Support available for members of staff Support available for members of staff

Parental, Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave

The University has a number of policies in place to support staff with changing family circumstances. Please visit the Human Resources website for further information.


The UEA has an on-site Nursery available to staff and students.

We have a family room in the basement of the Elizabeth Fry Building which is fitted out for nursing mothers. Please contact the Equality Office via email at or telephone Helen Murdoch (Ext 1898) or Matthew Gooch (Ext 7209) to obtain a key. 

Flexible Working

Any employee who has worked for the University for 26 weeks continuously can request flexible working. This change was enacted from 30 June 2014, before this time the right only applied to the parents of children under the age of 17 years, or 18 years in the case of parents of disabled children, or to those caring for an adult.

 We support requests for flexible working from all staff wherever possible. Please visit the flexible working section of the Human Resources website for further information or speak to your manager.

Working Families is one one of the UK's leading charities on work life balance, see for more information


Returning to work after illness

Following a period of ill health, we offer support for returning to work. This may include access to a phased return, short term amendments to duties or working hours, or adjustments to the physical environment.

For more information visit the UEA Medical Services Occupational Health page.

Disability Liaison Officer

ENV has a Disability Liaison Officer, Dr Irene Lorenzoni, who provides staff and students with a point of reference for advice and guidance about disability issues and support. The Disability Liaison Officer liaises regularly with the Student Support Service in relation to general policies and procedures and individual requirements.

Research Staff

There is tailored support for staff across the Norwich Research Park. For more information please visit the RESNET website.

The Researchers Affairs Forum ensures that researchers have a voice within the school, you can contact the Chair, Dr Penelope Pickers for more information.

Researchers also have access to a dedicated Research Staff Careers Advisor, Dr Rebecca Wyand. One-to-one guidance appointments are available and a range of workshops. Further information on careers advice available for Research staff can be found on the Careers and Employability website. You can also contact Dr Jenni Turner - ENV Director of Employability.

Mentoring and Coaching

We support staff career development and training opportunities by holding annual appraisal meetings. Induction sessions are available for all new staff and new staff are appointed a mentor within ENV. All members of staff in ENV at any career stage can request a mentor, please contact the ENV School Manager, Cate Knowles (, or the ENV Head of School PAs (

Mentoring and coaching external to ENV is available through the University Centre for Staff and Educational Development – please visit the CSED website.

PhD Supervision

If you are a member of staff who is new to PhD Supervision, we will appoint a PhD mentor- please contact the Director of Postgraduate Research

Equality and Diversity

The Equality & Diversity contact in the School is Dr Irene Lorenzoni.

We run ‘coffee time equality and diversity Athena SWAN sessions' where you can have an informal chat with members of staff about gender equality issues in ENV.


SCI Return to Work Career Development Fund

The SCI Return to Work Career Development Fund is for any staff member employed by the SCI Faculty who has returned to work after a significant period of absence. The fund is to support career development and transition back to work. Funding can be used flexibly and examples so far have included accompanying persons funding for conferences, AT support and IT equipment. Please contact Siobhan Dorai-Raj or Katie Large ( with any queries and to apply. You can also applu using the online application form