University of Bath

Teaching Fellows on probation

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

Probation reviews

The key features of the probation process for teaching fellows is outlined in 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 HR Manager (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.


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.