Two long serving HR staff - Stan Hunter and Linda Cook - will be retiring at the end of September. To wish them well in their retirement, we are holding 'open house' in the Senate Rooms, Castle from 4.30-6.30pm on Thursday 30th September 2010.
Catherine Saxton - HR Officer
Catherine is the new HR Officer for the Faculty of Social Sciences & Health. She is working with HR Manager Lucy Storer to help support the Faculty on HR issues. Catherine previously worked for Gateshead Council.
Deborah Moller-Anderson - HR Officer
Deborah is the new HR contact for the College's Division with HR Manager Susanne Bradley. Deborah previously worked at Durham County Council and Compass Group UK.
For details of your department's HR support team, go to www.durham.ac.uk/hr/contacts.
Retired staff association
Dr Keith Orford is forming an association of staff who have retired from service with Durham University. The purpose of the association is to maintain, for the benefit of the University and the retired staff, the knowledge, experience and contacts of the retired staff within an enlarged academic community.
The association's inaugural meeting is on Thursday 30th September at the Calman Learning Centre. Retired staff who would like to be involved or would like to be added to the association's database, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the implementation of our new online recruitment system in April, to the end of July, i-GRasp had handled 2,980 applicants. To support the University's Green Policy, staff involved in recruitment can now access all their applications through the online system. Applications are accessible immediately after the closing date.
The recruitment team no longer send printed papers to departments. Supporting documents (such as the shortlisting matrix, interview schedule and new appointment form) for the Chair of the interview panel are emailed to the departmental contact.
If you would like to attend a training course on i-GRasp recruitment (course reference PE132) you can book online at www.durham.ac.uk/training.course
Changes to University Statute 39
At their July meeting, the Privy Council approved our proposed changes to University Statute 39. This means the new regulations and procedures are now in use. Statute 39 has been replaced by a shorter, enabling Statute 39 (www.durham.ac.uk/hr/s39reform) and a series of Regulations for all staff to cover areas such as discipline, grievance, redundancy and ill health (www.durham.ac.uk/hr/s39reform) based on current UK employment law.
Training and development
For 2010/11, there are a number of new additions to the training programme, including Support for Mentors and a selection of 'Master Classes' on strategically important topics such as Internationalisation, Strategic Planning and Managing the Effects of Change. There are also courses on the use of LAMS for recording absences and i-GRasp for recruitment. For further information and to book a place, go to www.durham.ac.uk/training.course You will need your ITS username and password.
Through the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) we also support leadership development programmes for team leaders and first line managers. Successful ILM Level 2 students (above) were among staff who celebrated their achievements in a presentation earlier this year.
Annual Staff Review
ASRs will take place for all staff from August to December. A review of ASR took place this Spring and has resulted in a simpler and streamlined scheme.
For details of the revised scheme visit www.durham.ac.uk/hr/annual.staff.review.
Voluntary Severance & Early Retirement Scheme
The University's Voluntary Severance and Early Retirement Scheme has been extended into the academic year 2010-11. For further details visit www.durham.ac.uk/hr/volsev.