What happens when staff are on probation?

All new members of staff are required to undertake a period of probation.  For academic members of staff this is three years, for all other staff it is six months.

During the probationary period, all new members of staff should be informed of duties, responsibilities and the required level of performance. They can expect to receive regular feedback on their performance and will be informed if there are any causes for concern as soon as they come to light.

What are the Department responsibilities?

  • To ensure that all staff have an adequate staff induction and know where to find information regarding Departmental processes and University policies and procedures.
  • To ensure that line managers are aware of their responsibilities for new members of staff in terms of probation, ensuring that standards of performance are communicated clearly.
  • Providing support and assistance to both members of staff and line managers in line with the University policy and procedure on probation.

Who is the Department contact?

Debbie Oldham,, 0116 252 3206

What are the relevant University policies and guidance?

University procedure for probation

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