to ensure our people are skilled and confident and have the resilience and agility to take changing contexts in their stride. A means of achieving these aims is by providing personal and professional career development for staff, and secondments can play an important role in this process.
A secondment is an arrangement whereby an employee is temporarily assigned to work for a different part of the University, or in a different role or for a separate organisation. Secondments can offer a number of benefits to both the University and its employees. Secondments can be an effective way of bringing additional experience into a Department or the University and/or building links with other institutions/external organisations to the benefit of all parties involved.
Secondments are a development opportunity but they are not a right and are subject to operational requirements as detailed in this policy.
A secondment can be on a full-time or part-time basis and will be paid at the grade for the secondment role.