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Induction and probation

Induction

The purpose of the workplace induction is to make the transition into a new job as smooth as possible. This has benefits for the employee as well as the University. The employee will gain more information about the University and how they and their department fit in to that structure. It should give the employee a glimpse of the bigger picture (the People Development team go into more detail on this in the Induction course which employees will attend within the first 8 weeks of employment).

A well-planned and executed induction will make new staff feel more at ease on arrival, provide an introduction to the University and essential background information to help the person with their job The University want to increase staff retention and by providing a good induction plan this will hopefully mean that new employees feel comfortable in their roles and in their teams.

An employee's induction also gives the chance to ask any questions and to go over any aspects of employment that need confirming. Line Managers will go through the induction process step by step with new employees over the first few weeks.

Please visit the New Staff Induction web page for further information.

Probation

All new staff at the University are appointed with probationary period. When a new member of staff is appointed there is an expectation and belief that the individual is capable of performing their duties to a satisfactory standard. This will be reviewed over an appropriate timescale which varies for different staff groups.

Non-academic staff

All newly appointed non-academic staff (including research staff) will, unless otherwise agreed with Human Resources, be subject to a period of probation which is normally 6 months in duration.
The purpose of probation is to ensure that the performance of the new member of staff is monitored regularly, problems are resolved at an early stage, and any inability to meet the requirements of the job is recognised and necessary action taken promptly.

Please use the links below for the Contractual Probation Procedure and Contractual Probation Review Form.

Academic staff

Newly appointed Lecturers are appointed with a three-year probationary period. The procedure will enable progress against probationary objectives to be reviewed over the course of the 3 years. The Academic Probation page outlines how this works in practice.  

 

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