Flexi-time scheme for Loughborough University staff

Introduction and Rules

Normal office hours should operate in a way that ensures a 37 hour working week. Your own working hours are subject to agreement by your Line Manager.

The Flexi-time Scheme allows employees in staff grades 1-5, within the rules of the scheme, reasonable scope to vary their start and finish times to suit their personal circumstances and business needs, so long as they fulfil their overall commitment to work an average of 37 hours per week over a four week period. The scheme works two ways and therefore employees may on occasion be required to work longer hours to meet organisational need. 


The scheme applies to all members of staff grades 1-5 who are expected to work normal office hours. The only exceptions to this will be certain agreed categories of staff, for example pool attendants, where use of the scheme would not be compatible with operational constraints or staff who work on a shift system. 

The scheme is offered as a privilege and is not part of the conditions of service. It may be withdrawn from individuals if abused.

Basics of the scheme

All full-time employees must work 148 hours during the four weekly accounting period (equivalent to 37 hours per week), adjusted to take account of annual leave days, public holidays and university closure days.  Subject to a requirement to be in the office during core hours (see below) they may adjust their start and finish times within a defined range (see below) so as to fulfil this total.

They may carry over any surplus up to a maximum of 8 hours from one four week period to the next. Any deficit, up to a maximum of 3 hours, should also be carried over. Deficits of over three hours are not allowed under the scheme.

Part-time employees are also required to fulfil their four weekly total hours (eg.  22.5 hours per week x 4 = 90 hours). The same carry over rules apply as to full-time staff and are not pro rata for part-time employees.

Core hours

All employees must present during core hours each day, which are 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Non-core hours

Subject to building opening hours and any relevant health and safety considerations, employees may start work between 7.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m., and finish between 4.00 p.m. and 7.00 p.m. Hours worked outside these times cannot be counted towards flexi-time totals.

Attendance patterns on a day to day basis will be subject to agreement with managers and colleagues in the light of anticipated workload.

Lunch break

All employees must take/record at least 30 minutes break at lunchtime.

Flexi leave

The scheme allows employees to vary their start and finish times to suit their personal circumstances, therefore employees will be able, on a day-to-day basis and in agreement with their colleagues and HoD/Line Manager/Supervisor, to work flexibly within the non-core hours.

In addition, those employees who have built up a surplus of hours may use these to take additional leave (flexi-leave) which does not count against their contractual annual leave entitlement. A maximum of one day, or two half days leave may be taken during each four week period, for part-time staff the full or half-day total maybe less than 7.4 hours.

All flexi-leave will be at the discretion of the HoD/Line Manager/Supervisor and where necessary, arranged in liaison with colleagues within the department.

Carry over of surplus hours

A maximum of 8 hours may be carried over from one four week period to the next. Any surplus in excess of 8 hours will be lost.

Surplus hours do not count as paid overtime, which, if available, must be agreed in advance and should not be recorded on flexi-time records.

Sickness / absence / University closure days / public holidays

Time recorded for these days will be the normal contracted hours that an employee would have usually worked that day eg. 7.4 hours for full-time staff.

Should an employee have been intending to work additional hours on a day which they were unable to work due to sickness, then the daily hours recorded will be at the contracted hours total.

Recording of hours

Start and finish times, annual leave and public holidays are recorded on a time sheet which is available as a computer spreadsheet, covering the four week period. Employees must keep track of their hours on a daily basis. At the end of the period total hours and any carryover are calculated - the spreadsheet does this automatically. 

For full-time employees working 37 hours per week each day is calculated as 7.4 hours, regardless of which day it is, for instance a University closure day falling on a Monday is 7.4 hours, a days annual leave taken on a Friday would also be 7.4 hours.

Recording half day and finish times

For full-time staff wishing to take half a days flexi or annual leave, hours should be calculated as 3.45 hours eg. 9.00 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. or 1.45 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Doctor, dentist and hospital appointments

Routine doctors and dentist appointment must be taken outside core hours. Where exceptional circumstances dictate, an appointment that is taken inside core hours must be recorded manually at the end of the four weeks in order that the time is made up and recorded as a deficit.

Hospital and antenatal appointments may be taken in core time, employees would not be expected to work additional hours to make the time up. However, where possible and to avoid disruption, employees should try to arrange appointments for either end of their working day. Copies of hospital appointment letters may be requested.


The completed flexi spreadsheet should be signed by the employee and checked and countersigned by their line manager/supervisor.

The supervisor should check that the attendance recorded is accurate, to their knowledge, and that university holidays and leave days have been entered. The latter is particularly important in the case of the spreadsheet, since if these entries are not complete the final analysis will be wrong.

The sheet should be retained by the employee for a period of 12 months.

Management of the scheme

The line manager/supervisor should ensure that details of the scheme are communicated to eligible employees, that they have the appropriate documentation to complete, and that he/she receives the appropriate timesheets for countersignature and that they are an accurate record.

If required, the HR Department will provide appropriate training for managers in the operation of the scheme and will provide general assistance in its implementation. Please contact the relevant HR contact for your department.

Further development for flexible working

The Human Resources Committee has agreed that there may be scope for extending the flexible working schemes and HR will be examining the possibility of other initiatives such as seasonal, compressed and annualised hours along with working from home.