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Information about UCL’s temporary Voluntary Resignation Scheme

20 October 2022

UCL is developing a scheme which will allow some staff to leave UCL of their own personal choice in return for a payment. This provides an opportunity for eligible staff who wish to pursue other interests or careers elsewhere, to do so with the support of a payment.

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Details of this scheme are now available including eligibility to apply, details of the payment and the application and approval process. There are also FAQs which address questions you might have including access to your pension following resignation. We will continue to update these FAQs as further questions arise.

We are also developing guidance for managers to support you in making decisions which will be available soon through the same page. There will be other tools coming including a payment calculator, process map and application form to access the scheme. We will share these as soon as they are available.  

The scheme is open for a limited time only from 28 November 2022 to 15 January 2023. Applications will be considered together and approved or rejected after the closing date.  

The scheme is entirely voluntary, and no-one will be encouraged to apply. However, once an application is submitted this will normally be on the understanding that if it is approved, the employee will be leaving at the end of their notice period and having signed a Settlement Agreement. Staff should therefore consider their application carefully and not apply speculatively. Applications will be kept strictly confidential and on a “without prejudice” basis. 

Staff who may need pensions information are encouraged to request this early, as it can sometimes take a while for the information to be calculated and supplied. This can be requested from pensions@ucl.ac.uk and should be done as soon as possible. 

Please share details of this scheme with your teams, including those who are on a long-term absence. You can reach out to your HR Business Partner for a briefing or discussion with your relevant leadership teams around this.  

We have also set up a series of open drop-in sessions open to all staff where managers and employees can find out more about the scheme and ask general questions: 

We will continue to develop further guidance to support you through this scheme and will share more information soon. Any questions can also be directed to HRvoluntaryresignation@ucl.ac.uk.