University Of Cumbria HR

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University Of Cumbria HR

University Of Cumbria HR

Our Human Resources department operates from our Lancaster campus and our Fusehill Street campus in Carlisle. We recognise staff as our greatest asset, so we aim to create a working environment which engages staff, enabling them to give their best, take pride in their work and make a real difference

We support

  • All staff of the university
  • Individuals interested in applying to work at the university

Our responsibilities

  • To devise and implement, in partnership with others, HR policies, procedures and practices which ensure that there is good, effective and consistent people management throughout the University.
  • To ensure compliance with current Equal Opportunities policy

HR Excellence in Research Award

The University of Cumbria is committed to supporting and developing the careers of its researchers. The HR Research Excellence Award process provides a framework to support this and incorporates both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers.

The action plan is a fundamental element of our achieving the HR Excellence Award in October 2015.


JobCentre Plus has awarded the University the Two Ticks Disability (Positive about Disabled People) symbol. This symbol recognises those employers who have agreed to meet certain commitments regarding the recruitment, employment, retention and career development of disabled people.

The New Joint Negotiating Committee for Higher Education Staff (New JNCHES) is the central committee for multi-employer negotiations and dialogue on pay and pay-related issues.   The University adheres to JNCHES regulations.

General enquiries

For all Human Resources queries, contact us via or via (01524) 590883.

HR staff are based at our campuses in Carlisle and Lancaster and the Director of Student and Staff Services is located at our Lancaster campus.

Director and Business Partners

Michelle Leek, Director of Student and Staff Services
Phone: 01524 590882
Please contact or (01524) 590883 for Michelle’s administrative support

David Owen, HR Operations Manager 
Phone: 01524 590883

Gail Best, Head of Business Partnering
Phone: 01524 590915

Denise Mace, HR Manager
Phone: 01524 385680