Working Life at QMU

At Queen Margaret University we pride ourselves on providing a working environment where staff can flourish and thrive.

Along with working in a modern university campus there are a number of attractive benefits available to employees of the university, some of which are detailed below:


Employees of QMU are offered the opportunity to join either the Lothian Pension Fund (LPF) or the Scottish Teacher Superannuation Scheme (STSS). New employees who have been members of the Universities Superannuation Scheme immediately prior to joining QMU are permitted to continue their membership of this scheme.

LGPS Discretions Policy

Annual Leave

Academic staff are entitled to 38 days paid leave and professional service staff are entitled to 31 days. The university is closed for 8 days over the Christmas and New Year period.

See our Annual Leave Policy


Flexible Working

QMU supports a range of flexible working arrangements where possible, including flexi-time, working from home and term-time hours. 

See our Flexible Working Policy 

Hybrid Working

Our working arrangements must enable the University to deliver, effective, high quality services to students, staff, funders and other stakeholders.

At QMU we define hybrid working as an informal and variable working arrangement where, within agreed parameters, a member of staff works some of their time at home, or at another agreed remote location, and some of their time on campus. Patterns of hybrid work may vary from week to week and month to month in response to the variable nature of the work people will undertake over the course of any given year.

This section provides an overview of our documentation, guidance and resources available to support hybrid working. These resources are designed to help and support colleagues implementing hybrid working in their area. Support and advice is also available from your HR Partner.

QMU Hybrid Working Guidance

Learning and Development

QMU is committed to providing all employees with learning and development opportunities in support of their professional and personal development. The University has a strategic plan that is committed to investment in the personal and professional development of our employees.

See our Develop Policy


What is YourContribution?

YourContribution is QMU's system to support our performance, development and employee feedback processes.  YourContribution is used to facilitate the University’s Performance Enhancement Review (PER) process. Access the system out with the QMU network please use this link to access your PER form. If you require any further support on accessing the system please email support

Health and Wellbeing Strategy

QMU recognises the importance of creating and maintaining a healthy and safe working environment for both staff and students. A healthy workforce is integral to our strategic plan and to achieve these objectives the University has put in place a Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

Learning Resource Centre

All staff and students of QMU are entitled to join the Library free of charge. The Library supports teaching, learning and research across QMU and to provides for all information needs.

Sports Facilities

The QMU Sports Centre includes Fitness Suite, Astroturf (suitable for Football, Tennis and Hockey Training) and Sports Hall (suitable for Badminton, Basketball, Table Tennis, Netball and Volleyball). We also offer staff members a one week free trial of full membership which can be taken at any time during employment. 

Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Arrangements

Subject to a qualifying length of service, employees are entitled to Occupational Maternity and Paternity pay, which enhances Statutory Maternity and Paternity pay.

Refer to our Maternity Policy Paternity Policy

Employee Assistance

All employees of QMU have access to a independent, free and confidential, Employee Assistance service including employee counselling.

Bike to Work

QMU participates in a Bike to Work Scheme for employees. Further details are available from Human Resources.

Interest Free Travel Loans

Interest free loans for travel passes are available to QMU staff.

Human Resources Enquiries

The recruitment process is managed by the QMU HR team.

For any recruitment and selection process enquiries, please contact us.

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Human Resources Enquiries

Human Resources Team 0131 474 0000