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Mail

Incoming mail for all staff is distributed through named pigeonholes found in the Physics Common Room (P5.64). Pay slips will be delivered each month on the 25th or next working day. Success Factors (the new self-service employee management system) will go live in 2019 and payslips will then be available electronically.

Outgoing mail should be brought to the Department Office to be stamped with 137 (Physics code) and placed in the outgoing tray. Collection time is mid afternoon. Internal mail does not require a 137 stamp.

Communication

Department members are added to the Physics email distribution list and are issued with regular updates. If you do not seem to be on the email distribution list, please let us know.

Useful department email addresses:

physicsadmin@warwick.ac.uk - all general departmental enquiries

physicshr@warwick.ac.uk - specific departmental HR enquiries, such as contractual queries

physicsgrants@warwick.ac.uk - research grant enquiries

We also issue a periodic Departmental Newsletter and there is a termly Staff Meeting.

Holidays/absences from Department

All absences should be notified to the Departmental Office (physicsadmin@warwick.ac.uk / 024 765 23965). This is so the office can provide a professional service when taking telephone messages for members of staff.
Academic staff need approval from the Head of Department for any absences during term-time. Your request should detail how your teaching will be covered and who students can contact in your absence.

The holiday calculator and University leave schedule is especially useful if you have started within the academic year.

Sickness absences

Staff should contact the Departmental Office as soon as possible on their first day of sickness and state the nature of their illness and, if possible, the expected return-to-work date. If absent for more than eight consecutive days, a medical certificate covering the 8th day onwards is required from the doctor. Please note that absences are monitored and anyone with a high number of absences or whose absences follow a particular pattern (i.e. always fall on a Monday or Friday) may be asked to attend a return to work interview.

Appointments

Reasonable time off with pay will be allowed for hospital, doctor and dentist appointments or for emergency medical or dental treatment and such appointments will not be counted as sickness absence. Staff are expected to make every effort to ensure that routine appointments are made before or after the working day. Where this is not possible, it is expected that appointments will be arranged to minimise disruption to their work. You should discuss your need to attend medical appointments with your manager as early as possible.

Free Eye Examinations

You are entitled to a full eye examination at any Specsavers store. Further details of this benefit is available.

 Wellbeing

The University is committed to providing an environment in which to work and study which supports the wellbeing of staff and students. There is an on-campus Health Centre. The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is confidential and designed to help you deal with professional and personal problems that could be affecting your home or work life, health and general wellbeing. Further information is available on the Wellbeing at Warwick page.

Bullying, harassment and dignity at work

We are committed to ensuring a working and learning environment in which all members of our Department (staff and students) are treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and where bullying and harassment are not tolerated. We expect everyone to recognise their responsibilities and to:

  • behave in a way that respects the rights and dignity of others
  • treat others fairly
  • display courtesy and good manners in every interaction appreciating that individuals have different styles and expectations
  • value differences in others and the contribution they make
  • work and study within the University on a co-operative basis.

Gender equality- Athena SWAN and Project Juno

Physics has traditionally been a male-dominated subject. The Department of Physics at Warwick aims to address this imbalance by working with the Institute of Physics Project Juno and the Athena SWAN Charter

The Department of Physics has long been recognised for its efforts to promote gender equality and good working practices amongst both staff and students. In 2009, the University of Warwick, along with Imperial College London, supported the first physics departments to be recognised by the IOP as Juno Champions. In 2010, the Departments of Physics and Chemistry at Warwick were both awarded silver status by the Athena SWAN Charter. The Athena SWAN Charter, established by the Equality Challenge Unit, recognises and celebrates good employment practice for women in science, engineering and technology.

The department has built on these early achievements, and in 2016 the department was successful in renewing its Juno Champion status by the IOP, and in 2017 we were successful in renewing our Athena SWAN silver award.