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​Sources of Support


This can be used by all staff and by managers to support staff, and includes practical advice and guidance for anyone facing potential redundancy. 


1.       Employee Assistance - Workplace Options


Workplace Options  is the University's Employee Assistance Programme Provider and they provide a free, confidential and independent resource to help  employees balance their work, family and personal lives.  This  service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by phone, e-mail or online and provides information, resources and counselling on any of the challenges that life may bring.


FREEPHONE: 0800 243 458 (24/7)

E-MAIL: assistance@workplaceoptions.com 

OUTSIDE THE UK: +44 (0)20 8987 6550

SMS (FOR CALL BACK): +44 (0)7909 341229

MINICOM: +44 (0)20 8987 6574

Workplace Options have a fantastic website with a huge amount of information and support available on all of the below topics and more!


WEBSITE: www.workplaceoptions.com  (log in details below)

User name: napier

Password: employee


2. PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) 

PACE provides support to businesses and employees facing redundancy situations.  Please follow these links for more information on PACE and the services provided:






These pages provide support with careers advice, improving your skills, vacancy search and other sources of redundancy support. The site for financial support is also listed beneath.


a.       PACE Redundancy Support

b.       Skills Development Scotland

c.       Money Made Clear - Redundancy Handbook


3.       Preparing yourself for a new job


Sites that you might find helpful in deciding what you may be suitable for are direct.gov.uk Careers Advice, and Careers Scotland.  Careers Advice also provide help on completing an application form - see both the main guidance and the more detailed help - and tips and information on preparing for interviews.


4.       Job Search


The below are all useful general job vacancy sites:










And jobs can also be found using the following Scottish newspaper sites:

The Times


Herald Scotland

Guardian (which includes an Academic category)

There are also a range of recruitment agencies that you can sign up with. You can search for recruitment agencies / consultants on www.yell.com or you can find some recruitment agencies listed on the Agency Central website where you can refine your search by town or sector.

5.       Citizens Advice


You can either contact the Edinburgh branch, or look at the general Citizens Advice website


6.       Managing stress


Useful resources:

a.       Managers' Guide to Managing Stress

b.       Employees' Guide to Managing Stress

c.      Stress questionnaire from Carefirst

d.      Steps for Stress website


7.       Skills Development


Use the Staff Development section of the intranet homepage to find & book on relevant workshops and courses that will enhance your skills to help you be well prepared for a new role.


8.       Pre-retirement Support


Contact Corporate Learning and Development on ext 5036 if you'd like to find out more about or attend a pre-retirement workshop, or to receive a 'Choice Planner' giving advice around all aspects of retirement.


9.       Support from your Trade Union


See the contact details for EIS and UNISON representatives on their intranet sites.​​​​