For Staff

July enews: USS pension scheme

The staff enewsletter is brought to you by the Communications team. If you'd like to let us know what you think of the enewsletter, be it positive or negative, please send your comments to


USS pension scheme review

The USS Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) has accepted the package of pension scheme proposals put forward by the employers. These proposals now form the recommendation from the JNC that will be considered by the USS Trustee Board at its meeting on 22 July.

For more information about the scheme see


Fit notes

'Sick notes' have been replaced by 'fitness to work notes' following changes in legislation. Guidance is available on the human resources website, see


IT Shop closing

As part of the University's economies exercise, the IT Shop will close on 30 July 2010. To buy IT goods for faculties or services in the future we recommend you use Science Warehouse.  Software for personal and student purchases will be available from the University's online store ( from Autumn 2010.

For more information see


Facilities Management Directorate

The new Facilities Management Directorate, led by Dennis Hopper, will bring together estate services, residential and commercial services (RCS) and sport and physical activity (SPA) with effect from 1 August. Day-to-day contacts for these services are unchanged. More information about the new directorate will be available on Campusweb shortly.


Dean of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Professor Jeremy Higham has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law. Professor Higham's appointment took effect from 1 May 2010. For more information see


Dean of Engineering

Professor Peter Jimack has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Engineering with effect from 1 August 2010. For more information see


Medicine Health & Conduct Committee - lay members needed

The Committee reviews those medical (MBChB) students whose health and/or conduct raises serious concerns about their fitness to practise. For more information, including how to apply to be a lay member, see


From pulpit to ballot box:  election to the General Synod

An election is soon to take place to the lower house of the convocation of York of the Church of England's general synod. The University has been asked to provide information about qualified electors. If you are priest or deacon in the Church of England, please contact Melody Mellor in the Secretariat as soon as possible on or extension 34062.


Honorary degrees

Honorary degrees will be conferred at ceremonies on Thursday and Friday this week. See the full list of honorary graduands at


Staff Christmas party

This year's Staff Christmas party will be held on Friday 17 December. The event includes a five-course dinner following by dancing to music from a live band and then DJ. Tickets are £25 and available through


Allstaff mailing list