New staff who are appointed to a post within the University are appointed on a probationary basis. The normal probationary periods are 12 months for academic and senior staff, and 6 months for all other posts. These may be varied in specific cases by agreement between the Dean/Director and the Strategic People Partnership Team.
During the probation period the line manager and the employee should assess whether the employee is appropriately matched to the role and whether the employee is able to provide the expected level of performance, skills, and conduct in relation to the job. Any developmental needs that were identified in the selection process must be addressed as soon as possible in this period, through an appropriate development plan, setting of clear work objectives, and regular monitoring and feedback.
On satisfactory completion of the probation period, the employee will receive an annual increment (unless they are already at the top of the normal salary range for the grade).