The University is committed to seeking to avoid staff redundancies.

The procedure that will be followed to underpin the principles and processes for carrying collective and individual consultation regarding the avoidance of redundancy is outlined in the document below.

Information on various support mechanisms offered by the University and answers to a selection of freqently asked questions can be found below.

Support Mechanisms

Careers and Employability Service

The Careers and Employability Service can assist with career planning, CVs and practice interviews. To book an appointment please register using CareerConnect.

Career Planning for Redeployment Candidates Course

This online course has been created to support staff with career planning during a period of redeployment.

Please contact Redeployment for any queries.

External Sources

Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE): PACE is part of Skills Development Scotland and their advisers can provide free, impartial advice to individuals at risk of redundancy.

Jobcentre Plus (Rapid Response Service): The Jobcentre may also be able to pay for things like vocational training and can help you get back into work quickly. You must have started your notice period first.

Redeployment Vacancies Webpage

Members of staff who are at risk of redundancy will have redeployment opportunities made available to them through the Internal Vacancies webpage. Redeployment vacancies are clearly marked as such and tagged appropriately so you can search for redeployment vacancies.

The University's new recruitment webpage launched in January 2016. Register an account to apply for vacancies.

Please contact Redeployment for further information.

Staff Development, Courses and Training

ABVenture: The ABVenture Zone at the University of Aberdeen supports growing businesses and encourages entrepreneurs to develop new products and services.

Centre for Academic Development: The Centre supports staff and students from across the University of Aberdeen in teaching, learning, research and professional development.

Course bookings: The University provides a range of free courses for employees run by Staff Development, IT Services and the Centre for Academic Development.

IT Learner’s toolkit:  The toolkit delivers tips, tools and techniques to staff and students.

Staff Wellbeing and Employee Assistance

The Staff Wellbeing Coordinator Service aims to provide support to staff who would like to chat through wellbeing concerns. This could be in relation to stress, work relationships, work/life balance or mental health issues. The list of Staff Wellbeing Coordinators can be found here.

Care First: (login using Username: aberdeen Password: employee). Through Care First, employees have access to discuss work-related or personal issues as well as information, such as legal or financial advice. This is a confidential service available to University employees.

Support for Researchers

Job-seeking for Researchers: a list of external resources can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am on a project/activity limited contract. What support mechanisms are available to me?
  • 12 months prior to project/activity completion date you and your line manager will receive an email notification reminder this is an opportunity to explore opportunities for continued employment at the University but this does not form part of any formal consultation process.

  • Within 6 months of the project/activity coming to an end you will be invited to a consultation meeting with your Head of School/Section and HR Redeployment Adviser and engage in exploring opportunities for continued employment at the University.

  • A date will be established for a follow up meeting with your Head of School/Section and HR Redeployment Adviser. Should nothing further be confirmed for continued employment at this point then the steps involved with the redundancy policy will be explained.

  • Should a formal notice of redundancy be issued, attempts to find continued employment through the established redeployment routes shall continue until your last day of service.

Can I bring someone with me to a consultation meeting?

Yes, you can bring a colleague or trade union representative if you wish.

Can I apply for jobs on the University’s external job page as well as the internal vacancies webpage?

Yes. There is an option to flag yourself as a redeployee if you apply for a post on the University’s external webpage; however it is advisable to apply for posts on the internal vacancies site as this is the only area in which you can view 'redeployment only' posts.

Will I be entitled to a redundancy payment?

If you are unsuccessful in securing continued employment following the redeployment process, you will normally be entitled to statutory redundancy pay (if you've been working at the University for 2 years or more).

Use this calculator to find out how much statutory redundancy you will be entitled to receive.

Will my IT access remain available?

If you are unsuccessful in securing continued employment following the redeployment process, you should transfer all important data to your line manager ahead of departing, because access to your staff IT account will not be granted after you leave.

How can I access the Redeployment Vacancies webpage?

Please follow this link and log in to the Redeployment Vacancies portal using your usual username and password.

Please contact Redeployment for any technical difficulties accessing the portal.