Universities and Remote Working

I work for a University: the University of Bath. However I actually work for a research group (UKOLN) based at the University of Bath and we do things a little differently sometimes. So take for example our home/remote working policies and my remote working contract, these come from UKOLN, not the University.

Despite my harping on about remote working in the academic sector for years I still think that reality is that most Universities, including Bath, prefer staff to physically come on to site for work.

Just out of interest I’ve been taking a look at University policies in this area. It’s apparent that though many HEIs have documentation on how to connect to the University network from home (something academics are expected to do fairly regularly) few have actual remote working policies online.

Below is a list of Russell Group Universities (for starters) and the nearest I could find to a ‘remote worker policy’.

University of Birmingham Have a Travelling and Working Off Campus policy but need to log in to access
University of Bristol Flexible working policy
University of Cambridge Working from home
Cardiff University Home Working Guidance
Durham University IT Services: Remote
University of Edinburgh Guidance on working from home
University of Exeter Home working policy
University of Glasgow Couldn’t find
Imperial College London IT Services: Home working
King’s College London Mobile working – remote working page coming soon
University of Leeds Mobile and remote working policy
University of Liverpool Couldn’t find
London School of Economics & Political Science IT services: Working off campus
University of Manchester IT Services: Working from Home (or whilst away)
Newcastle University Remote Application Service (RAS)
University of Nottingham Flexible Working
University of Oxford IT Services: Remote Access Services
Queen Mary, University of London Home working/ teleworking
Queen’s University Belfast IT Services: remote access
University of Sheffield IT Services: Working from Home or Off-Campus
University of Southampton Flexible working policy
University College London Remote working
University of Warwick Couldn’t find
University of York Flexible Working

If there are more relevant remote working pages available from any of these universities please do let me know.

I would also be really interested to hear back from people about whether or not their university supports or encourages remote working.


5 thoughts on “Universities and Remote Working

  1. Thanks Janet – that’s good to know.

    I notice that they state: “All members of staff will be eligible to request flexible working provided they have completed 26 weeks’ continuous service at the date the application is made. ”

    I think quite a lot of universities have something like this now. You would be unlikely to be able to get a job there as a remote worker from the start.

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