Staff Grievance Policy
Staff Grievance Procedure
Date of Equality Analysis
20 May 2016
22 September 2016
22 September 2016
22 September 2019
This policy applies to all employees (with the exception of grievances brought by or
against University Executive for whom separate arrangements are in place) who are
engaged on a University of Derby contract of employment. The roles and
responsibilities for this policy are set out in the general document which applies to
Whilst employed by the University, it is hoped that all employees wil be working in an
environment in which they are comfortable. However, from time to time individuals
may experience situations and circumstances which give rise to problems or
concerns. These could be related to a range of issues including, for example, work
relations, working practices or organisational change.
The University operates a grievance policy to ensure that individual employees have
an opportunity to raise issues of concern and that they are handled in a fair and
consistent manner with the aim of arriving at an amicable resolution.
The grievance policy provides a framework, which aims to facilitate a resolution at:
(a) an informal level
(b) a formal level where the informal method has failed or is inappropriate.
Mediation may be considered as part of either the informal or formal process in
cases of grievance between individuals (mediation cannot happen between an
individual and the University).
Employees may be accompanied at grievance meetings by another employee or a
trade union representative.
Following the formal grievance meeting the grievance manager will conclude their
findings, recommended resolutions and further actions to be taken.
Employees may appeal against the outcome and the decision made at appeal is
Complaints that amount to an allegation of misconduct on the part of another
employee may initially be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure. The grievance
should also be concluded at a later date.
There is no requirement for the University to hear grievances raised by former