Need to know – March

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Top updates from across the University.

1. Pay negotiations

On Monday 6 March, all staff were emailed an update on this year’s pay negotiations. The main update this year is that all staff receive a pay increase in March and a second increase in August. 

An update on national pay negotiations, March 2023

Each year the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) negotiates a national pay increase on behalf of our University and 144 other higher education institutions. This year’s pay negotiations were brought forward in recognition of the financial challenges facing staff.  

Following negotiation with the trade unions, UCEA has confirmed the 2023/24 pay award will range in total from 8 per cent to 5 per cent, with a proportion of the uplift brought forward to 1 February.  

This means an interim uplift will come into effect from 1 February, with a second uplift at the usual time in August. The February increase to the UCEA pay spine is £1,000 or 2 per cent of basic salary, whichever is greater, with the remaining uplift in August.  

The University’s new pay scales with effect from February can be found online: University of Edinburgh pay scales 

2. Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month and this year’s theme is Take Action. It aims to encourage everyone to take steps to create positive change for themselves and others.  

The University offers a range of self-help tools and resources available to all staff to help manage stress and low mood.    

This Staff Health and Wellbeing Hub brings together all of the information, resources and services available to our University employees. 

Staff Health and Wellbeing Hub

University staff can access counselling, wellbeing resources, financial advice and much more through our EAP.  

Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)   

Stress Awareness Month 2023