Date lodged: 11 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to encourage universities to end the use of fractional contracts.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 27 October 2016
The terms and conditions of employment of staff is a matter for individual universities as autonomous institutions. However, the Scottish Government would encourage every university to adhere to the principles of fair work, set out in the Fair Work Framework, published in April 2016. Ministers commitment to this was further highlighted in the Interim Letter of Guidance issued to the Scottish Funding Council on 29 September 2016.