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Teaching Fellows on probation

Below are the key features of probation process for Teaching Fellows, as outlined in the Career Progression framework document.

Probation reviews

During your 1 year probationary period, progress on teaching and administration/management duties is reviewed by the Teaching Fellow Sub Group. This review is based on a joint report from you the probationary teaching fellow, and your Head of Department/Group or nominee. This procedure is managed by the HR Manager (Academic Staff Committee).

Professional development 

To help you develop and enhance your skills in academic practice, we require all probationary teaching fellows to successfully complete sections A, B and C of the Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice (known as the 'Bath Course') which is run by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office.

To facilitate your completion of the Bath Course, you will receive a reduction of 64 hours in your teaching load during your 1 year probationary period.

Accreditation of Prior/Experiential Learning (APEL) may be available to individual probationers based on relevant previous qualifications or experience. 


Your Head of Department/Division will allocate a more experienced member of staff to act as your mentor. Guidance notes are available on the role of mentors.

Exemption from probation

If you can provide documentary evidence of either the successful completion of probation of a comparable nature in a comparable institution or of having gained equivalent experience, you may - at the University's discretion - be granted exemption from probation.

Claims for exemption from probation must be made initially to the Head of Academic Staff Development.