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The University has a number of policies and networks in place to support staff, including:

School policies and support

In addition to University wide support for staff, the School has a number of policies designed to support staff in probation, progression and promotion.


Current arrangements are such that staff new to academic posts are provided with a mentor within their Department. New staff are also supported through their probationary period (usually 3 years) by one or more general mentors. Staff considering promotion are provided with a specialist mentor.

Provision of mentorship is currently being reviewed within SPEIR and future plans aim to:

  • Formalise the existing mentor scheme and expand mentoring culture by:
  • Including mentoring for grant applications to provide longer term support around research development.
  • Guidance on career support expectations of Professors and research advice and support.
  • Making mentoring available to staff at any stage of career – including a discussion of mentoring needs in PDRs, and in meetings around maternity and parental leave planning.
  • Inviting and supporting a range of staff to develop as mentors and using mentors from outside SPEIR.

Timings of meetings, seminars and working hours

All School and departmental wide meetings are held before 16:00. Minutes and agendas are circulated in advance to allow contributions from those unable to attend.

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