As a member of UT staff you do not have to work on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, King's Day, Liberation Day, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. At your request, your faculty or unit may grant you leave on other religious holidays.

The UT closes for public holidays and compulsory leave days and you normally will not be required to work on those days.

It is possible that you may have to work on a public holiday or during a collective closure, for the UT's benefit. In that case you will receive a leave day at a different time to compensate for the hours worked. In addition, you may be entitled to a bonus for working non-standard hours (TOD).


Public holidays include: New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Christmas and Boxing Day, King's Day and Liberation Day. These public holidays will not be detracted from your leave hours.


Every year the Executive Board determines a maximum of 7 days on which the University will collectively close (bridging days). Usually, these are the Friday after Ascension and the days between Christmas and the turn of the year. During a collective closure you are required to take up leave. The number of hours that you would have normally worked, according to your employment pattern on those days, will be automatically subtracted from your total leave hours. If you are sick during a collective closure, the leave hours involved will lapse.


Collective closure 2017

  • Friday 26 May (Ascension Day is Thursday 25 May)
  • Wednesday 27 December
  • Thursday 28 December
  • Friday 29 December

Collective closure 2018

  • Friday 11 May (Ascension Day is Thursday 10 May)
  • Monday 24 December
  • Thursday 27 December
  • Friday 28 December
  • Monday 31 December

Please note:

With regard to 2018 the Executive Board has decided to designate Monday 24 December 2018 as a bridging day. As a rule the bridging days are the days between Christmas and the turn of the year, amongst others. This is therefore an additional day.