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New research staff


Professor Diane Berry, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, University of ReadingWelcome to Reading. I am delighted that you have chosen to join our University, which has an international reputation for excellence in research. We are committed to high standards in the training and career development of our Research Staff. Our Research Staff are central to the success of our institution.

Your well-being whilst at work is a significant part of our Human Resources Strategy. So, in addition to the support you will receive from your research team, your Principal Investigator, and your Department and School, we have a number of administrative staff who are dedicated to making your career at Reading as productive as possible.

Once again, welcome. I am sure your career with us at Reading will be a productive, rewarding and enjoyable one.

I wish you every success with your research here.

Professor Dianne Berry OBE, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies

Essentials for getting started as a researcher at Reading

  • New Staff Induction
    THE GUIDE to working at the University for new staff.


  • Research Staff Induction
  • You should also receive a local induction from your School and be allocated a mentor to guide you through the research specific aspects of working at the University. Contact your School Executive Administration for further details.



  • Local Concordat
  • An agreement between the University of Reading and its unions concerning career management and the conditions of employment for post-doctoral researchers employed on fixed term contracts.


For the initial part of your contract you will be on probation. For further information download a copy of the University's policy on probation for non-academic staff (PDF - 117KB).

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Researcher Development Framework

Use this with your mentor to plan you career developmentRDF


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