Probation & Mentors

Probation & Mentors


Appointments into the University are made with a probationary period specified. The length of the probation varies according to the nature of the post.

University Probation Policy

Guidance for using the Observation of Teaching Form Probation

Probation Teaching Observation Form


It is recommended that new employees be assigned a mentor i.e. an existing employee who will provide advice and guidance during, at least, the initial probationary period. Everyone new to a post will be allocated a mentor by their line manager in order to help them settle quickly and happily into their role. The line manager should assign a mentor (ideally before the new employee starts) from the bank of trained mentors.

An up-to-date list of trained mentors is available here.

The HR Department can give managers guidance on choosing an appropriate mentor. Please see the University Mentoring Handbook for further information.