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Jo Nickless

HR Manager

HR Manager

In my role as HR Manager I work closely with both the Personnel and Administration Manager and the Head of Administration and Finance, providing a professional and effective HR service to the Department and supporting managers with complex HR queries by providing specialist advice and practical support.   

This includes:

  • providing advice on and supporting managers with employee relations matters that arise, ensuring compliance with University procedures and best practice. Employee relations matters may typically include:  sickness absence, disciplinary and grievance, team re-organisations, family leave, time off for dependants and flexible working requests;
  • acting as departmental co-ordinator for the annual Personal Development Review (PDR) and annual Reward and Recognition process for the support and academic-related staff;
  • responsibility for the maintenance of the Department’s training database to ensure compliance with mandatory training.  Follow up with managers and staff on required training as necessary.   Arrange for training courses to be held on a regular basis, with responsibility for the associated administration;
  • acting as the Department’s primary contact with the Occupational Health Service;
  • taking the lead and supporting HR related projects as required. 
  • I joined the Department of Experimental Psychology in September 2021. Previous to this, I have worked in the University of Oxford since 2005, most recently in the Department for Continuing Education in the role of Deputy Administrator and HR Manager.