Support for staff

Additionally, staff are able to contact HR whilst working from home. Please email your HR Partner or If you'd like to speak to someone on the phone call 01224 273500.  

Disabled Staff

The links below provide information of relevance to disabled staff. For more specific guidance, please contact your Human Resources Officer.

  • There are a number of opportunities for involvement, if you have an interest in disability matters at the University of Aberdeen.
  • Fitness and exercise opportunities for disabled users
  • Library services for disabled users
  • Staff Disability Network Group
Employee Assistance Programme

Care first logoThe University offers staff an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) which provides a free, confidential face to face and telephone counselling service as well as information services.

The EAP is provided by Care First and staff can contact them about work related or personal issues as well as information, such as  legal or financial advice.

Care First is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can be contacted on the freephone number 0808 168 2143.

Online information and counselling are available on the Lifestyle website:
Username: aberdeen
Password: employee

We want to ensure that our staff get the best service possible, therefore we would welcome feedback on the service provided to you by Carefirst. Comments can be sent to

Care First can provide support on a wide range of issues, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Budgeting
  • Bullying
  • Bullying at work
  • Coping with change
  • Debt
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic abuse
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Family problems
  • Food and nutrition
  • Gambling
  • Harassment at work
  • Health information
  • Legal advice
  • Managing money
  • PTSD
  • Relationships
  • Stress at work
  • Stress management
  • Suicide
  • Workplace critical incidents

The PowerPoint presentation and video provide an overview of the services available through Care First.

University of Aberdeen staff have access to a well-being app provided by CareFirst. Details about the application and how to register are available here.

2021 COVID-19 Weekly Publicity Calendar (week commencing 20 September 2021) 

Monday: How Care First can support you

Tuesday: Maintaining working relationships as our working patterns change

Wednesday: National Fitness Day

Thursday: Tips for improving posture

Friday: International Happiness Week at Work

Documents from previous webinars:

Further Materials

May 2021

Dementia Awareness

Mental Health Awareness

Post-Partum (Perinatal Depressions) and Mental Illness

Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA)

Mental Health First Aid is a national training programme and prepares people to be Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs).

Counselling Service - Information for Staff

Letters of Support for Students

The Counselling Service can provide letters of support for students who have talked to a counsellor. Please see the 'Letters of Support Requests from Students' section on their webpage

Staff Seeking Help

Currently the Counselling Service are offering ‘virtual’ counselling on MS Teams for members of staff and students who reside in the UK. They provide what they describe as 'One-at-a Time counselling' meaning that they aim to offer you one appointment at the time of need rather than a block of future appointments. This doesn’t mean you can or will only receive one appointment, it means you just book one appointment at a time. For further information on the Counselling Service and how to contact them, please go to their webpage


Members of the Mediation Team

The following members of the Mediation Team are prepared to take part in Co-Mediation for early dispute resolution:

Name Title Contact Details

Mrs Evelyn Argo

Administrative Technical Staff in the Division of Applied Medicine, School of Medicine and Dentistry +44 (0) 1224 437418
Mr Derek Auchie Senior Lecturer (Scholarship), School of Law

+44 (0) 1224 272425

Mrs Sue Barr

University Named Veterinary Surgeon, School of Medical Sciences


Dr Stephen Bowden

Lecturer, Geology and Petroleum Geology

+44 (0) 1224 273467

Iain Cameron

User Services Manager, TAD & Operational DBA

+44 (0) 1224 273370

Katja Christie

Deputy Academic Registrar, Registry

+44 (0) 1224 273401

Mr Grant Cordiner

Technical Resources Officer, Engineering

+44 (0) 1224 272788

Prof Jane Geddes

Chair in History of Art, School of Divinity, History & Philosophy

+44 (0) 1224 273784

Audrey Innes

Laboratory Technician, School of Geosciences

+44 (0) 1224 273698

Dr Ana Ivanovic

Personal Chair, School of Engineering

+44 (0) 1224 273265

Mrs Marilyn McIntosh

Furnishings, Bookings & Mail Officer, Estates

+44 (0) 1224 272058

Dr Jackie Ravet

Senior Lecturer, Education


Ms Anne Shipley

Head of Student Support, Student Advice & Support

+44 (0) 1224 272023

Mr Duncan Stuart

Head of Infohub

+44 (0) 1224 274366

Mrs Gail Smillie

Relationship Manager, Relationship Management, DIT

+44 (0) 1224 273778

Prof Kees Van Deemter

Chair In Computer Science, Computing Science

+44 (0) 1224 272298


What is Mediation?

