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Fixed term contracts


With effect from 1st August 2023, the information on this page that relates to the ending of a fixed term contract has been replaced by the University’s new Employment Procedures and Guidance.

If your fixed term contract is due to end on or before 31 January 2024, the procedures described below relating to the ending of a fixed term contract will continue to apply to you.

A fixed-term contract is one that ends on a specified date or on the occurrence of a particular event such as the loss of funding or the completion of a task.

A staff member who is employed temporarily to replace an absent member of staff should be employed on a fixed-term contract. The termination of the contract is automatic and ends when the regular postholder returns. Neither party needs to give notice.

Further guidance about our procedures is available below.



Related documents

Flowchart - Fixed term contract termination [Ordinance 3.8]

Procedure - Fixed term contracts [Ordinance 3.8]

Policy - Request for permanency

Form - End of FTC Consultation Record

Invite - End of FTC Consultation

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