SOAS University of London

Human Resources

Sickness Absence

This page provides information for all School employees covering the management of sickness absence across the School:


Please note that the Sickness Absence Policy and Procedure were discussed with the School’s recognised trade unions, UCU and UNISON, in a Sickness Absence Working Group and in HR/TU Joint Interest Group meetings over the period July 2010 to May 2011. Both trade unions wish it to be recorded that they did not agree with either the Policy or Procedure as laid out.

The Sickness Absence Policy and Procedure was also considered by the HR Committee on 26 May 2011.

The Sickness Absence Policy and Procedure although approved by the School’s Executive Board on 26 September 2011, for practical reasons came into effect on Friday 27th January 2012.

A series of training events and discussions with various Faculty management groups, boards etc have started to brief managers on the day-to-day application of the policy.

Any enquiries relating to the content of these pages should be addressed to Chris Byrne HR Manager (Change) in the first instance. Chris can be contacted on:, telephone: 020 7898 4822.

HR Directorate
1 February 2012