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Grievance explained


With effect from 1st August 2023, the information on this page has been replaced by the University’s new Employment Procedures and Guidance.

The information on these pages will only be applicable if you are involved in a formal procedure which started prior to 1st August 2023.

All members of University staff should be treated fairly and with respect. There may be times when you are unhappy about the treatment that you have received or about any aspect of your work.

If attempts to resolve the situation informally have been unsuccessful, it may be appropriate for you to raise a formal grievance. Our procedures provide a fair and consistent way of dealing with situations where a formal grievance is raised.

All University procedures are underpinned by the principles of natural justice and the ACAS code of practice.

View the Employee Relations Toolkit here.

Policies and guidance

Flowchart - Grievance Level 1-3.pdf

Flowchart - Grievance Level 4+ and academic [Ordinance 3.12].pdf

Guidelines - Grievance procedure.pdf

Procedure - Grievance Level 1-3.pdf

Procedure - Grievance Level 4+ and academic [Ordinance 3.12].pdf

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