Flexi-Time Working Policy
The main purpose of this scheme is to provide a more flexible system of attendance for staff (excludes Faculty), within certain defined limits. Please note that flexi-time is different from “flexible working arrangements” which also exist in the University. Flexible working arrangements include part-time working, job sharing, working greater hours during peak periods and reduced hours during slower times, working remotely/from home; which are not recorded on a flexi-time system and thus do not involve staff building up hours where they can take a “flexi-day” leave.
Further details can be found here.
Job Sharing Policy
The purpose of job sharing is to allow staff (excluding faculty) to opt for a more flexible working arrangement for a temporary/indefinite period of time in order to facilitate the balancing of work with other commitments. We recognise that people should be able to continue their career and welcome the opportunity to use their skills on a part-time basis. Job sharing is a way two people voluntarily share the duties of one post between them. Further information is provided here: Job Sharing for Non-Academic Staff Policy and Job Sharing for Technical Staff Policy.
Core Meeting Hours Policy
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all School meetings take place during core meeting hours, defined as the hours between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, as part of a range of actions intended to support a family-friendly working environment. Further details can be found
Out of Hours Email Policy
This policy is designed to promote employee wellbeing by demonstrating the importance of recovery time away from work and support other policies such as Core Meeting Hours which promote a family-friendly working environment. As in UCD, the School of Economics is committed to "no check" email norm wherein there is no
expectation that staff check email outside of core hours. Further details can be found
School Social Event Policy
In order to further support and foster a sense of community within the School of Economics, a number of social events take place each year, including for example, Christmas parties, start and end of year events, etc. The School will normally provide a four-week notice of any events taking place off campus and/or outside of core hours to facilitate those with caring duties and other commitments.
Further details on these supports can be found on UCD HR website at
The University’s Recruitment and Selection Policy ensures that our resourcing of staff is fair, rigorous and transparent. It is the Policy of University College Dublin to ensure that the best candidate for the job is selected. All decisions relating to recruitment and selection must be consistent with the criteria outlined for the post. Commitment to this principle of appointment on merit reflects the University's Policy on Equal Opportunities. More details can be found at on UCD HR website at
As set out in its strategy, UCD values excellence and understands that
excellent performance requires excellent people working in a supportive environment.
The strategy states that:
“UCD will continue to attract excellent and diverse students, faculty and staff from around Ireland
and around the world, and will put in place appropriate support measures to develop and retain
the members of our community”.
UCD HR details the relevant information on their website at https://www.ucd.ie/hr/promotions/
The University employs an Employee Relations and Policy Manager who works with colleagues from across the university to enhance a progressive and collaborative Employee Relations culture. They provide supportive, solution-focused practices for managers and employees, aiming to make UCD an employer of choice.
Protected Disclosures Policy
The purpose of the Protected Disclosures Policy is to encourage an employee within the University to make a disclosure of any potential wrongdoing of which they become aware and for the University to provide protection for the person making the disclosure. This policy provides guidelines as to how and to whom a Protected Disclosure should be made.
UCD is committed to the promotion of an environment which fosters mutual respect and understanding between individuals and its constituent communities. Mediation is a framework for resolving conflict in an informal manner which is impartial and objective and aims to resolve conflict at the earliest opportunity.
More information at http://www.ucd.ie/equality/support/mediation/
Wellbeing, Training, and Development
UCD Employee Assistance Service
Staff and Student Support
If any student or member of staff in the School of Economics has concerns about or are experiencing bullying, harassment, or discrimination there are a number of people they can approach for assistance in confidence and with discretion: The thought of reporting an instance of bullying or harassment can seem daunting and isolating. If you are considering initiating the complaints process, we recommend you consult the UCD Dignity and Respect Process flowchart for a transparent overview of the steps involved. This will help to ensure you know everything you need to feel confident about approaching one of our contact people.
Performance for Growth
Performance for Growth (P4G) is the UCD framework that provides the opportunity for all employees to have at least one annual conversation with their line manager, Head of School or alternate reviewer, within which: achievements and challenges of the previous year are reflected on and feedback is provided; goals and objectives for the coming year are agreed; a development plan, if required, is discussed and agreed; career aspirations are explored and supported where possible.
Training and Development Policy
The University recognises that lifelong learning is essential for developing individual careers and for dealing the with demands of an increasingly complex and changing work and societal environment. Our aim is to support individuals and groups to address some of these challenges through the provision of a comprehensive development portfolio. More information here on the HR Training and Development Policy.