UKRI Terms and Conditions

Most new employees into UKRI with a start date post 1 April 2018 will be subject to the employment terms and conditions listed below on this page.

Additionally staff that transferred into UKRI may be subject to these terms if they meet the circumstance in which the new terms will be applied. For further information on this please refer to Circumstances under which UKRI Terms and Conditions & Pay System will be applied.

If there is any doubt which terms apply to you, please refer to your local UKRI HR team for further advice.

  • Legacy terms for staff that transferred from the research councils can be found here.
  • Legacy terms for staff that transferred from HEFCE can be found here.
  • Legacy terms for staff that transferred from Innovate UK can be found here.
  • For staff that have transferred from Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) please refer to your local HR team for further advice.

Many of these terms are a continuation of those that originally applied to research council employees. UKRI is a new organisation which replaces the Research Councils and as UKRI is still in the process of updating the below terms to reflect this, where there is a reference to Research Council this should be read as a reference to UKRI.

Newly published guidance

The most recently published guidance is available below:

Guidance on Policies

This document provides guidance for policy authors and owners to ensure a structured approach to UKRI operational policies so that they ;

  • Reflect regulations and best practice,
  • Are maintained and up to date,
  • Consider impact assessments,
  • Clear and easy to understand
  • Easily accessible to all UKRI employees.   

Modern Slavery Act (MSA)

In line with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in all its activities and contractual suppliers, whilst working with them to ensure that their supply chains are also free from slavery and human trafficking. 

Gifts & Hospitality

This policy covers the offering and acceptance of gifts and hospitality and the important role that the gifts and hospitality register(s) play in ensuring transparency and compliance with the seven principles of Public Life. It is underpinned by the UKRI Code of Conduct.

Conflicts Of Interest

This policy covers conflict of interest and the important role that UKRI staff play in ensuring transparency and compliance with the seven principles of Public Life.  The policy is underpinned by the UKRI Code of Conduct and applies to all UKRI employees.


Beyond the employment terms and conditions listed, some councils have specific additional policies and guidance documents relevant for that council.

Any doubt which policy refers to you, please contact your relevant HR team.

*Please note the Knowledgebase and Conditions of Employment Memoranda Webpages are intranet sites and may only available for the relevant council staff to access them.