Annual Leave

The University's leave year runs from 01 August to 31 July. Leave should be taken in agreement with the line manager/Dean of Faculty/Service Director.

Leave Entitlement

Leave is calculated in hours and accrues at the rate of one-twelth (1/12) for each completed month of service in accordance with terms and conditions of employment. One full time equivalent day equates to 7.2 hours (36 hours divided by 5 days).  Leave is categorised as basic, and fixed public and university holidays.  Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro rata basis for part time employees (those working less than 100% FTE). 

Leave should be taken in hours equivalent to a full or half day. For example, a full time employee who works 7.2 hours per day should request leave in multiples of either 7.2 or 3.6 hours. Leave remaining at the end of a year which is under half a day can be carried forward to the next year's entitlement.

Time should be reserved to cover the fixed university and public holiday dates that fall within normal working patterns.

Annual leave not taken by 31 July will normally lapse. A maximum of 5 days annual leave may be carried forward to the next year's entitlement at the discretion of the line manager/Dean of Faculty/Service Director. Carry forward leave must be used within the first 3 months of that annual leave year. 

This table sets out the full time equivalent hours for each category of leave:


Length of

at 31 July

Basic Hours

Fixed Public/University 
(equates to 10
FTE days)

Annual Full Time 
Entitlement Hours


under 3 years



(39 FTE days)


3-5 years*



(40 FTE days)


5+ years*



(41 FTE days) 





(44 FTE days)

*Long service leave is awarded to entitlement in the leave year that follows the relevant year's service accrued. For example, an employee on Grade 1-5 who has 3 years' service on 01 July 2018, would receive 7.2 hours (pro rata if part time) to their Aug 2018- July 2019 entitlement onwards. 

How to Calculate Entitlement

Leave is calculated based on FTE and number of completed months during the leave year. For 2017/18 annual leave period, please use the calculator that can be found here. Please note that the calculator has two tabs as detailed below:

Tab 1 should be used to calculate entitlement where no contract changes have or are expected to happen between 01 October 2017 and 31 July 2018.

Tab 2 should be used to calculate entitlement where contract changes have happened or are expected to happen between 01 October 2017 and 31 July 2018.

If you have any queries regarding annual leave, please contact

Recording Annual Leave

All annual leave (including Public and University holidays) should be recorded in hours and updated in the Annual Leave Template as per the Annual Leave guidelines.

A workflow has been created to allow an easy and efficient process for divisions to request and approve leave using BOX. An overview/workflow of the process including a template forms and examples of them in use can be found in the following BOX folder:  

An FTE reflects how many hours an employee works in proportion to full time which is 36 hours per week e.g. a full time employee working 36 hours per week has an FTE of 100%. If an employee works part time, their FTE can be worked out as follows:

Working hours per week / 36 x 100

In addition, annualised FTEs need to be worked out using the following formula:

Contracted annual working hours / 1872 hours x 100

The University recognises six fixed public holidays and in addition to these, four fixed university holidays are set each year. Employees must ensure they reserve enough of their annual entitlement to cover these days where they fall within their normal working pattern.

Public Holidays

The six public holidays recognised are:

Christmas Day (25th December)

Boxing Day (26th December)

New Year's Day (1st January)

2nd January

Good Friday

Easter Monday

University Holidays

Additionally the University designates four days over the Christmas/New Year period as university holidays - these can vary depending on when the weekends fall within this period.

2017-2018 Fixed Public and University Holiday Dates

Monday 25 December 2017

Public Holiday               

Tuesday 26 December 2017

Public Holiday

Wednesday 27 December 2017

University Holiday

Thursday 28 December 2017

University Holiday

Friday 29 December 2017

University Holiday

Monday 1 January 2018

Public Holiday

Tuesday 2 January 2018

Public Holiday

Wednesday 3 January 2018

University Holiday

Friday 30th March 2018

Public Holiday

Monday 2nd April 2018

Public Holiday

2018-2019 Fixed Public and University Holiday Dates

Monday 24 December 2018

University Holiday          

Tuesday 25 December 2018

Public Holiday

Wednesday 26 December 2018

Public Holiday

Thursday 27 December 2018

University Holiday

Friday 28 December 2018

University Holiday

Monday 31 December 2018

University Holiday

Tuesday 1 January 2019

Public Holiday

Wednesday 2 January 2019

Public Holiday

Friday 19 April 2019

Public Holiday

Monday 22 April 2019

Public Holiday

Employee's on grades 1-5 that work an annualised shift pattern which covers 365 days a year may from time to time be required to work on a Public or University holiday as part of their normal working pattern, further details can be found within the Terms and Conditions (Grade 1 -5).

If an employee leaves the University part way through the leave year they are normally entitled to annual leave in proportion to the number of completed months service in the current leave year less any leave already taken, e.g. if an employee leaves on 10 April their annual leave entitlement accrues from 1 August to 31 March (8 months).

Staff should normally take any annual leave due during their period of notice. If it is not possible to do so due to operational requirements of the Faculty/Service they will be entitled to receive payment-in-lieu for any outstanding annual leave.

Annual leave cannot be paid-in-lieu whilst the employment continues.

The University reserves the right to deduct salary for overpayment of annual leave which has been taken before it has been accrued. Any such payments will normally be deducted from an employee's final salary payment or offset against an employee's notice period.

When an employee has a change in their working hours, i.e. their FTE increases or decreases, a new annual entitlement needs to be calculated to take the revised FTE into account. An employee's entitlement should be calculated for each FTE period within the leave year; each separate period can then be added together to get a total annual entitlement amount for the leave year. Tab 2 on the 2017/18 calculator can be used to calculate this.

Annual leave will continue to accrue during periods of maternity leave. Further information can be found here.

If an employee falls sick during a period of authorised annual leave, they may be entitled to reclaim the leave entitlement. Read more in the Absence Management Policy

Casual staff and "workers" (not employees) are entitled to take holidays in accordance with current statutory entitlements and as outlined in the terms of engagement.

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