Staff Health and Wellbeing Updates

July – Staff Wellbeing Updates

Average waiting times for Staff Counselling have been reduced from 8 weeks to 4.2 weeks in the last year. Explore the services and resources available to support your wellbeing at Bristol.

We have introduced a regular termly Open Forum for staff and made it easier for you to ask our senior leaders a question by using the online participation tool, Sli.do. Come along or join the interactive live stream and make the most of the opportunity to have your voice head and feedback your views. A link will follow here shortly. See the questions and answers from the session in May. 

There are also a range of new training courses to support your physical, emotional and financial wellbeing at work. Visit the website to find out more and book your course.

Email Charter

In response to feedback from you in the staff survey, the University has developed an email charter to help redress the reliance on email for communication. We know a number of Schools and Divisions wanted to develop a charter in local staff survey action plans but we would like to adopt one across the University and this has been developed in conjunction with our Trade Union Partners. 

Download Email Charter

Precarious Contracts

The University of Bristol and Bristol UCU continue to work together to reduce the precarious employment of academic and professional services staff on fixed-term contracts of employment. Security of work and excellent staff experience are aims to which both the University and UCU are committed.

This active collaboration follows the submission of Bristol UCU’s Anti-Casualisation Claim October last year, and the joint statement issued by the University and Bristol UCU in January

As a vehicle for ongoing Claim negotiations, the University of Bristol has established a Precarious Contracts Review Group to address the points raised in the Anti-Casualisation Claim. This Review Group is populated by two HR Project Officers working directly for the project, as well as University and UCU representatives. Bristol UCU welcomes the establishment of this Group as a positive commitment from the University to address unnecessary insecure employment.

The University is open to reviewing and consulting on a number of proposals to reduce the number of precarious contracts and has already signalled its commitment to introduce procedures to ensure the issuing of hourly-paid teaching contracts to staff before the start of their teaching.

Through the Precarious Contracts Review Group, both Bristol UCU and the University look forward to presenting positive proposals over the course of 2019.