School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

Staff handbook

Welcome to the staff handbook for Engineering and Informatics. Please click on a section below to expand it. Scroll down to the foot of the list for the department specific sections.

Absence - annual leave and sickness

From 1st October 2022 annual leave and sickness will be recorded on My View. Full guidance can be found here

Annual Leave

Holiday entitlement is included in staff terms and conditions, which vary between categories of staff. They can be found here.

The leave year runs from 1st October and all staff are expected to take their allocated holiday during the leave year. Requests to carry over up to 5 days of unused leave to the following holiday year must be made and agreed by your line manager.

Term and other key dates can be found here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/keydates

Academic staff, particularly (but not confined to) those involved in teaching, are asked to let the School Office know of longer absences using ei@sussex.ac.uk This will allow School Office colleagues inform students and staff of availability or alternative contacts. Teaching faculty should not normally take holidays during term time; permission to do so should be sought well in advance from the line manager.

Sickness

if you are unwell and not able to work you should inform your line manager as soon as possible. Full guidance on sickness absence can be found here. Sickness should be recorded on My View by you or your line manager if you are unable. 

Academic Time Survey (ATS) 

The UK Funding Councils require all universities to allocate annual costs across the range of activities that they undertake.

All universities must submit an annual TRAC (Transparent Approach to Costing) return to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in order to provide information to the Government on the full economic costs of teaching, research and other activities. The ATS is a vital component of the TRAC Return process, gathering statistical data about the time spent by Academic staff on teaching, research, other and support activities. The data collected is subsequently used as a basis for allocating certain key categories of costs to those activities.

The TRAC return is a valuable and influential source of data which informs the decisions of Government, concerning funding for research in higher education. Importantly, the TRAC return provides the basis for Research Council full economic cost recovery rates, which determine the amount of overhead that can be charged to a Research Council funded research project. There is therefore, a direct link between the need for a time allocation process and the amount of funding received by the University. 

The University must achieve a 75% completion rate for the Academic Time Survey from all eligible Academics in order to comply with the requirements of TRAC.

You will find the ATS on Sussex Direct under the “Personal” tab and a list of ATS definitions and activities is available by the “Related Links” drop down box or;

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/finance/services/corporateaccounting/tracfec

Before the start of each new Academic year, all eligible Academics will be contacted via e-mail advising them of the dates of the ATS survey. The survey period currently consists of six individual weeks, selected from the academic year, ensuring that each month is sampled once every three years. (Should the survey change, you will be notified by e-mail). You are asked to submit your time data for each period as soon as possible after its conclusion. Follow up e-mails will be sent initially to those who have not completed their ATS surveys and subsequent e-mails to Heads of School and Department, should the targeted completion rate not be achieved.

The survey data is confidential with each individual’s return being used only as part of the whole data set and for no other purpose. The data is handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act and by the ATS Administrator alone. It is used in an anonymous, aggregate form to provide statistical data at the level of Schools or the University as a whole.

If you have any questions please contact Stephen Crossman (Resource Accountant) ext. 8702 Stephen.Crossman@sussex.ac.uk

Academic advising & assessment regulations

Information for Academic Advisors is coordinated on the Academic Advising for the School of Engineering & Informatics Canvas site, managed by Dr Kate Howland, the Director of Student Experience. You will see a list and details of your own academic advisees on the 'Teaching' drop-down menu in Sussex Direct. 

Assessment regulations are available on the Academic Quality & Partnerships web pages.

A comprehensive guide for students on assessment and teaching is now available as part of the online student handbook on the School internal website. Please recommend this resource to your academic advisees.

Threshold marking

Engineering and Product Design faculty should note the additional regulations, including threshold marking and award of non-accreditied degrees, when advising students.

For guidance, for example on a specific case, contact:

Anthea Clark a.clark@sussex.ac.uk - Curriculum & Assessment Officer

Jackie Gains j.gains@sussex.ac.uk - Senior Course Coordinator for Informatics

Catherine Warden c.l.warden@sussex.ac.uk - Senior Course Coordinator for Engineering

Appraisals

Please visit the appraisal guidance webpage

Assessment convening

The Assessment Convening handbook provides in-depth information and guidance on the administrative aspects of your role as Assessment Convenor. See also the 'Assessment & teaching' sections of the online student handbook.

Branding & publications

For information and guidance on the University’s publication and branding policy, please see here.

