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Additional rest days

Recognising the continued pace and level of commitment of the University community through 2020, VCEG have agreed to further additional closure days on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th December 2020.  The extra days will allow many staff a good break, but they are also to thank staff and to support your wellbeing by providing days when most people can stop working, there is no email traffic nor any meetings.

The additional rest days, which will have no impact on your annual leave entitlement, will operate as follows (this is the same as the additional rest days at Easter and August bank holiday):

  • If you are full-time and not an essential worker who has to work on that day, you get the designated days as additional rest days.
  • If you are an essential worker who has to work on those days, your manager will allocate additional rest days on the earliest available day.
  • If you are booked on leave on these days, your manager will allocate additional rest days on the earliest days following the end of your holiday. (We need to make sure the additional days are taken as early as possible and not deferred until later in 2021.)
  • If you are part-time or work compressed hours (e.g. 9 day fortnight) and not scheduled to work on these days, your manager will allocate additional rest days on the earliest available days.
  • If you are term-time and not scheduled to work on these days, your manager will allocate additional rest days on the earliest available days. This could be early in January 2021. Managers will have to designate the alternative days as early as possible in the term-time period. This may not be the same alternative day for each employee for operational reasons.
  • The additional rest days would be pro-rata for part-time staff, as with current closure days and holidays.

If your working arrangement isn't covered here or you have any questions, please email: humanresources@exeter.ac.uk.

While many of you will not be able to go away on your planned holidays, it is important that you continue to take any leave that you have booked. It is also important that you book leave and take time off from work in the coming weeks so that you are able to take a proper break from work. The expectation is that all leave allowances are taken during the calendar year. This is important for your and your family’s wellbeing.However, we realise that for some colleagues it has not been and will not be possible to take their full annual leave entitlement due to workload. The Vice Chancellor’s Executive group has agreed that in circumstances where colleagues cannot take all their annual leave this year it will be possible to carry over up to 15 days (pro rata for part time colleagues) with management agreement. We would recommend that managers and colleagues continue a regular dialogue about leave.