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Working at Abertay

‌Abertay University has a wide range of excellent facilities and benefits on offer to its staff. The staff at Abertay are key to the success of the University and are valued as such.

Our conditions of employment contain details of annual leave and sick pay entitlements, hours of work, salary payments and pension schemes.

Employment Terms and Conditions

The wellbeing of our staff

The University has a sports centre open for all employees and students at very reasonable rates.  It also holds several exercise classes, from Body Blitz to Yoga.  Events are held throughout the year to check employee’s blood pressure, weight and fitness level and promotes healthy eating.

The University has an Occupational Health advisor who can help with day to day questions about health and well-being, to more serious conditions and how the university can support this. There is also a counselling service available to staff.

The University has a Chaplaincy that is run by a team of Honorary Chaplains, who support the spiritual and pastoral needs of students and staff on a voluntary basis. Coordination of activities is facilitated by Student Services. The Chaplaincy also has an on-site multi-faith space for meetings, contemplation and prayer.  More information can be found here - Chaplaincy facilities.

Abertay holds Healthy Working Lives Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and a Mental Health Commendation, which recognise our commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees.  We have also been awarded Cycle Friendly Employer status by Cycling Scotland.

Cycle Friendly Employer Logo

Healthy working Lives logo

Work-life balance

We have an array of family friendly policies which include, flexible working, enhanced maternity/paternity/adoption leave and carers leave.  We also operate a flexi time scheme to help employees get the right work-life balance.

The Armed Forces Covenant

Abertay University signed the UK Armed Forces Covenant in 2016 as a pledge to support the country's servicemen and women.

The covenant commits organisations that sign in to ensure that no member of the armed forces should suffer any disadvantage as a result of their service.  It also sets out the obligations that the UK owes to the members of its armed forces, who sacrifice some civilian freedoms and face danger and the risk of injury and death while in service.

The University's commitments include the development of a Reserve Forces Policy which encourages reserve service.  It also includes commitment to support the employment of veterans and service spouses/partners.


Equality and Diversity

‌Abertay is passionate about inclusion, equality and diversity for staff as well as students. We were among the first institutions to join the Equality Challenge Unit’s Race Equality Charter and we are proud to hold the Race Equality Charter Bronze Award for our ongoing commitment and active steps to improving race equality for our staff and students.

Abertay University won the Athena SWAN bronze award in April 2015.  The award was won at the first attempt, a feat only achieved by around a third of universities that apply. The status is valid for three years and publicly recognises Abertay's commitment to advancing women's careers in STEM subjects, in both teaching and research.

Speaking during the application process, Abertay's Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Seaton said: "We know that the career development of women academics in STEM subjects is hindered relative to that of their male colleagues. Athena important to us at Abertay for the obvious reasons that this will help to redress disadvantage, and will support colleagues in doing the best job they can for the University. But our involvement in Athena SWAN is also part of a wider enterprise. One of the big lessons for me from looking at equality and diversity issues (E&D in the jargon) over many years, is that focusing on treating particular groups in a fair and supportive way gives much wider benefits." 

For more information about the Equality Challenge Unit charters and awards, visit the ECU website

Athena Swan Race Equality Charter Mark Bronze ECU logo main


Pathways is the university’s performance management system. Its purpose is to raise managerial effectiveness, improve communication between managers and their staff, improve individual and institutional performance and contribute to an enhanced student experience at Abertay.

Campus facilities

All staff also have the benefit of using the facilities on-site at the University, these include the library, cinema, café bars and gym.

For more information and the employee benefits please contact the HR Team.