Human Resources

Settling into the University

The following support and resources are designed to help you settle in to working at the University. Your manager is your key contact for information and can guide you through on-boarding.

Getting Started

Please read the following guides which will support you in getting started and settling into the University.


Getting Around

The University has over 500 buildings across the city of Edinburgh. To help you navigate your way around, use the following resources.

Travel and Transport 


Upay Cashless Catering

Applying for a staff card


Getting Online

Information Services (IS) provide most of the computing, library and eLearning resources you will use during your time at the University.

IT Information for New Starts

IT Help


Getting Paid

Find out more about pay scales, pay dates, pensions, how to claim expenses and view your payslips.  


Pay Dates


Claiming Expenses

The University’s HR and finance services can be accessed through the People and Money system 


Annual Leave and Other Benefits

Details and information on various types of benefits available to you can be found here.

Annual Leave

Staff Benefits (EASE login required)

Save and borrow with the Credit Union, join online Introductory loan of up to £1500 available for new members.


Getting Support

You may need advice and support from a variety of sources at different stages of your employment. 

Human Resources

Health and Safety

Union information

Information Compliance Services


Looking After Your Wellbeing

We all need to take care of our own wellbeing - to take steps to recognise and reduce stress. Find out what support is available from a range of services including Staff Counselling, gym access to Mindfulness courses in the Chaplaincy.

Health and Wellbeing  


Celebrating Our Diversity

We recognise the array of talented and diverse individuals who are involved with the University and make us such a great place to work and study. We're striving to create a more diverse and inclusive University and here some examples of the work we are doing in this area.

Staff Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Networks 

Bringing together and representing staff groups at University of Edinburgh

Disabled Staff Network for disabled staff and carers

Edinburgh Race Equality Network (EREN) for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and allies

Staff BAME Network for all Black, Asian, minority ethnic staff

Staff Pride LGBT+ Network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies


EDI in action

The University is committed to eliminating institutional and structural barriers, and individual behaviours that allow inequalities to perpetuate. Find out more below. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Outcomes

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC)

EDIC Thematic Subcommittees


Find out more about all of the above on our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion pages.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


How We Work Together

Our values are at the heart of Strategy 2030 and provide a foundation for creating an environment which is respectful and collaborative, and in which all staff can thrive.

Our vision, purpose and values | The University of Edinburgh

Tools to promote this positive culture include the ‘Dignity and Respect Policy’, which sets out the University’s expectations of all staff and students, and the ‘Behaviours Charter’, which acts as a values-led guide to support consistent conversations around how we do our jobs and what we do.


The Behaviours Charter | The University of Edinburgh

You should feel empowered and supported by the University to challenge any instances of bullying, harassment and discrimination. The Respect at Edinburgh web hub brings together information and guidance on the processes for raising and addressing concerns, and the support and training available.

Respect at Edinburgh | The University of Edinburgh


Other Useful Contacts

The University is split into three colleges and three professional service groups and some provide induction support for new starts. Ask your line manager what is available and visit the following sites for more information. 

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences 


College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Corporate Services Group

Information Services Group

University Secretary's Group


View a full list of services and support