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Human Resources Advisor ??? Employee Relations

Newcastle, UK
Closing date
2 Dec 2022
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Located in the Staffordshire countryside and just five miles from Stoke-on-Trent, Keele University is a world-renowned for its breadth of teaching and research that tackles the world's most urgent problems.

Role Summary:

To provide a high-quality HR advisory service to all stakeholders, providing consistent, effective and well-informed advice to managers and staff on all employee relations and employee lifecycle matters.  

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

    Provide strategic support, advice and direction on people and employee lifecycle mattersManage and support employee relations matters including; disciplinary, grievance, capability, attendance, flexible working, leavers, TUPE, fixed-term contracts, redeployment.Contribute to the review of the University???s approach to casework managementSupport institutional change management programmesUndertake casework in partnership with University managersWork in partnership with Occupational Health to ensure advice/input is sought at the appropriate timeInput to the development and review of Employee Relations policies, ensuring they are in line with legislative and University requirements.Contribute to communication and consultation activity with campus Trade Unions to ensure implementation of change is effective and legally compliant.Work with managers to develop their skills and understanding of people related issues, through formal and informal development routines, e.g. training and coachingEncourage and support managers to use HR data to inform their decision makingWork with the Policy, Projects & EDI team to effectively communicate and implement people related projects.

Trade Union Relations:

    Support the local pay negotiations with Unison in regard to Operational PayContribute to Trade Union oversight meetings


Team Work:

  • Participate in Job Evaluation panels
  • Provide cover and assistance to other members of the Human Resources team
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of training and development programmes
  • Provide guidance and support to junior colleagues as appropriate

Additional Responsibilities:

Data Protection

Adhere to regulations and procedures relating to data protection and information security. 

Personal Development/ Performance:

Demonstrate commitment to continuing Personal/Professional Development and to engage with appropriate development activities. 

Equality, Diversity, Health and Safety and Strategy:

Hold a duty and commitment to the principles and practice of equality and diversity and comply with the University???s Dignity and Respect Framework. Duties must be carried out in accordance with relevant Equality and Diversity legislation and University policies/ procedures. 


Take reasonable care of the Health and Safety of yourself and that of any other person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work.


Co-operate with the University in ensuring as far as is necessary, that Statutory Requirement, Codes of Practice, University Policies and Schools/ Departmental health and safety arrangements are complied with.


Adhere to the University???s environmental policy and procedures and seek to promote environmental sustainability within area of responsibility.



This job description is not intended as an exhaustive list of duties or a restrictive definition of the post but rather should be read as a guide to the main priorities and typical areas of activity of the post-holder. These activities are subject to amendment over time as priorities and requirements evolve and as such it may be amended at any time by the line manager following discussion with the post holder.


This post is unlikely to meet the relevant criteria to allow the University to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship. Applications from candidates who require a Certificate of Sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered against the requirements stated in the recruitment documentation. Recruitment decisions will be made in accordance with the UK Visas and Immigration guidance.



You are asked to provide details of two referees (three if you are applying for an academic or research post), including your current or most recent employer, on your application form. Referees should be able to comment on your work and/or educational background and may be approached before interview. In providing these details you are giving the University permission to request personal information about you from your referees, which may include confirmation of your previous salary, disciplinary and work history.


Disability Confident

Keele University is committed to taking positive steps to employ, keep and

develop the abilities of disabled staff and has been awarded the disability symbol. We undertake to offer all applicants with a disability and who meet the minimum essential criteria an interview. If you wish to be considered under this scheme, please indicate this by selecting ???Yes??? in the Guaranteed Interview Scheme Section of your application. You can also provide specific information of any requirements/adjustments you may require to assist you during the recruitment process within this section. For advice or guidance please contact the Recruitment Team email:


The information you provide on your application will be forwarded to the recruiting area so that they may consider whether they can facilitate your requested adjustments.  Please note that if you do not indicate that you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident scheme in your application, you will not be considered under this Scheme.

 Next Steps:

  • Please contact [] should you have any questions you???d like to ask before applying; or
  • Choose ???Apply now??? to complete our short application, so that we can find out more about you.

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