Buildings & maintenance: fault reporting & porter assistance

All building related queries should be sent to: EngInfSEF@sussex.ac.uk 

We will log the issue with SEF and coordinate the follow-up and completion of the job. We will keep you informed of progress. Typically, requests will be for ad hoc cleaning, maintenance, heating issues, water leaks, requests for porter assistance. Your email must include: 

  • Exact location of issue
  • Clear explanation
  • A photo, if possible/neccessary
Casual staff: employment & Right-to-Work checks

Casual staff are now employed through Reed Talent Solutions. Please refer to the information on the Finance Division web pages. It is important to plan ahead as Right-to-Work checks must be completed before any work is done. 

Data protection responsibilities

The full University Data Protection policy can be found at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/ogs/policies/information/dpa/dataprotectionpolicy.

If you have a teaching role, see also the data protection section in 'Assessment convening'.

Email and Teams etiquette 

Please read the University Press and Communications Office guidance on the use of email

The School uses Microsoft Teams as an additional mode of communication. Please apply the same email etiquette rules as above.

Family friendly policies

The Unversity's family friendly policies can be found here

Finance, purchasing & expense claims

Finance and Purchasing

Refer to the Finance section for full guidance. Stefanie Freiling is our dedicated finance and administration assistant in the School Office. Please contact her if you have any queries or need support. S.Freiling@sussex.ac.uk 

The School has a Management Accountant, Chris Chaplin, who will provide advice and support on complex matters http://www.sussex.ac.uk/finance/services/schoolsfinance

The University’s finance system is Unit 4. Log-in here.

New users of the system will need to complete a form (application for access to Unit 4 for non-finance staff).

Further information for staff on purchasing, goods receipting, IR35/invoices from suppliers not set up on UNIT4, business travel, budget codes etc, can be found here.

Expenses

Staff must claim expenses through Unit 4. Please see instructions on how to do this here.

Please note the University guidelines on expenses, included in the financial regulations.

Please contact Anne Craig in the School Office for assitance with expense claims a.s.craig@sussex.ac.uk 

You must take public transport wherever it is feasible to do so. The University will not pay taxi fares except when: they are incurred abroad; they are before 7am or after 9pm; you have, or are accompanied by someone with a mobility difficulty; you are transporting heavy luggage or equipment and there is no other reasonable mode of travel.

Food on campus

Places to eat on campus can be found on this webpage

Health, safety & environment

Please visit the Health, safety & environment page.

For information on student equipment loans please see this page.

IT Services

School research computing is supported by the Informatics computing support team.

Standard desktop computers are provided by the University’s IT Services unit and any computer related questions or issues should be sent on-line to ITS Support via the web form: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/help/                  

Please note that it is a University requirement that all data is saved to Box to ensure work is stored and backed up. Local drives do not meet this requirement: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/services/networkandstorage/cloudfirst-filestorage

If data is sensitive and or confidential other arrangements can be made through IT Services or the Research support team: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/services/research

IT Services registration and training

In order to set-up and activate your IT Services account, through which you receive your email account and address, you will need to visit IT Services Reception in Shawcross Building. For the building’s location, see the campus map online:

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/aboutus/findus/campusmaps

When visiting IT Services you will need to take with you your letter of appointment or staff ID as proof of identity.  Your email account can be set up in a few minutes and will be ready for you to send and receive email straight away.

You can also collect your log in details by calling IT Services on 01273 67(8090).

IT Services Reception hold training courses for staff.  You can find out what is available at: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/training/

Network/colour printing, photocopying, scanner, fax

You will be networked to the University Multi-functional Devices which includes scanning, faxing and printing. These devices can be used with your access card. http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/services/informationandsupport/mfd

Microsoft Outlook calendar

Instructions on how to access the calendar can be found on:

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/its/services/programsandsoftware/emailandcalendar/exchange
It is important to use Outlook for your School diary system as only this method is used when sending invitations to meetings. 

Keys, SALTO & ID cards

If you require a key please check with your line manager and/or the School Office on ei@sussex.ac.uk

If you require a SALTO access card please fill in this form, have it signed by your line manager or the School Administrator and email it to SEF.ServiceCentre@mitie.com

New members of staff should email SEF.PrintUnit@mitie.com to request an ID card.

Please email us from your Sussex email account and attach a passport-style photo of yourself (a 'selfie' is acceptable in most cases).

When your card is ready you can collect from the Print Unit or we can post it to your campus or home address.

