Following a University-wide call in July 2023 for staff participation in a series of Pay & Conditions focus groups, a further call was shared in the University Bulletin sent to all staff on 4 September 2023, to encourage staff in specific groups that are currently under-represented in the volunteer pool to consider self-nominating. Staff were also invited to share their feedback and ask questions about the review using this staff feedback form.
Self-nominations from colleagues in the Department for Continuing Education, GLAM and Humanities, staff in grades 1–5 and 9–10 across the University, and academic and research staff at all career stages are particularly welcome, to help optimise representation in the focus group cohorts. The deadline for self-nominations from staff in these groups is 14 September 2023.
The Pay & Conditions Steering Committee is committed to involving staff in its work. As part of its review, staff focus groups will be held in late September or October 2023, each running for approximately 90 minutes, on topics such as pay, financial benefits, non-financial benefits, pay structures and processes for progression, recognition, and fixed-term contracts. These will give participants the opportunity to engage with the committee’s work, and will help the committee to identify staff priorities and gather insight for its final report.
Due to capacity limitations and the need to ensure as representative a mix of participants as possible, the committee cannot guarantee that all self-nominated staff will be invited to join a focus group but will aim to include as many staff as possible.