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Public holidays and compulsory leave days

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

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.

Compulsory leave days

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.

Bridging days 2019 - 2021

Collective closure 2019

  • Friday 31 May (Ascension Day is Thursday 30 May)
  • Friday 27 December
  • Monday 30 December
  • Tuesday 31 December 

Collective closure 2020

  • Friday 22 May (Ascension Day is Thursday 21 May)
  • Monday 28 December
  • Tuesday 29 December
  • Wednesday 30 December 
  • Thursday 31 December 

Collective closure 2021

  • Friday 14 May (Ascension Day is Thursday 13 May)
  • Monday 27 December
  • Tuesday 28 December
  • Wednesday 29 December 
  • Thursday 30 December
  • Friday 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.