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Lecturers on probation

Use the guide below to understand more about the probation arrangements for lecturers.

Probation reviews

The key features of the probation process for Lecturers is outlined appendix 1 in the Career Progression framework document.

During your 3 year probationary period, progress on research, teaching and administration/management duties is reviewed annually by the Academic Staff Committee. This review is based on a joint report from you the probationary lecturer, your Head of Department/Group and the Dean.

This procedure is managed by the Learning & Organisational Development Advisor (Academic Career Progression).

Professional development

To help you develop and enhance your skills in academic practice we require all probationary lecturers to successfully complete the Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice (known as the 'Bath Course') which is run by the Centre for Learning & Teaching.

To allow you to develop your independent research whilst on probation, and to facilitate your completion of the Bath Course you will receive a reduction of 80 hours in your workload during your probationary period.

Accreditation of Prior/Experiential Learning (APEL) may be available to individual probationers based on relevant previous qualifications or experience for some parts of the Bath Course.

Probation Induction Workshop

As part of your induction in the role of Lecturer, the University runs a Probation Induction Workshop event where you have an opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers to enable you to:

  • understand your probation requirements

  • hear about the University's perspective on your contribution to the Bath vision and strategy

  • discover the wide range of support available to you across the organisation for your career progression

All newly appointed Lecturers required to undertake probation are encouraged to attend the Probation Induction Workshop when they first start at the University and you can visit our webpages to find out more about the workshop and to register your place at the next event.


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


Lecturers who have yet to complete their formal education on appointment (e.g. PhD) will be placed on 'pre-probation' for up to one year to complete their qualification, and will then proceed to probation. Pre-probationary lecturers are required to complete part of the Bath Course.

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 Learning & Teaching.

Principles of research assessment and management

The University has developed a set of principles outlining its approach to research assessment and management, including the responsible use of quantitative indicators. The assessment of academic probation cases by Academic Staff Committee and its related Sub Groups will be made in accordance with these principles.