Human Resources

Ensuring my health, safety and wellbeing

The University of Portsmouth is committed to ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees.

Occupational Health

The University’s Occupational Health Service provides advice to individuals and managers on work related health problems and health problems that can affect work.

Our Occupational Health pages also contain information and advice on Mental Health.


The University considers that a strong health, safety and wellbeing culture together with a safe and secure environment are fundamental to its success.

The Health & Safety office provides information on all aspects of health and safety within the University, which includes accident prevention and reporting, first-aid provision, workplace inspections and the Health & Safety training events calendar.

To find out more, visit the Health and Safety Policy webpage where you can download the Health & Safety Policy Statement and the Health & Safety Policy Organisation & Arrangements.

Travelling overseas on University business

Without exception, overseas travel must be formally approved in principle by the Head of Department and/or Line Manager. This is by means of authorised FIN1 (staff) or FIN30 (student). If the trip is being financed by an external organisation and therefore does not require a FIN1/ FIN30, authorisation from the Head of Department and/or Line Manager must still be sought.

Please see the University Overseas Travel section for full information and guidance on the procedures for travelling overseas on University business.


The Wellbeing section of the Staff Essentials pages also contains information and advice on Mental Wellbeing, as well as Family, Physical Activity and Diet and Nutrition.

Employee Assistance Programme

The University provides an Employee Assistance Programme which offers a free, confidential Helpline, providing unlimited access to information, advice and support, and onward referral to telephone or face-to-face counselling where appropriate. The service is designed to help individuals deal with a range of problems, no matter how big or small, which may affect their personal lives or performance at work.

For more information on the services and support available from the Employee Assistance Programme- RehabWorks Ltd (Workplace Wellness), visit: and log in using the username UPuser.

Equality & Diversity

With students arriving at the University of Portsmouth from over 120 countries each year, and the University's commitment to widening participation in higher education attracting an ever-increasing variety of students - and indeed staff - understanding and accommodating their needs is essential to its continued success. The Equality and Diversity team undertake a wide variety of work to achieve this. You can find out more on the Equality & Diversity web pages, which also includes the Equality & Diversity Policy Statement.

Dignity and Respect

The Dignity and Respect Policy (formerly the Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy) sets out the University’s commitment to delivering a working and learning environment of dignity and respect, free from harassment and bullying, ensuring we adhere to the Equality Act 2010. The Policy sets out the responsibilities of everyone in ensuring all feel valued and respected and are able to work and study in a discrimination-free environment that promotes equality of opportunity and where difference is valued and respected by all.

Staff forums

As part of the University's commitment to equal opportunities, the Equality and Diversity Unit has created a number of Staff Networks. These exist to allow staff from similar backgrounds to meet, network and discuss the issues that matter to them. They also allow for the exchange of views, mutual support and advice as well as giving a platform from which to express concerns, raise awareness and instigate positive change within the University.

Support for staff with a disability

The University has a Disabled Staff Network , for consultation with disabled staff and for their mutual support. The Network exists for all staff  'with a long term illness, disability or infirmity that affects their everyday life or the work that they do'.

The University of Portsmouth offers a range of support services for individuals with disabilities and their managers, you can find more details on the Support for Staff with a Disability webpage.

Harassment Adviser Network

The University provides a Harassment Adviser Network, which is available to help all students and staff who feel they may have been bullied or have themselves been accused of bullying.  

Employee Alcohol and Drug Policy 

The Employee Alcohol and Drug Policy sets out the approach the University will take when the use of alcohol or drugs adversely affects the performance or behaviour of employees. The University is committed to offering information and guidance to help individuals find professional help and to ensuring that they are treated sensitively. The University also has a responsibility, however, to ensure that the health, safety and welfare of students, staff or members of the public are not jeopardised through staff use of alcohol or drugs. It also has a responsibility to safeguard University property.