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Flexible Working

The Employment Act 2002 gave all eligible employees, with children under six or disabled children under eighteen, the statutory right to request a flexible working pattern. The Act also placed a statutory duty on all employers to consider requests seriously.  From 6 April 2007, the Work and Families (NI) Order 2006, extended the statutory right to request a flexible working pattern to eligible employees who care for certain adults.

In addition to compliance with its statutory duty, the University extended the provision to allow all employees, who have worked continuously for the University for 26 weeks, the right to apply to work flexibly, thereby enabling them to better balance work and home life. The University will give serious consideration to all requests.

Requests to work flexibly may include a change to hours worked or a change to the working pattern. Part time and job share working are examples of flexible working opportunities provided by the University (see Annex 2 for further detail on part time and job share working).

The full university policy and application forms to request flexible working can be found by following the links below:

Policy & Application Form

In addition, many schools provide arrangments for informal flexible working arrangements - these should be discussed with your line manager or Head of School.