Positive Work Relationships
Equality and Diversity
The University is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and diversity.
The University’s Gender Initiative provides a channel for women’s views to come to the fore. The Athena SWAN Charter aims to advance the representation of women in science, engineering and technology (SET). The University holds numerous awards and has been described by Athena Swan as a, "National leader in gender-equitable employment practices".
Queen's offers essential guidance and support to all new International Staff.
The University is committed to supporting staff with disabilities. An action plan has been developed and funds are made available to support disabled staff in the work place.
Promoting Positive Working Relationships
At Queen’s University we seek to ensure all individuals are treated fairly and with “dignity and respect” (Equality and Diversity Policy). This commitment applies to everyone who works in the University.
The University has introduced an Internal Staff Mediation Service to provide an informal way of quickly and effectively resolving conflict within the work place and further embedding a positive organisational culture. Full details on the service and how to access it are available in the Internal Staff Mediation Guidelines.
The Bullying and Harassment Procedure and Harassment Advisory Service along with Grievance Procedures have been developed to support staff encountering difficulties in the workplace and to provide clear guidelines and mechanisms to support the complaints process. Full details and further support are available on the Equal Opportunities website.
Family Friendly and Work Life Balance Initiatives
Queen’s innovative approach to family friendly employment initiatives has been recognised at the Family Friendly Employer Awards 2014. The University was Highly Commended in the Public Sector Category of the annual awards which recognise and celebrate organisations that provide and promote family friendly working practices.
Recognising the changing demands of family life, several schemes and benefits are offered to help staff achieve balance with work and home life. The related policies are outlined below.
The Flexible Work Policy allows staff to apply to adjust their working patterns to support their personal work life balance.
Working parents can also apply for unpaid leave under the Parental Leave Policy to care for their children.
The University has three main Child Care sites within the wider campus offering a wide range of Child Care support.
The University operates a Childcare Voucher Scheme. Staff joining the Scheme can make savings on childcare costs.
Bereavement and Dependant Leave affords members of staff time off when difficult circumstances arise.
The aim of the Career Break Scheme is to facilitate members of staff who wish to take an unpaid break from their career, for example, to allow staff to carryout personal caring responsibilities or to conduct further education or appropriate research activity.
Staff Preparing for Retirement is a course designed for staff approaching retirement and is dedicated to ensuring this transition is as seamless as possible.