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Role and responsibilities

All staff have certain defined responsibilities and duties.

For academic-related staff a detailed description of duties is compiled for each office or post, using the standard format of Form PD33. You should receive a copy of the PD33 for your post, from your institution, on taking up appointment which you are asked to read and sign to confirm you understand the requirements of the role.

The job description (PD33) outlines the activities and responsibilities of your post and identifies the person or persons to whom you are immediately responsible. The job description is not exhaustive and you may be expected to carry out other duties appropriate to the grade of your post on the request of your supervisor or the Head of the Department.

Hours of work

If your appointment is full-time you are expected to work such reasonable hours and days as are necessary for the proper performance of your duties.

As a guide, the General Board expects the average full-time working week to be in the region of 37 to 40 hours. Under the Working Time Regulations, 1998, you are not required to work more than 48 hours per week unless you sign an agreement to do so.

Tea breaks

The University of Cambridge policy states that tea or cigarette breaks should not add up to more than two hours per week in total for those working full time.  Our arrangements are more flexible, but please be reasonable and limit your tea breaks to 15-20 minutes.  If you smoke at work, cigarette breaks must be taken during or instead of your tea break and if you have more than one cigarette break in the morning and one in the afternoon, all cigarette breaks and tea breaks together must be limited to 40 minutes in total per day (pro rata’d where required).

Annual Leave - see Leave 

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