Voluntary Severance (VS) Scheme - Human Resources - Newcastle University

Voluntary Severance (VS) Scheme

As many staff will know, the University is developing its new strategy to set the future direction of the organisation in the years ahead. Since 2012, the University has experienced considerable growth in terms of student numbers and research income and this has enabled investment to accommodate this growth.  This investment has mainly been focused on new staff, new student residences, sports and library facilities, teaching and IT support; and in research where we have invested in new equipment and developing early career researchers.

However, this growth has not been experienced in all parts of the University.  Most significant has been the fall in our international student recruitment numbers and we have also lost market share for research income. This has mainly affected the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE).

In order to provide sufficient funds for future investment in strategically important areas in FMS and SAgE, the University is introducing a VS scheme in these two faculties.

Details of the scheme are available in the documents below.  Anyone in the two faculties interested in VS should check the eligibility criteria and can discuss their interest in the scheme with their Head of Unit or Faculty HR Manager.

The VS Scheme will be open from 23 November 2017 to 9 February 2018.

A University panel will meet to consider applications around mid-February 2018, and staff will be informed of the outcome in early March.

All departures agreed under the VS scheme will need to be completed by 31 July 2018 at the latest.

Communication to staff (PDF, 141KB)

VS scheme (PDF, 88KB)

VS application form (Word, 20KB)

FAQs (PDF, 214KB)