For futher information on ID cards, please visit the Print Unit webpage. 

New staff

Please visit this webpage for information for new staff. If you will be convening a module please also check the assessment convening handbook

Parking on campus

Comprehensive guidance to parking on campus can be found here

Parking information for staff can be found here.

Visitor parking information can be found here. If you have an all day visitor and require a scratch card please contact the School Office on ei@sussex.ac.uk to request one. 

Pay information

Current rates of pay can be found here

Research Support

Research support

Information on the University’s research support services can be found here. The School’s Research and Enterprise Coordinator can advise on research related matters, and help you identify support from across campus.

Please visit the School’s research pages where you will find information on seminars, information about grant application processes, and the School research strategy.

Research Canvas site (currently under construction)

The Canvas site: https://canvas.sussex.ac.uk/courses/6970

contains useful content including:

  • A staff expertise list, useful for identifying suitable critical friends for grant applications) as well as general policies.
  • REF policy and information.
  • Information on Open Access requirements.
  • Data and Ethics.

Elements (Research Information System)

You should also familiarise yourself with Elements https://www.sussex.ac.uk/library/research-outputs/elements. Elements supports the management of research activities by providing one single point of organisation, presentation, and reporting, for all scholarly and research activities, including research outputs. It also hosts the University staff profile pages.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions, and Support pages for help and training, or contact the Elements team directly.

Room booking

See central room booking system. (Not available while central timetabling is in progress).

You can book Chichester Foyer meeting rooms 1 and 2 via the School Office: ei@sussex.ac.uk or 01273 (67)8195

The Future Technologies Lab (Ci27/28/30) is also available for booking when not in use for teaching. Contact the School Office.

School meetings & committees
School meetings and committees

Meetings of the School of Engineering and Informatics are normally held on Wednesday afternoon in week 8 each term.

Other School committees (requires Sussex Direct login):

A full listing of other Committees & Teams within the University is also available via Sussex Direct.

Department meetings

Meetings of the Department of Engineering & Design and the Department of Informatics are normally held on Wednesday afternoons in weeks 5 and 10 each term. The membership consists of all academic and professional services staff and student representatives in the respective Departments.

School management

The Head of School is Professor Ian Wakeman. Ian is the line manager of all staff in the School. He is supported by a management team, which meets regularly and which consists of the School Directors, the Heads of Department and the School Administrator.

Dr Romeo Glovnea is Head of Department for Engineering & Design, Dr Ian Mackie is the Head of Department for Informatics.

The Directors each have a portfolio of administrative responsibility:

Dr Rupert Young, Director of Teaching and Learning

Dr Kate Howland, Director of Student Experience

Dr Martin White, Director of Doctoral Studies

Dr George Parisis, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange

Dr Esra Sorguven. Director of Admissions and Recruitment

Lily King is the School Administrator and she has overall responsibility for the school’s administration, and School Office resources and staffing.

School office team

School office team

Staff Development

The Universityhas a variety of offers to support your personal development including:

  • Workshops and courses
  • Online learning
  • Mentoring
Student reps

Student reps 

Travel

Before you travel please check the University's guidlines. Our prefered provider of travel arrangements is Key Travel, please try to use them wherever possible. Please ensure that you have University insurance in place. A risk assessment should be completed for each trip, along with registration of the trip through the link on Sussex Direct under the admin menu. More documents can be found on the Interanational Office website

Vehicle hire

The School owns a minibus that is available for our staff and students to hire for university activites. 

Maximum no of passengers: 8 + driver (no special licence is needed to drive the vehicle)
The minimum age for driving the school vehicle is 21. 
Drivers need to hold a valid driving licence. UK/European/International licences are accepted.

The School Office will need a copy of the licence.

Drivers need to complete a Driver Declaration Form once and a Vehicle Hire Form for each hire.

To book, contact the School Office: ei@sussex.ac.uk 

Visitor policy

Visitor policy 

Website updating

Please email your requests for updates to the School internal pages to ei@sussex.ac.uk

Workshop facilities

Please see the workshop facilities page here.

School of Engineering and Informatics (for staff and students)

School Office:
School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex, Chichester 1 Room 002, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9QJ
ei@sussex.ac.uk
T 01273 (67) 8195

School Office opening hours: School Office open Monday – Friday 09:00-15:00, phone lines open Monday-Friday 09:00-17:00
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