Getting started in your University role

Whether you're a new academic or professional services staff member at Bristol, the information below will help you settle into your new role.

Before you start

You will need to provide the following documents to your HR team before you start:

  • Signed contract - you will receive two copies in the post, one to keep and a copy to sign and return
  • Staff record form completed with your personal details
  • Entitlement to work in UK evidence - please show your passport or other acceptable document in person

Induction into your role

  • Induction period: your line manager and your local induction coordinator are responsible for planning a thorough induction to introduce you to your role, your colleagues and the wider university context. Make sure you take an active role in the process and ask questions along the way! This local induction checklist (PDF, 342kB) ‌will keep all of you on track. 
  • Staff UCard: your photo ID card allows you access into university buildings. Pick up your UCard from Royal Fort Lodge as soon as you can after starting. 
  • IT log on: if your line manager has not yet arranged your IT log on details, you can do this yourself with help from IT Services. They will also arrange for access to your departmental folders and files. 
  • Staff Welcome Fair: you may want to attend the Welcome Fair event for new staff which takes place every term. You will hear from guest speakers, learn about various staff support initiatives and meet other new starters. 
  • Heads of School/Deans/School Managers: staff new to these roles will be contacted upon starting about a bespoke induction programme. 

Initial training for new staff

  • Online training modules: all staff must complete essential online training annually on the topics of Equality & Diversity, Information Security and Safety & Health. The modules are housed in MyReview, the University's staff review software. 
  • IT systems and finance training: if your role requires you to update web pages or social media, use specific software packages such as PIMS or Proactis, or if you need some help with specific office tools you can book onto IT training courses.
  • CREATE scheme for academics: if your new role requires you to enrol on the CREATE professional development scheme, you will be contacted in the early days of your role with more information. 
  • Training for new managers: Whether academic or Professional Services, if your new role requires managing other people you will need to participate in some management development

Ongoing Personal and Professional Development

  • Initial Service Review (ISR): if you are brand new to the university, your appointment will be subject to an ISR period which is designed to support you while you settle into your role. It also provides the university with a chance to assess your ongoing suitability for the role and to provide a framework for any queries or concerns to be raised. ISRs take place after 6 months for professional services staff up to grade J, or after 12 months for grades above J and for research or teaching staff.
  • Staff Review: you will participate in an annual staff review with your line manager to help review your progress over the previous year, discuss goals for the coming year and set developmental objectives. Preparation for the review and its outcomes are recorded in MyReview
  • Staff Development: you can access a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities at the university, whatever grade or career stage you are at. You can browse these opportunities on the Staff Development webpages. 

My top tip for new staff is to remember the Search box in the top right hand of the webpages - it will help you find anything you need to know about the University!

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Local induction checklist

Our local induction checklist (PDF, 342kB) has been designed to guide you, your line manager and your induction coordinator through your first days and weeks working at the University

Professional Behaviours

Read about the UoB's professional code of conduct for staff

Contact us

Email sd-course@bristol.ac.uk or find us in Senate House.

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