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Principles of grievance and disciplinary investigations and report writing

This is a practical one-day workshop which combines key elements of our two separate workshops Conducting grievance and disciplinary investigations and Grievance and disciplinary investigations - how to write the report.

It covers the key components of a disciplinary or grievance investigation and takes participants through the practicalities of writing the report following an investigation to ensure that the investigation and the written report contain the necessary elements to under pin a fair and impartial decision making process. 

By the end of the workshop participants will understand how the investigation fits into the disciplinary and grievance framework and how to:

  • Prepare for the investigation.
  • Use questioning and listening skills.
  • Take notes effectively.
  • Carry out a fair and reasonable investigation.
  • Record findings.

Please note that this workshop covers the investigation process rather than the setting-up of panels or the hearing itself. 

HR professionals and other line managers alike will find this workshop of practical use. The workshop will also offer an excellent opportunity to discuss issues with fellow participants.

Attendance at this workshop is limited to 12 participants.

The timed programme can be found below.

Principles of grievance and disciplinary investigations and report writing - programme

Prices and booking processes:

Delegates from UCEA member institutions

£335 per place

Book your place(s) online via the online booking form


Delegates from other HEIs and HE sector agencies

£435 per place

If you would like to register your interest in attending this workshop please email  

A number of HEIs have hosted UCEA’s grievance and disciplinary investigations workshops on their own premises.

This enables the workshop to be run on a bespoke basis and delegates are trained in the use of the specific policies in operation at the HEI.

With no participant travel costs, it also offers a high cost saving for the institution.

A HEI bespoke course can also cover specific issues in more detail such as report writing, presenting at or chairing grievance hearings effectively. Actors can be used to enhance learning via role play.

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