Employment Services

HR Employment Services is your first point of contact for any general HR issues including recruitment, terms and conditions, annual leave, HR policies and procedures, temporary services, honorary appointments and family friendly (maternity/paternity). The team also act as the first port of call for assistance with casework (such as discipline, capability, attendance management and dignity at work) at the early/informal stages of procedures and support the redeployment process.

We are also here to help job applicants with any queries about vacancies or the application process.

For general enquiries please call +44 (0)1224 273500 or email HRESC@abdn.ac.uk.

Details of team responsibilities and contacts are below.

Employment Support Services

Provides HR support for general enquiries and administration associated with new starts, temporary services appointments, honorary appointments, variations to contracts, leavers and maintaining employee records. 

Example queries:

"I am an existing member of staff and I want to replace a damaged or faulty ID badge"

"I am an existing member of staff and I want to obtain an employment reference"

Team Leader:

  • TBC

Employment Services Assistants:

Clerical Assistant:


Provides an end-to-end service through the recruitment process, once vacancies are approved, from advertising to issuing of contracts of employment.


Example query:

"I am an existing member of staff and I want to recruit a new member of staff"


Team Leader: 

  • For recruitment enquires relating to Senior Recruitment please contact: Isaac Closs on icloss@abdn.ac.uk | +44 (0)1224 274225

Recruitment Assistants:

  • For recruitment enquires relating to the College of Life Sciences and Medicine or Professional Services please contact: Alison Hunter on alison.hunter@abdn.ac.uk | +44 (0)1224 273458
  • For recruitment enquires relating to the College of Physical Sciences or the College of Arts and Social Sciences please contact: Lannair Mcardle on lannair.mcardle@abdn.ac.uk | +44 (0)1224 273748
Redeployment Advisers

Provides support to managers and staff in respect of the Redeployment/avoidance of redundancy procedure.


Example query:

"I am an existing member of staff and I want to discuss redeployment" 




Systems Support

Systems Administrator

HR Advisers & HR Partners

HR Partners support their respective schools/colleges with:

  • strategic HR-related matters
  • change management
  • non-routine, complex casework (e.g. disciplinary, grievances, capability, dignity at work, attendance management)

HR Advisers support their respective schools/colleges with:

Provide advice on HR policies and procedures, initial point of contact for recruitment and first line assistance with casework at the early/informal stages of procedures.

Example queries:

"I am an existing member of staff and I want to discuss maternity/paternity options"

"I am an existing member of staff and I want to alter my existing contract"

Head of HR Partners

HR Partner (Policy/Strategy)

College of Arts & Social Sciences

School of Law and School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

School of Education

School of Social Science


School of Divinity, History and Philosphy


Business School
College of Physical Sciences


College of Life Sciences and Medicine

Institute of Medical Sciences, HERU, HSRU, College Teaching Team

Institute of Education for Medical and Dental Sciences, Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health, Institute of Applied Health Sciences

School of Biological Sciences and Psychology

Professional Services

Estates and Human Resources


Student Life

 IT Services

All other areas

Management Team

Head of HR Partners

Specialist Services

HR Specialist Services is responsible for the delivery of strategic HR projects/specialist services and support to the University in the following areas: 

  • Strategic projects: development and implementation of strategic HR projects that support the delivery of the University‚Äôs strategy e.g. internationalisation/transnational education
  • HR Policy: development, maintenance and implementation of HR policies and procedures that support the strategic, operational and people management needs of the University;
  • Pay and Reward: development and implementation of pay and benefits strategy and associated policies and procedures;
  • Organisational Development: through initiatives such as Healthy Working Lives.
  • Equality and Diversity: embedding practice including initiatives such as Athena Swan and Gender Equality Mark

Staff Development

The Staff Development Team are here to support you in the development of your skills, attitudes and knowledge in the areas of leadership, management and personal development.

General Enquiries

Staff Development
University Office King's College
AB24 3FX
Tel: +44 (0)1224 273963
Email: staffdevelopment@abdn.ac.uk