Welcome to the Human Resources (HR) website.

The HR Department is structured to enable a customer focused and responsive service to both the academic and support departments within the College as well as the general public. We support a range of initiatives to make the Royal Veterinary College a great place to work.

This site has been developed to help RVC employees and the general public gain easy access to information about HR and the services we provide.

If you have any questions or comments about the site, please contact us on hrsystems@rvc.ac.uk.

To get in touch with a member of the HR Team, please visit the HR Contact Details page.

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Latest Developments

Industrial Action

Members of staff may be aware that the University & College Union (UCU) has called for industrial action on 25th & 26th May in support of their campaign for an increased pay award.

The proposed action will comprise of:

  • a two-day strike on 25th and 26th May
  • on-going ‘action short of a strike’ - involving 'working to contract' - from 25th May

The College hopes that everybody, other than those who have already made arrangements to take leave on the 25th & 26th May will come to work as usual, so that services to students, clients and colleagues can be maintained.

The 'working to contract' action means that staff are still expected to abide by the terms of their contract, including the obligation to perform their duties in an efficient manner. Therefore, the College expects all staff to fulfil their contractual obligations, including the prioritisation of essential work such as marking and assessment to ensure that commitments are met within expected timescales.

Regrettably, for those concerned, but in line with usual practice when strikes are called, the College will deduct pay from the salary of each member of staff taking part in the industrial action. The College will continue to pay employee’s USS pension contributions, which maintains life assurance cover while participating in strike action. Employees will continue to make pensions contributions as a percentage of their pensionable pay.

As this month’s payroll deadline has already passed, deductions for those staff who do participate in industrial action will be made from June salaries.

Please inform your Head of Department if you intend to:-

  • take strike action on 25th & 26th May
  • support strike action if you are not a union member, or a member of UCU, by refusing to cross a picket line.

So that the appropriate adjustment to your salary can be made, please complete the Notification to Participate in Strike Action form and return it to Laraine Stevenson in Human Resources by Thursday 2nd June 2016.

SAUL Pension Scheme Changes

Important information regarding the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL)

Following a period of consultation with members and prospective members, changes to the SAUL Scheme have now been finalised.
These changes will be introduced from 1 April 2016 and will affect all current members as well as those joining the scheme in the future.
Full details of the agreed changes can be found on the SAUL website at:- http://www.saul.org.uk/1/972

Staff briefings were held at both campuses during January and February and the slides from these presentations are available here
Information about the Lifetime Allowance and the Annual Allowance can be found  here
Information about the DGS Chartered Financial Planners can be found  here

Management Development Programme

We are pleased to announce the launch of the RVC’s new Management Development Programme (MDP).

The MDP is a collection of toolkits which supports managers as they move through the different stages of their development. The programme is delivered in a modular format across both campuses through classroom type training and is further supported through our online toolkit literature.

This is a mandatory management course for all new staff at grade 6 or above with appraisal responsibility and presents a unique opportunity to build networks throughout the College with fellow managers. Although this is mandatory for new staff, the programme provides a range of benefits and therefore current managers are strongly encouraged to register.

To view the online programme and for details on how to register please visit the following page: Managment Development Programme

Re-accreditation of Disability Two Ticks Symbol

We are pleased to confirm that the RVC has been re-accredited by Department of Work and Pensions in the continued use of the Disability ‘Two Ticks’ Symbol. This is national initiative and our re-accreditation confirms our commitment to recruiting, retaining and supporting disabled staff – further details about this initiative are available on the DirectGov website.

For further information, please contact Human Resources on hr@rvc.ac.uk or 01707 666380.

USS Pension Scheme Changes

Important information regarding the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

Following a period of consultation with members and prospective members, changes to the USS Scheme have now been finalised.
These changes will be introduced in phases from 1 April 2016 and will affect all current members as well as those joining the scheme in the future.
Full details of the agreed changes can be found on the USS website at:- https://forthefuture.uss.co.uk/en/member-area

Staff briefings were held at both campuses during January and February and the slides from these presentations are available here
Information about the Lifetime Allowance and the Annual Allowance can be found  here
Information about the DGS Chartered Financial Planners can be found  here

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