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Teaching Fellows on probation

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

Probation reviews

Please note that the terms and conditions for Lecturers with a teaching specialism has recently changed from using the title ‘Teaching Fellow’ to 'Lecturer' and we are currently working on updating our webpages and associated documentation to reflect the agreed changes. The processes and criteria for passing probation remains the same.

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

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/Division or nominee.

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 teaching fellows to successfully complete parts 1 and 2 of the Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice (known as the 'Bath Course') which is run by the Centre for Learning & Teaching.

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.

Probation Induction Workshop

As part of your induction in the role of Teaching Fellow, 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 Teaching Fellows 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/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 Learning & Teaching.