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Employee Relations Operations team

The Employee Relations Operations team is headed by Sara Limerick and is a professionally qualified team providing advice and guidance to staff and managers on a range of enquiries relating to their employment at the University. We work with our colleagues across Human Resources to develop capacity and capability of staff and support managers by providing a range of solutions the enable them to make decisions. 

Senior Employee Relations Advisers

  • Providing HR support relating to a variety of employment issues.
  • Coach and support managers on adopting good HR practice by offering effective HR advice through the interpretation of current employment and case law, best practice and relevant policies.
  • Advice to managers on employee relations cases e.g. sickness, disciplinary, capability etc, supporting them through investigations, in line with relevant policies and procedures, REF, HERA evaluations, ill health cases.
  • Support for Athena Swan.


Faculty of Humanities Faculty of Science and Health  Faculty of Social Sciences 
Alex Boardley

Jo Matthias

Kate Horn

Alex Boardley


Professional Services UECS WHHL

Chantal Mills

Jennifer Davies


Employee Relations Advisers

  • Providing assistance with flexible working requests.
  • Maternity/paternity/parental leave enquiries.
  • General absence concerns.
  • RTW meetings.
  • General HR enquiries.
  • ASC and probation monitoring.
  • Honorary titles.
  • Individual Access Arrangements form.
  • Tier 4 reporting.
  • Flexible benefits.


Faculty of Humanities Faculty of Science and Health Faculty of Social Science


Professional Services UECS WHHL

Rebecca Black


Employee Relations Assistants

  • Help with general HR queries including annual leave, campus cards, RTW queries etc.
  • Employee records, including processing any contract changes, new starters, absence processing and leavers.

The Employee Relations Assistants can be contacted via staffing@essex.ac.uk

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