Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information

Welcome to Human Resources

The departmental mission of Human Resources is to support the University in the accomplishment of its strategic business objectives by providing a high quality, continuously improving and comprehensive service to clients.

In light of the current circumstances in relation to Covid -19 the Human Resources Department is working remotely at this time. As such, any queries or requests for information should be sent electronically as Bryn Afon will not be open in the normal manner. To assist you in directing your queries to the most appropriate team member please see the page titled ‘Staff Contacts and Office Location’.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation during these exceptional times.

Latest News

‘Furlough’ scheme

The University is utilising the Governement’s Job Retention Scheme, commonly referred to as ‘Furlough’. Further information in the form of a FAQ is available via the link below, which was updated further to the changes made to the scheme from the 1st of July.

Carry over of annual leave

The Covid-19 outbreak is affecting the way all of us are living our lives currently. At a time when we are working with adverse situations and potentially conflicting demands it is more important than ever to take our full annual leave allocation.

This situation is developing after what has already been a long period of the Academic year and we recognise the importance of staff members taking a break from work. For those working from home the boundaries between work and home can become blurred.

Staff members are therefore encouraged to use their annual leave and take a break, following our usual practice which means normally carrying over no more than 5 days into next year.

For staff who entered into a salary sacrifice arrangement to purchase annual leave,  owing to the current situation, the carry over of more than 5 days will be possible.

Salary Sacrifice Benefits

As part of the ongoing response to the Covid 19 situation the provision of salary sacrifice benefits have recently been reviewed.  

Taking into account the ongoing review of annual leave arrangements, possible furloughing of some staff and that all of us are living with significant restrictions on how we go about our day to day lives the decision has been made that:-

Cycle to Work

The May 2020 Cycle to Work window will be postponed and rescheduled.   Pending a further review,  it is hoped that the scheme will be opened again  in June 2020 (1st of June – 30th of June).

Buying Annual Leave Scheme

The July 2020 Buying Annual Leave window will not be opened this year.   A further review will be undertaken at a later date with regards to the October 2020 and January 2021 window


Your wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak.

We have developed and collated information and resources in relation to your wellbeing during the Covid- 19 outbreak, click here for further information.

Promotions and Progression Round

January’s promotion and progression and contribution round for staff grades 1-9 will go ahead. There will be an extended closing date of Friday 13th March, and all applications received by that date will be considered.

We will also be suspending the Professorial and Reader promotion rounds after the deadline of Friday 13th March.

There will be no promotion cycle in July 2020.

Care First Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)

As we enter into a new year we would like to remind staff members of the tools and resources that are available within the Employee Assistant Programme. The site contains a host of webinars, articles, and the Care First Zest website and mobile app is your free, interactive health and personal fitness portal.

Log on today and register for access to –

  • Personalised Training Programme – Improve Cardio, Strength, Conditioning and Flexibility. Personal progress is tracked graphically and programmes are automatically updated as you progress

  • Tailored Weight Management Programme – Calorie controlled programme which interacts dynamically with your personal fitness programme

  • Interactive Food and Exercise Diary - Record foods consumed and activities completed on a daily basis. The interactive food cupboard allows you to create balanced meals, menus and food lists

  • Set Your Own Goals - Complete your confidential assessment and select the goals that are important to you and your wellbeing.

This is in addition to the Care 1st counselling service which is available via the telephone, on-line, and face to face, providing confidential and impartial advice and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  This is free of charge, available to all staff members, with further information contained on the HR webpages.

Strategic Objectives

The Human Resources Strategy at Bangor University is designed to underpin the Strategic plan “Building on Success” 2015-2020. This Strategy supports the continued successes of the University to “be the best we can”, providing:

  • An excellent education and student experience in which research-informed, student focussed teaching and learning is supported by innovative methods of delivery and assessment, a caring ethos, a strong sense of community and a wealth of extracurricular activities.
  • An environment where the research community has the best opportunity to thrive at all levels, supporting the “pinnacles of excellence” and nurturing new areas of research.
  • Development of our international reputation and giving students the intercultural expertise demanded in the global economy.
  • Continued contribution to the Welsh culture, economy and fostering of the Welsh language.

Please click here to view the HR Strategy for the period 2016 to 2020 Strategic Objectives.

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