Ensure that structures are in place so that researchers are kept appropriately informed about the state of funding. Guidance is available online concerning consultation and notice periods for both fixed-term and open-ended contracts.

Note that the expiry or non-renewal of a fixed term contract is a dismissal in law on the grounds of redundancy. This means that statutory dismissal procedures apply to staff on fixed term contracts. Failure to observe the minimum steps in the University's procedure for the ending of fixed-term contracts could mean that a dismissal is automatically deemed to be unfair and taken to a tribunal.