Mediation is an effective way of resolving disputes. It involves an independent third party, a Mediator, who helps both sides to reach an agreement.

The role of the Mediator is to help parties to reach a solution to their problem and to arrive at an outcome which both parties are happy to accept. Mediators are entirely independent; they avoid taking sides, making judgements or giving guidance. They are responsible for developing effective communication and building consensus between the individuals who are in dispute.

The focus of a Mediation meeting is to reach a settlement which is agreeable to both parties.

Mediation is a voluntary process and will only take place if both parties agree. It is a confidential process and the content of a Mediation meeting is not disclosed to anyone outside the meeting.

What are the Benefits of Mediation?

Mediation provides a quicker and simpler way of resolving disputes rather than using formal procedures.

The University's Mediation Team

The University has established a Mediation Team. Members of the Mediation Team are fully trained, and are able to provide a Mediation service for all members of staff, and between all levels of staff, with the aim of providing resolution at the early stages of a dispute.

The team adhere to a set of guiding principles to ensure that all members of the Mediation Team demonstrate respect, independence, impartiality and confidentiality, consistent with the European Code of Conduct for Mediation.


The approach to Mediation which has been adopted by Members of the Mediation Team is Co-Mediation. This involves two Mediators who work together as a team.

The advantages of Co-Mediation are:

  • The participants have the advantage of the combined skills of two Mediators whose skills usually enhance and complement each other;
  • There is a better check on any bias or shortcomings which might occur if only one Mediator is used;
  • A participant has a better chance of establishing a sense of trust with at least one of the two Mediators.

How Does Co-Mediation Work?

There are usually three phases to Co-Mediation:

  1. Pre Mediation – once the people involved in the dispute agree to participate in the Mediation process, the Co-Mediators will schedule a separate Pre Mediation meeting with each individual. The purpose of this meeting is to find out more about the individuals' perspectives and to answer any questions about the process. A confidentiality agreement is signed by all the parties at this stage.
  2. Mediation – the people involved in the dispute and the Mediators meet, and the Mediation process is explained in detail. Each person has the opportunity to provide his or her perspective on the dispute. One Mediator will guide the conversation while the other will listen and feedback what has been recorded to check for accuracy. The role of the Mediators is to guide the process to facilitate increased understanding between the people involved in the dispute. Mediation aims to help people achieve a win/win solution to a dispute. This may take some time and the outcome is a Mediation Agreement which is signed by both parties.
  3. Follow Up – It is good practice for one of the Mediators to follow up with the participants in the Mediation process some time after the Mediation has been completed to see how things are progressing.

Further Information and Access to Mediation

Members of the team are able to provide more information on mediation and to make arrangements for mediation to take place.

Multi-faith Chaplaincy

The Multi-faith Chaplaincy offers resources and help for everyone, whatever their situation. Chaplaincy staff work closely with Student Support Services team, and are here for all staff and students on campus - everyone is welcome.

The Chaplaincy Centre is at 25 High Street and is open 09:30 - 16:30, Monday to Friday, throughout the year for visitors.

Chaplaincy staff will happily arrange out of hours meetings for those in need.

Occupational Health

All staff are able to consult the service for advice on health matters. You are encouraged to discuss any health problems relating to your work in the first instance with your line manager however the occupational health service may be able to provide medical advice and assistance in situations where:

  •  You are concerned that some aspect of your job is making you ill
  • You feel that you cannot perform at work to the best of your ability because of a health problem

 Find out more on the Employee Wellbeing section of the Staffnet.