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Annual Leave and Fixed Holidays

The annual leave year runs from 1 September to 31 August. The amount of paid annual leave and the number of fixed leave days you are entitled to is dependent upon your employee group and length of service.  


The fixed leave days for 2022/23, 2023/24 and 2024/2025 are: 


Christmas Break (inclusive)

Good Friday

Easter Monday​


Monday 25 December 2023 

Wednesday 3 January 2024

Friday 29 March 2024

Monday 1 April 2024


Tuesday 24 December 2024

Thursday 2 January 2025

Friday 18 April 2025

Monday 21 April 2025

Senior Managers who joined the University before 1 June 2018 have a fixed leave entitlement of fourteen fixed leave days per year. These employees can opt to convert four of these fixed days to personal entitlement to have the standard fixed leave entitlement of ten days (two at Easter and eight over Christmas).​

The table below shows full time annual leave entitlement comprising personal holiday and fixed leave entitlement for all employee groups. Employees who work part-time receive a pro-rated personal and fixed leave entitlement.​ 

Employee Group 

Personal Holiday entitlement 

Fixed Leave entitlement 

Total entitlement 






Academic HE2000 and Research 

36 days 

252 hours 

10 days 

70 hours 

Disparity322 hours 

Professional Services Colleagues and all Senior Managers 

31 days 

217 hours 

10 days 

70 hours 

287 hours 

If you start work with the University after the start of the leave year your entitlement for that year will be calculated on a pro-rata basis. You do not have to work for any specified period of time before taking annual leave, but if you leave the University and have taken more than your entitlement for the period you worked, this will be deducted from your final salary.

You are encouraged to take your annual leave entitlement within the leave year period to ensure you have a sufficient period of rest and must, as a minimum take your statutory leave each year. A maximum of five days (pro-rated for employees who work part time) can be carried forward into the following leave year and can be taken at any point during that leave year.
To view your leave entitlement for the current leave year, please log-into HR Connect. If you have any queries, please contact the HR Team on x3344.
Please click here to view the Annual Leave Policy​.

Requesting Annual Leave

You should use HR Connect​ to request annual leave which must be agreed and authorised by your line manager in advance of taking it. Annual leave will not be unreasonably withheld, however, it may not always be possible to grant leave when you want it. You are advised not to make holiday arrangements until requested time off has been authorised.