Development Scheme

You and your fellow appointees will be supported in achieving your goals through a structured development programme which will provide you with the benefits of being part of a cohort of University Academic Fellows whilst being flexible enough to accommodate individuals’ needs and prior experience.  This programme will include:

  • Meetings, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and senior colleagues, to welcome you to the University and your Faculty.  These will provide an opportunity to learn about the University and the support available to you and to meet other new Academic Fellows;
  • Ongoing networking opportunities with other Academic Fellows, both as a group in a Fellows Forum and in smaller peer support groups;
  • Regular meetings with your Head of School or the most appropriate academic colleague to agree a two-stage probation plan with clear objectives and a structured professional development plan, and to review your progress;
  • Support from a mentor throughout the period of probation to help you to develop your work and your career;
  • A training programme to support you in carrying out your research, teaching, leadership, management and other activities, staged throughout the five year probation.  The first three years will have a particular focus on research, impact, innovation and leadership, and will also help you to develop the abilities needed for your student education responsibilities.  As you take on any additional student education responsibilities further development in teaching will be provided.