Capability Procedure

The Capability Procedure is still the subject of much discussion between Aberdeen UCU officers and the University. We initially saw the procedure as a positive step as it promised to deliver support to staff who were, for whatever reason, struggling to meet the requirements of their role. Unfortunately, we have had reports of a number of instances where is has been used punitively and triggered by issues that are not really anything to do with capability (eg non-inclusion in the REF). We continue to raise this at our regular meetings with the University, and are supporting members who are affected.

We would like to hear from you, in confidence, if you have attended, or been asked to attend, a meeting under the capability procedure at either the formal or informal stage. Email us at