Thursday 11 June 2020

All staff emails

VC Webinar: Future forward - the next phase in developing the University Strategy 2020-2030

Dear colleagues

I would like to invite you to join me for a webinar on Thursday 18 June, 10am to 11am, which offers us all a chance to come together, albeit virtually.

I will be reflecting on the impact of Covid-19 on the HE sector, staff and students at York and how the University has responded. I will also address the issues that the pandemic now raises for our strategic thinking, and the new challenges posed by the prospect of a very different post-Covid world.

The webinar will set the scene for the next phase of strategy development, as we seek to build a set of distinctive and bold aims to position York for the future. The underpinning question remains the same: what do we want the University to be in 10 years’ time?

I want this to be a conversation, and so a Q&A session will complete the webinar. Please sign up for the live event and if you have a question you would like to submit in advance, please complete this google form.

Thank you and I look forward to you joining me on the day.

Best wishes


Professor Charlie Jeffery

Launch of our Voluntary Options Programme

Dear colleagues,

Today we launch our Voluntary Options Programme, with more details of our options here, which we are asking our employees to consider.

We recently shared with you some of the steps the University is taking to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, where Charlie explained the financial background and context of this Programme. We want to protect jobs wherever possible and do all that we can to minimise the need for more difficult measures later in the year.

Our modelling suggests a significant shortfall of income because of Covid-19, even after taking into account the cost-reduction measures we have already made: paring back our capital programme, stopping all but business-critical staff recruitment, and restricting all other non-essential spending.

We need to go further still, and this is why we are introducing a number of voluntary options.

Staff are under no obligation to take up any of these options and should not feel any pressure to volunteer, but if you feel that they appeal or align to your individual preferences or circumstances, we encourage you to apply.

Collectively, we believe we can make critical savings on our employment costs if we act now and offer these options for those who may be interested.

Flexible options

We want to agree to as many applications as we can, so we have made these schemes flexible and we have removed as many barriers as possible.

Some of these schemes close on 31 July 2020 and we do not anticipate running another voluntary scheme for at least the next 18 months, so we would like to start conversations as soon as possible.

There is plenty of information on our website, including details of the financial package for Voluntary Severance (VS) and Voluntary Severance with Retirement (VSER), as well as tools to help you calculate financial implications.

You may also wish to discuss options with your line-managers and/or HR.

We appreciate your time and consideration, and thank you in advance to those who are able to consider any next steps with these options in mind.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact or +44 (0)1904 324 835

Best wishes,


Dr Joss Ivory

HR Director