The appointment

Contact the new member of staff to advise them of specific joining instructions (eg venue, time, who to ask for etc) and make arrangements for receiving the new member of staff on the start date.

Ensure new staff have signed and returned their contract of employment, salary details form and medical questionnaire to Human Resources.  On or before their first day of work they must also present their right to work documentation. Failure to do so will mean that the new staff member has to return home, without pay, and will not be allowed to start work until they can provide evidence of their eligibility to work in the U.K.

It is recommended that no person should commence employment without prior medical clearance.


The Induction Facilitator named on the appointment form will ensure the institution induction is undertaken.  You will also need to ensure that College/Service (local) induction is undertaken and appoint someone to fulfill this role.

Induction is an essential part of the recruitment process. Undertaken effectively, it ensures that new employees settle quickly into their new role and into the University. Poor induction, however, can leave the employee unsure of his/her duties and unsure of how their role contributes to the wider mission of the University.


The purpose of a probationary period is to allow time for the employer to assess a new employee’s suitability for his/her new appointment and, equally to give time for the new employee to determine whether the new appointment is suitable for him/her.  Please visit out Probation webpage for further details.

While it enables the University to terminate the employment of an unsatisfactory probationer without recourse to the full procedural requirements of the disciplinary procedure (see appendix A in Terms and Conditions), there are still certain minimum standards that must be followed.

The criteria for assessment under probation should be clear to both the employee and the University (as the employer) at the time the employment commences.  These criteria will be those specified in the person specification for the appointment, together with satisfactory conduct and attendance.