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Work Life Balance

The University recognises that staff have responsibilities and interests that have to be balanced with working life. It is the University’s aim to create a well managed, flexible working environment that supports staff and their families, promotes welfare, maintains working practices and provides a productive balance between work and life outside work.

A number of policies and initiatives are in place to provide support in this area, and this section provides details of the following policies:


Adoption policy

This document sets out the policy and procedures to be applied to adoption leave and pay.


Academic work planning

The Academic Work Planning Model (AWPM) is a management tool intended to provide a structure and a series of clear principles which will enable an equitable, transparent and consistent approach to the allocation and management of academic staff work planning within Faculties and across the University. 

Guidelines on the Categorisation of Tasks and Allocations 

Planning model for Academic work planning.


Annual leave

Sheet for leave entitlement and recording purposes

These notes are intended to help you to understand the basis of annual leave entitlements in University and to calculate leave entitlements within your department.


Dependants Leave Policy

This policy describes the entitlement of employees to take unpaid leave to deal with urgent and serious problems involving dependants.


Guidance on staff attendance during severe weather

This Guidance Note is intended to provide managers and staff with information on the University’s approach to dealing with employee attendance during exceptional adverse weather conditions.


Flexible working procedure & application form

The University is committed to assisting all staff to achieve work-life balance regardless of their personal circumstances. It has in place a range of leave schemes and facilities to help achieve this.

This policy describes the entitlement of employees to use flexi-time.  The flexi-scheme is intended to allow employees to work pre-arranged times that suit their individual circumstances whilst ensuring that service standards are maintained.

This policy describes the entitlement and eligibility of employees to parental leave.


Maternity policy

This document sets out the policy and procedures to be applied to maternity leave and pay. 

Paternity (Partner) Policy  

This document sets out the policy and procedure of staff to take leave when supporting a pregnant partner or when the employee is the partner of an individual who adopts, or the other member of a couple who are adopting jointly.

York FIS operate an ask anything service. There remit is to provide free and
impartial information on childcare or any service that could support a parent
or carer in their role.


Special leave

Information on Special leave which includes jury service, reserve forces, bereavement


Time Off In Lieu & Overtime

This policy aims to provide guidance to managers and staff on the operation of overtime and TOIL.


University Closures Dates

Closure dates including public, statutory and discretionary holiday days