Working at Abertay

Working at Abertay 

We're a small, friendly and ambitious university.

Founded in 1888, we pride ourselves in offering industry-relevant courses for both today and the future. We were granted University title in 1994 and have around 4,000 students on our Dundee city centre campus, offering a range of programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and research level.

We're also proud of our friendly and informal approach - here you'll play a real part in the direction of our University and the future of our students, as you are key to our success.

For details of our current vacancies, please see our Jobs page.

View our Strategic Plan here.

Pay and Reward

As an Abertay employee, you are entitled to:

  • 33 days paid annual leave (pro-rata if part-time)

  • 8 days Christmas/New Year paid leave when the University is closed

  • Access to a contributory pension scheme with a substantial University contribution towards your pension

  • Tax-free Childcare, Cycle to Work and Buying Additional Holidays schemes providing benefits with exemption from tax and National Insurance

  • Occupational sick pay and maternity/adoption/parental pay

Abertay Pay Scales (from August 1, 2023). 

Abertay University Terms and Conditions of Employment

Outstanding Workplace Award


Outstanding Workplace Award

In 2022 Abertay was recognised as an Outstanding Workplace within the Higher Education Industry by People Insight.

We have achieved a top quartile score for employee engagement within the Higher Education sector. This award recognises the fantastic work being done across our  organisation to make Abertay an engaging place to work.

In fact, our latest employee listening survey saw us achieve an amazing 75% on our engagement score!

How We Support You

As a new member of staff you'll be welcomed to our friendly institution where we enjoy an informal culture.

Inclusion, equality and diversity

Abertay is passionate about inclusion, equality and diversity for staff as well as students, and we're proud that we've been recognised with Bronze Awards for both Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter. In addition, we have signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant, committing to ensuring no disadvantage to members of the armed forces, veterans or their families.  

Healthy Working Lives

We also have a Healthy Working Lives Gold award, which recognises our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees. We're also a recognised Cycle Friendly Employer.

Health and Safety 

We pride ourselves on creating a campus that's a welcoming, safe and secure place to work, study and visit. The welfare of our staff, students, visitors and contractors has always been the University’s paramount concern. View the University's Health and Safety Policy.

Family friendly policies

We have an array of family friendly policies which include, flexible working, enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption leave and carers’ leave. 

Counselling and Occupational Health

We have a free external counselling service available to all staff and an on-site professional Occupational Health Advisor.

Faith and contemplation

We have an on-site quiet contemplation room, multi-faith space and Islamic Prayer Rooms.

On-campus gym

We have a sports centre on campus with regular classes available to staff and students at very low cost and a range of staff benefits including ‘AberSave’ a discount website for Abertay staff. 

Continuous professional and personal development

We support our staff’s continuous professional and personal development with an active learning and development programme and resources for all staff, including induction, mentoring, regular development reviews, e-learning, both on-line delivery and face to face.

We are committed to academic development and mentoring with research and teaching training and development opportunities provided though our Graduate School and Teaching and Learning Enhancement service. 

Policies, Procedures and Frameworks

We have a range of policies and benefits to support you during your working life at Abertay. For more details, or to receive a copy of any of our policies, please email

Our Leave and Working Time Framework offers a number of benefits and flexible working options, including Time Off in Lieu (TOIL), Parental Leave, which includes Adoption Leave and Special Leave, and our Buying Additional Holidays Scheme, allowing staff the freedom and flexibility to add more days to their annual leave allowance via a pre-tax salary contribution.

Members of staff who are also in the Reserve Forces will be appropriately supported by the University, as outlined in our Reserve Forces Policy, and we also have policies to support Time Off for Voluntary Activities, and Sabbatical Leave.

As part of our Equality and Diversity Framework, we have launched a Lead Voices programme, which has recruited volunteer staff and students to act as advocates for the wider staff and student community who identify as having protected characteristics. More information on how we support Protected Groups can be found in our Equality and Diversity section.

The University's Role and Grading Framework provides information on our Grading Procedure, Senior Grade/Professorial Pay Review and Academic Promotion Policy. We also have a Visiting and Emeritus Titles Policy for academics interested in visiting the University or being conferred an Emeritus Professor upon retirement.

Our Values

We are an inclusive and welcoming professional community. We are caring, innovative and strive for excellence, providing a high-quality environment for our students, our staff and our partners, where collaboration and respect are key and people are our focus. We aim to be:

Inclusive and People-centred - equality of opportunity and inclusion are embedded in our ethos. We welcome staff and students from diverse communities and aim to put people at the heart of all we do.

Excellent and Innovative - we strive for excellence in all we do, aiming to provide a high-quality environment for our staff and students to flourish, where innovation is encouraged and improvement is enabled.

Professional and Collaborative - we collaborate with others, both internally across our teams and externally with partners in order to support our professional practice and our community to thrive. Customer service is key in all of our interactions.

Caring and Respectful - it is important to us that we treat everyone with kindness and mutual respect.

People Services & Contact Us

We have a small and friendly professional People Services team who can support you with your career journey to Abertay and once you get here.

Find out more in our People Strategy.

Contact Us

Led by Eilidh Fraser, Director of People & Organisational Development, you can contact the team here:


T: 01382 308961

Living in Dundee

Dundee is Scotland’s 4th largest city with a population of around 148,000.

Voted the Best City to Live in Scotland by the Sunday Times (2019), regarded as the UK’s 'coolest little city' (GQ magazine 2017) and a designated Unesco City of Design, this city has a lot to offer:

  • Dundee is ideally situated in Scotland within 90 minutes by road and rail to other major cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Under 30 minutes takes you into splendid countryside with hills, glens and nearby beaches

  • Set on a stunning location on the banks of the River Tay, Dundee is the only city in Scotland which faces south and is officially Scotland’s sunniest city

  • With direct flights from Dundee to London Stansted, and the East Coast rail network, you can be in London in a few hours

  • Cost of living in Dundee is extremely competitive. 1 in 5 of the Dundee population are students and the average house price in 2019 is around £149,500. You will be able to find quality housing that is affordable for you and family

  • Dundee is a small, vibrant city on its way to international recognition - it's a UK recognised cluster for digital media, computer games and biotechnology. In 2018, the V&A Museum of Design opened, as part of the £1bn waterfront development, bringing international attention to Dundee

Visa and Immigration

Abertay University provides guidance information for anyone who requires any support with visa and immigration. You can find how we, as a University, comply with UK Visa and Immigration legislation (UKVI), what steps you and we need to take before you start work as Abertay University and what support we can offer.

More information can be found on our Visa and Immigration page.

If you have any questions regarding UKVI, contact the HR team on 01382 308961 or via


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