Human Resources is responsible for supporting the University through the delivery of a comprehensive HR service which develops and adopts relevant people management strategies, provides a range of professional support, information and expert advice consistent with employment legislation and best practice.
Even with all the information on our website, it may be that you still can't find the answer to something, or you don't even know where to begin, or you don't feel you can talk to someone face-to-face but would rather email first - then why not Ask humres? This is an email service provided by Human Resources for employees needing advice on any aspect of employment within the University. Employees can contact Human Resources with any query - large or small - and will receive a response within two working days.
If you have a query for Salaries, please see the Salaries page for contact details.
If you have any comments or questions about our site or service, please send an email or contact us directly on 01334 463096.
Brexit - Support for EEA staff
The University recognises the importance that our international community plays in the success of our institution and is intent on ensuring we provide the best support to all our staff and their families. As the UK prepares to exit the European Union, the University understands that this is an uncertain and anxious time for EEA nationals and their families.
The UK Government participates in a two-year negotiation period with the European Union, after triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union. During this time, the terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union will be decided.
Support from the University
The University is committed to protecting the on-going employment and rights of EEA nationals. The University is reliant on the value that the free movement of EEA nationals bring to maintain our strong position as a Scottish University with a global reputation.
As at 1 April 2017, EEA nationals comprise of 14% of the University’s total workforce.
As part of the support to current EEA nationals working at the University, the following activities have been implemented –
- A series of drop-in sessions across the University for EEA colleagues
- Open fora chaired by the Principal and members of the Principal’s Office
- Individual consultation meetings with Human Resources
- Practical advice that we offer through our webpages
- The University covering the cost of applications for permanent residence or an EEA registration certificate.
Further information and support can be found at https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/staff/brexit/ or by contacting Cameron Little in Human Resources on extension 2497 or by email email@example.com
From 6 April 2017 new HMRC legislation will come into force. The new legislation will apply when buying services, whether you are paying an individual, an agency, or the individuals own company (known as a Private Sector Company (PSC)). This legislation does not apply to large companies who employ multiple staff to perform services on behalf of their company.
The new legislation aims to make sure that individuals providing services in the same manner as an employee, pay the same tax and national insurance.
In order to determine if this new legislation applies please complete the new online tool provided by HMRC which can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-employment-status-for-tax (this will take you to an external website).
Full guidance can also be found in the following document: Off Payroll Workers Guidance Notes (PDF, 710 KB)
A better process for new Starts
From April 2016, HR in partnership with IT Services will be introducing some changes to the new start process, to ensure a quicker set up for all new employees at the start of their employment with the University. This will involve changes to how new employees obtain their ID card and as well as how they activate their user account and email.
Within the new start pack, new employees will be encouraged to email their photo to ID Cards ahead of their start date. The ID card will then be produced, and sent to HR ready for collection on the new employee’s first day of employment, when they come into HR with their nationality documents. Each School/Unit will still need to email IDCards to request access to specific doors/buildings as required.
On the receipt of a signed contract, HR will create a new staff record, which will trigger an automated email to the individual (provided a personal email is provided), to enable a new staff account to be created for them ahead of their start date. This account will then sit dormant until the morning of their first day, at which point their staff entitlements will automatically be activated in terms of email account, Office 365, Uniprint and library borrowing. The change to this process is being phased in, and so will only apply to those individuals who return their signed contracts to HR from 4 April 2016; those who return their signed contracts prior to this date (regardless of their contract start date), will still need to attend the IT service desk in the library to activate their user account, as per the current process. Additionally, this will only apply to new starts who have never previously had a University of St Andrews user account, as either a member of staff or student.
It is anticipated that the introduction of these changes will help to reduce time lost on the first day of employment, without the individual members of staff having to make separate visits to ID cards and IT service desk. If there are any squeries or feedback with regards to this change, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.