Human Resources

Financial Assistance

Part-time Courses of Study Fund

Applicants must read the Guidelines for Financial Assistance and Support for Staff Undertaking Approved Part-time Courses of Study to ensure your application is eligible for support prior to completing the form.

Guidelines for Financial Assistance and Support for Staff Undertaking Approved Part-time Courses of Study 2016/17

Part-time Courses of Study Financial Assistance Application Form 2016/17

Study Leave

It is recommended that study/examination leave will be offered to staff when the course fee is being met by the University at 100% or 50%. One study leave day per examination plus time to attend an examination is considered a reasonable example. This must be fully discussed and agreed in advance between the Head of Area and the staff member taking into account work commitments.   It would be expected that additional leave would not be granted for courses of study not being supported by the University.


Short Course/Conference Fund

The Short Course/Conference Fund is a limited budget which is open each academic year to all staff.  As with other budgets in recent years, this fund has been reduced with a corresponding impact on the number of staff we have been able to support and the duration of budget availability.  This year we have also received an unprecedented number of applications early in the academic year. Unfortunately, the STDU budget for the 2015/16 Short Courses/Conferences has now been fully allocated and no further applications can be accepted. There may be a possibility that additional funding will become available later in the year if staff who have been allocated funding do not attend their course/conference; if another round of funding can be offered, this will be advertised in Staff Round-up.                                

Application forms for courses/conferences taking place after 1 August in the 2016-17 academic year will be available from 1 July 2016, however, staff cannot apply retrospectively for a course/conference.


Funding to attend HEaTED Training Courses (Technical Staff only)

All applications must be made in advance, discussed and signed off by the relevant Head of Area.


Contract Research Staff Training and Development Fund (Suspended)

The Staff Training and Development Unit established this fund to support school-based training opportunities for contract research staff.  Unfortunately, the fund is currently suspended due to a decrease in the funding made available by RCUK for research development activities.   For further information please see Contract Research Staff Training and Development Fund


Focussed support for Schools and Departments

In addition to the centrally organised events, STDU many be able to support and advise on how to address specific needs within different areas in the University.