Terms and conditions – UAL Careers

Terms and conditions

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Summary of terms and conditions of service


The starting salary is usually at the bottom of the quoted salary scale with progress by annual increments effective from 1 August until the maximum competence range of the grade is reached.

Salaries are paid on the last working day of the month directly into bank or building society accounts.

Working times

The standard full time week is:

Non-Academic staff

Grades 1 – 6: 35 hours a week Grades 7 and above: 37 hours a week.

Academic and Research staff

37 hours a week.

Start and finish times are agreed by local line managers and staff are expected to work flexibly to meet operational needs.

Annual leave

The leave year for non-academic staff runs from 1 August to 31 July.

Grades 1 – 4: 31 days annual leave per annum.

Grades 5 and above are entitled to 34 days annual leave per annum.

The leave year for academic and teaching staff runs from 1 September to 31 August. Full-time staff are entitled to 39 days annual leave per annum.

Part-time/fractional staff receive annual leave on a pro-rata basis.

UAL is normally closed between Christmas and New Year and all staff are required to take a maximum of three days leave on those days.

All leave arrangements are subject to approval by the line manager.

Bank and public holidays

Staff are entitled to receive normal remuneration for all bank and public holidays on which they would normally be required to work. Part-time or fractional staff receive bank and public holiday leave on a pro-rata basis.


The University is a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and non-Academic staff automatically become a member of the Scheme.

Further information is available on the LGPS website.

Academic staff who are in teaching positions, are automatically entered into the Teachers’ Pensions (TP) scheme.

Further information is available on the Teachers’ Pensions website.

Academic Career Pathways

UAL staff development programmes help academic and teaching staff to focus their skills and grow their academic career.

As a member of our academic staff you will be placed on one of three pathways: Teaching, Knowledge Exchange, or Research during your probation period. By framing personal development across these pathways, we can ensure we strive for excellence within all areas as a university. All pathways provide a clear progression through to Reader and Professor posts.

Further information is available on the Academic Careers Pathway page.

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