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Staff Supports and Networks

 

BENEFITS - Staff supports The University aims to support its faculty and staff in as many ways as possible. Supports range from various types of special leave to staff support networks, and these are outlined in detail below.
 

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a confidential support service provided by an external provider. The EAP service is available to employees and their immediate family members providing a stepped-care and triage model of delivery supporting employees in areas of general health and well-being, as well as counselling supports.

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UCD Support Colleagues

Support Colleagues are faculty/staff members of the University who have been appointed on a voluntary basis. They are trained as the first point of contact for faculty or staff experiencing difficulties of a bullying or harassment nature.They will provide support under the Dignity and Respect Policy to faculty and staff throughout the University on a strictly confidential basis.

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LGBT Staff Network

There is an established LGBT staff network in the University. The purpose of the network is to allow faculty and staff to meet, network, exchange ideas, socialise and organise activities of interest to LGBT people.  A key aim of the network is provide a safe space - through peer support - for any UCD faculty or staff member that would like to meet with other LGBT staff.

 

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Equality and Diversity Policies and Contacts

The Equality and Diversity Unit is a dedicated resource in the University to promote equality and diversity in its activities. It provides information on compliance with Irish equality legislation, and promotes positive action initiatives so as to ensure equality of opportunity for faculty and staff of the University.

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Compassionate Leave

Compassionate Leave with pay may be granted to provide faculty and staff with time away from work at a time of personal or family need, especially when there is a death in the family. Further details are available in the . 

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Wellness at Work Programmes

A number of health and wellbeing programmes are available for faculty and staff through HR People Development. The HR Learning and Development website provides a list of these programmes and detailed information in relation to each.

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Mediation (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Mediation is a voluntary, confidential process that allows two or more disputing parties to resolve their conflict in a mutually agreeable way with the help of a neutral third party, a mediator. The aim of the mediation service is to resolve disputes at the earliest possible opportunity and to encourage parties to resolve their differences without having to go through a formal process.

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Health and Safety at Work

UCD is committed to providing a safe place of work for all faculty and staff. UCD also expects that all faculty and staff will work in a safe manner and not endanger themselves or those around them by any act or omission that they might make. Further information is available from the UCD Safety, Insurance, Operational Risk and Compliance office.

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Occupational Health

Occupational Health is available to faculty and staff following referral by UCD HR or the UCD Safety, Insurance, Operational Risk and Compliance office. Further information in relation to the role of Occupational Health can be found in the .

 

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Sick Pay Scheme

UCD operates a paid sick pay scheme for faculty and staff that are absent due to injury or ill-health. This is one component of the university’s commitment to supporting staff wellbeing and welfare as part of its overall .

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