Months 1-3

Your first 3 months within a new role can be exhilarating and overwhelming. To help you with this stage of your induction journey, please explore the information below.




Teaching and Learning



Additional Information

Welcome from the University of Leicester
As a new starter, you will be invited to attend the Welcome to the University of Leicester: New Staff induction event. Further details of this event will be emailed to you by Organisational Development. This session will be focused on networking with other new starters from across the University and will enable you to find out more about the University’s support services.

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Mandatory Training
All staff who are new to the University are required to complete mandatory training, such as Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training and Information Security Awareness training. You will find a list of the mandatory training on the HR Induction Checklist

The majority of your mandatory training will be available on Blackboard. Each course doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting and you’re invited to complete these at your own pace.

The College recommends that all mandatory training is completed during your induction period.

Organisational Development Support

The University’s Organisational Development team provides further training in areas such as: IT, developing teaching practice, researcher development and student administration training.

Please feel free to explore the list of staff training opportunities at your leisure during your induction period.

As a member of staff you can also download specialist IT programmes such as Panopto and Mind Manager to use on your University IT account and PC. Find out more about the Programme Installer

As a staff member you also have access to the e-learning academy which provides further support on areas such as self-development, coaching and planning.

The University currently offers a number of leadership programmes including for future leaders a VITAL Leadership programme for Team Leaders.

Alternatively, Future Learn and MOOC offer a vast selection of free online courses.


The University's HR team provide flowcharts, forms and guidance to support you during your probation period. 
Access HR's information on probation (log in required).

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Staff Health and Wellbeing
The University of Leicester’s Staff Health and Wellbeing team provide support and advice on health and wellbeing areas, such as emotional wellbeing and staff benefits. The team regularly arrange and host events for staff and students throughout the year.

Occupational Health
Occupational Health are here to support your physical and mental wellbeing within the workplace. Referrals are usually made by your line manager. Please speak to your line manager if you feel you would benefit from a referral.

Staff Support Services

The University of Leicester has external partners who are available to offer confidential advice and guidance. Find out more about the University’s Staff Support Services.

The University of Leicester’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team are here to support and develop systems and policies that challenge stereotypes in all aspects of our work.

Our College has dedicated Equality and Diversity College Champions. Please visit our people section for more information. Each School and Department within the College has a named EDI Champion. Find out who your departmental EDI representative is.

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Teaching and Learning


New academic members of staff are assigned a mentor. Your mentor will acts as a career friend, helping to support your induction, development and probation period.

Find out more about mentoring at the University of Leicester. Organisational Development have also developed the Coaching and Mentoring Academy which is available to all staff.

If you haven’t been assigned a mentor after your first month, please contact your line manager.

Academic Calendar

The University of Leicester’s Term and Semester Dates are available to view.

An academic year at the University consists of 3 Terms/ Semesters which usually fall within:
Term 1/ Semester 1 – September to December.
Term 2/ Semester 2 – January to March or April.
Term 3/ Semester 3 – April to June or July.

The Academic Administration Calendar additionally provides important dates and deadlines for the academic year.

Examinations usually occur during May and Graduations typically occur during the months of January and July.

Creating a New Module or Course
Your Departmental Academic Director will be able to offer advice on the process for programme and module approvals. For further central information, please visit Create a New Course.

Student Regulations and Assessing Students
For guidance on assessing student work, please visit the University’s Assessing Student Learning webpage.

All undergraduate and taught postgraduate students agree to the University of Leicester’s Regulations for Students at the time of registering for their course. 

Blackboard Support

The University of Leicester’s VLE environment is Blackboard. The University’s Blackboard Help webpage offers support to staff regarding navigating around Blackboard and publishing content.

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University Events

The University announces staff and student events through an email newsletter called INSIDER. This is emailed to all staff who have a University email account. You can also check the latest University events on SharePoint.

Additionally, the University hosts topical Food for Thought sessions. These are led by guest speakers from the University and occur once a month.

College Events

The College hosts staff and student events throughout the year.

These events are publicised to staff via the Weekly College Events Bulletin which staff from Schools, Departments and Research Centres across the College receive once a week by email. If you are not receiving the Weekly College Events Bulletin, please contact Kathy Baddiley-Davidson on

The College Forum additionally takes place annually in May and all staff are invited to participate and attend.

The Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies regularly hosts research and topical events throughout the year also.
View the latest Calendar of LIAS Events.


The University uses an employee social network tool called Yammer which all staff are invited to join.

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Additional Information

Connecting to the University's Wi-Fi

All University staff and students can access the free eduroam Wi-Fi on campus. This is available for staff and students to use across campus. Find out how to connect to the University of Leicester’s eduroam Wi-Fi.

Conference Facilities
College Court and Stamford Court are the University’s facilitators for conferences and events. The University also hosts conferences and events on campus. Find out more about College Court and Stamford Court.

Further Support

Our College A-Z Index signposts to wider University and College information. If your question hasn’t been answered, or if you have a topic that you would like to suggest for this webpage, please contact

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(PA to Head of College, Henrietta O'Connor):
+44 (0)116 252 2679

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(PA to Director of Operations, Ruth Daly):
+44 (0)116 252 3875

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