Effective Contribution Scheme (ECS)

The Effective Contribution Scheme is:

The aim of the ECS is to allow a discussion between an employee and their direct line manager to ensure that each individual can maximise the quality and impact of their contribution whilst also considering their training needs. It gives an opportunity to provide appropriate support for development to enable performance in individual roles, manage workload and wider wellbeing conversations. 

  • One meeting – once a year for all staff
  • Combines the 3 elements for Academic staff: WAMM, PeRP and ECS so that the discussion about quality and impact is joined up
  • Enables conversations about expectations and flexibility of role
  • Joins up the conversation about role and career development 

During the ECS meeting  personal goals and training needs should be clearly linked to the aims and objectives of the Department and to the university’s strategic aims.

All members of staff are required to record their ECS electronically through https://myhr.aber.ac.uk

Further training and information will be available following the launch of the new ECS system.  We value your feedback and encourage you to respond with comments and questions or requests for further training by emailing: Hyfforddi-Train


Guidance for Reviewees

For guidance for reviewees using the Effective Contribution Scheme online portal click on ECS Reviewer Online Process Guidance  

Guidance for Reviewers

For guidance for reviewers using the Effective Contribution Scheme online portal click on ECS Reviewer Online Process Guidance

Guidance for Academic Staff 

Effective Contribution Scheme - Guidance for Academic Staff

Guidance for Non-academic staff 

Effective Contribution Scheme - Guidance for Non-academic Staff

ECS for non-academic staff grade 1 - 5

To enable as many staff as possible to complete their Effective Contribution conversations a Word-based form for use by staff on Grades 1 -5 is available for managers to use. This can be uploaded onto the ECS system.


If you have any questions about how to use this form please contact your HR Business Partner at:  hrbp@aber.ac.uk.