According to Fixed-term employment contracts at gov.uk:
Anyone who’s worked continually for the same employer for 2 years or more has the same redundancy rights as a permanent employee.
When ending a fixed-term contract specifically:
If a contract isn't renewed, this is considered to be a dismissal, and if the employee has 2 years’ service the employer needs to show that there’s a ‘fair’ reason for not renewing the contract.
Redundancy rights include redundancy pay and a notice period, among other things.
Do those redundancy rights apply for research funded staff on fixed term employment contracts at universities in England? My question covers both postdocs (Grade 6) and other research funded staff (Grade 7).
(There are also other rights, such as Any employee on fixed-term contracts for 4 or more years will automatically become a permanent employee, but those come with caveats already on the gov.uk page; my question is specifically about redundancy rights)
Edit: It appears this may depend on whether postdocs are legally considered trainees on a work-experience placement or not. Since my question covers both postdocs and other research funded staff, the trainee-or-not status of postdocs would need to be established in order to answer the overall question.