Reward and Recognition Scheme
Information about the Reward and Recognition Scheme for Academic-Related and Support Staff
The Reward and Recognition Scheme for academic-related and support staff was introduced in 2013 and has two elements:
- an annual gathered field review, the Awards for Excellence Scheme, at departmental level, awarding incremental payments within a simplified framework
- Recognition Scheme, under which smaller, more timely awards (£200 before tax in all cases) can be made at departmental level to recognise one-off, outstanding contributions at any time of the year
In light of the uncertain financial position due to COVID-19, Personnel Committee considered possible pay mitigations for the next financial year, and its recommendations were approved by Council on 22 June. These mitigations include putting all discretionary pay awards for all staff groups on hold until further notice. This included the Reward and Recognition Scheme awards.
It is too early to reinstate the more expensive elements of discretionary pay, but it has been agreed that the Recognition element of the Reward and Recognition Scheme (i.e. the £200 one-off, non-pensionable payment for an exceptional piece of work) should be re-introduced, therefore allowing a relatively low-cost means of providing timely financial recognition to individual staff members who are working exceptionally hard to deliver exemplary service at this current time. The Awards for Excellence Scheme (the gathered field to award one-off or recurrent increments) remains on hold.
Further details of the pay mitigations are available here.