Employees who hold certain public positions are able to take reasonable time off to perform the duties associated with them. The Council of the University has approved arrangements for employees' absence on approved public duties. In addition, the employment rights of members of the reserve forces are governed by the Reserve Forces Act 1996 which determines the circumstances in which reservists can be called up for military service. Further details may be found in the Time Off Work Guidelines and Volunteering to be a School Governor.

In certain circumstances employees may find themselves unable to attend work due to circumstances outside their control. The guidance on Severe Weather Conditions may be helpful in these circumstances.