Flexible Sussex

Explore our plans to become an organisation that is flexible by default to ensure we are inclusive in everything we do.

Our vision for Flexible Sussex

Flexible Sussex means that we will take a proactive approach to flexible working, encouraging and supporting individuals who want greater flexibility, making things easy to arrange and change. We will promote a culture where, unless there is a good reason, we say ‘yes’ to flexible working and all new positions are advertised as suitable for flexible working unless there is a clear business reason for not doing so. Sussex is powered by its people and they are our strength in delivering Sussex 2025. Embracing an agile and flexible approach to work will enable us to attract, retain, support and develop an excellent and diverse workforce.

Flexible Sussex will be central to our plans to reduce inequality and improve accessibility. We seek to improve the representation of women and support carers working at Sussex by improving retention and progression for staff working flexibly. Feedback from staff in 2017 highlighted the need to improve our current approaches to flexible working. We believe that enabling better flexible working within the University is key to reducing our gender pay gap.

Flexible working is also one of the most effective forms of reasonable adjustment available to support staff with a disability. This will enable us to increase accessibility to opportunity and progression throughout the University.

Flexible Sussex is also about enabling flexible and agile ways of working to improve our services and sustainability. Flexibility in how services are delivered will enable us to reflect a diverse range of needs. We will transform how we work to improve the experience for students and staff.

We have undertaken a range of reviews of how we deliver our services (1PS), how the University is structured to meet the evolving challenges within the world and HE (Size and Shape) and the culture within our University (CHUCL). We will continue to ensure that flexible, equal, accessible and inclusive policies and procedures shape the implementation of how we work and deliver our services.

View our flexible working procedures and guidance.

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