Human Resources

Induction of probationer

6.1 The Executive Dean is responsible for ensuring that the probationer understands fully their role and the procedures, relationships and other relevant information regarding the School on taking up his or her post. The Dean of the probationer’s School may delegate this responsibility, but, in this case, he or she must ensure that it has been properly discharged.

6.2 The Probationary Advisor is responsible for ensuring that the probationer is fully aware of their duties and responsibilities within the School and that they receive an induction in accordance with College induction procedures.

6.3 The Assistant Dean is responsible for allocating duties to the probationer in such a way as to facilitate his or her meeting the criteria for successfully completing academic probation. This involves allocating a significantly lighter than average teaching and administrative load so that the probationer can meet the requirements of their academic probation.

6.4 All newly appointed lecturers are required to demonstrate national attainment in learning and teaching through the following routes:

6.4.1 Where new academic staff have limited teaching experience they are required to enrol on the PG Cert Education: Higher Education (PGCE:HE) provided by the Department of Social Policy and Education: or

6.4.2 Where new academic staff have prior experience and/or qualifications in some aspects of learning and teaching, they may apply for APL against the PGCE: HE programme; or

6.4.3 Where academic staff have prior experience and/or qualifications in all or most aspects of learning, teaching and assessment and choose the direct entry route to fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), they must have an appropriate continuing professional development plan to assist them in achieving their recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, supported by their Assistant Dean and Academic Advisor.

6.5 It is the responsibility of the probationer to enrol on the PGCE: HE programme if required.

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