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Learning and Development resources for new academic staff.

New Academic staff

Introduction to the University, College, PDP and progression

Welcome to the University! We have collected together here some of the most important learning and development topics for new staff. Other information for new staff can be found on the University’s New staff pages.

Introduction to the University

If you have recently joined the University, you will be invited via email to the Introduction to the University of Exeter event for all new staff. This is mandatory for all staff to attend during their first 3 months. 

This event provides an overview of the University, its mission, vision and values, strategic direction, its history, governance structure and key aspects you need to know about working here. You will hear talks from members of the VCEG and the Students' Guild and have a chance to network over refreshments after the event.

Higher Education in the UK

Academic colleagues who have joined us from universities around the world and those coming from outside of HE e.g. Industry have really valued our half-day course "Introduction to Higher Education - Today's Universities: Tomorrow's Issues".

This course explores a range of the most pertinent topics such as how we arrived where we are today and what universities do (teaching, research, enterprise) and how they are funded. There are insights into how universities are responding to government policy, demographic shifts and the international picture. The session will combine short talks from visitors who are experts in their field, with interactive discussions.  

The event takes place three times a year on the Streatham campus and is streamed live to Penryn.

Academic induction

The University Academic Induction includes a series of workshops on various aspects of academic practice. The workshops are recommended to new and open to existing staff. They are themed ‘Academic Development’.

Topics range from effective teaching and supporting learners in a research-intensive university to research supervision, looking after the welfare and mental health of students and staff, and the learning technologies available to you at Exeter. Attendance is optional so you can mix and match the workshops on offer to suit your background, experience and needs. The only exception is the ‘Doctoral Supervision : An Exploratory Workshop’, which is strongly recommended for those new to doctoral supervision.  

The workshops, repeated at least once in the academic year, are delivered at both the Streatham and Penryn campuses, with the aim of helping you settle into your role at Exeter, learn about existing practices here, and receive support in areas of your interest and/or need together with peers and under the guidance of experienced academic and research developers and academics.

Find out more here.

Professional Development Programme (PDP)

Lecturers at the University of Exeter are initially appointed to a ‘Professional Development Programme’ (PDP) of up to five years and their appointment and progression to Senior Lecturer status will be confirmed upon successful completion of the programme.

Personal goals and objectives are agreed in line with a framework and represents the minimum level of performance which the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Dean of College will normally seek in relation to successful completion of probation.

New lecturers are assigned an Academic Lead to ensure that they receive the appropriate level of support to enable them to become fully effective in their role and the PDR system is used to monitor progress and agree future actions. 

New Managers/Supervisors

Learning and development

If you are either a new member of staff in a leader/manager/supervisor role or alternatively an existing member of staff who has just moved into one of these roles, you may be interested in our Management Know-How training courses or maybe consider undertaking a structured programme of development either towards a leadership and management with qualification or without a qualification.

Useful information

There is some really helpful information and guidance on our webpages for Managers, Supervisors and team leaders.

Workplace Induction

Induction is an essential process for all the staff within the University. The purpose of this workplace Induction is to make your transition into your new role as smooth as possible.

You will also have a local induction supported by an allocated Induction Facilitator who will work alongside your Line Manager to induct you into your area of work.

Comprehensive information is also provided for new staff on the University Induction webpages

Training you have to do

All staff must undertake some mandatory training when they join. There may also be some training you will have to undertake depending on your role which you will be advised of during your induction.

Internal Communications

The university has a number of different ways of keeping you up to date including the Team Brief and the Weekly Bulletin. Full details of these and more can be found on our staff news webpages.  

Resources to support academic practice

Don't forget to explore the range of resources we have collated to help you.