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Probation is a period of time at the start of your employment for the University to assess your performance, conduct and suitability for your job.


Probation for staff grades 2 to 9 and senior professional staff

The probation period allows time for you to understand the standards required of you in your new job and receive any necessary support, encouragement and training as a new member of staff.

Once you have successfully completed probation, you will be included in your departmental Staff Development and Performance Review (SDPR) process.

Your probation period lasts six months, unless you are senior professional staff, in which case it will be one year. Our probation policy and procedure details how the probation process works.

Academic probation

The probation period for lecturers is one or three years, depending on your contract with the University.

Read our guidance on the policy and procedures for academic probation. Here you'll find the roles and responsibilities for probationary lecturers, Heads of Department, reviewers and Deans of Faculty or School throughout the process and the forms you will need to complete during your probation period.

If you have been asked to use the Career Progression Portal during the pilot phase, please refer to our guidance on the processes for using the CPP during academic probation.

To understand more about the process, procedures and criteria, we encourage you to always refer first to the academic probation guide page. However, you might also find it helpful to refer to our academic probation: useful information page for information on individual topics.

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