Professional Experience Program - Leave

The Professional Experience Program (PEP) is available to academic staff to provide for a period of professional development to the mutual benefit of a staff member and the University.

The University Policy HR 9.2 Professional Experience Program sets out the operational requirements, in addition to the relevant section of the current collective/enterprise agreements.

Summary of key points

Please refer to policy HR 9.2 Professional Experience Program for comprehensive details. PEP is approved on the basis of stated criteria and eligibility requirements. The maximum period of a PEP is normally six months and generally will not embrace more than one teaching semester.

A staff member will be paid their normal salary whilst on PEP. Members of staff who are granted PEP may be given assistance towards fares and other expenses at levels determined by Council from time to time.

After returning from PEP a staff member will be expected to remain in the employment of the University for a further period of one year. A staff member who has returned from PEP shall submit to the Professional Experience Program Committee a report in a format as indicated in Appendix D of Policy HR-9.2.

Staff must negotiate any extension to the period of PEP due to 5 or more continuous days of sick leave with the relevant Executive Dean and the local Manager Business Partnerships within the People, Talent and Culture (PTC) team.

Recreation leave accrued while on PEP leave is deemed to have been taken during the period of PEP leave.

Operational procedures

Alert: COVID-19 alternative arrangements

Due to travel restrictions and other social distancing principles relating to COVID-19, the University is currently reviewing the operational requirements relating to the Professional Experience Program. Further information regarding these revised arrangements will be communicated to staff in early 2021. 

Any existing staff on approved PEP leave may continue on such leave within the current constraints and provisions for managing the response to COVID-19.  Any variation to amend or cancel PEP by a staff member must be approved by the relevant Executive Dean elect.