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Staff Induction

At Durham, we are proud of our history and also excited by the future; we are driven to pursue our strategic ambitions. That is why induction, training and development are so important.

Staff Induction

Durham University is a diverse organisation and it is important that we help you to find your place and to feel at home from the start. An effective induction ensures that new staff can quickly learn the University's policies, processes and practices, feel at home in their new environment and start to contribute to the University's successes.

Getting the induction process right is the responsibility of all; Heads of Departments / Sections / Colleges, line managers and the new member of staff.

The current circumstances are forcing us to work very differently. A Vice Chancellor's Welcome event usually takes place where the Vice-Chancellor and other senior managers of the University provide information about the University. In this period where colleagues are working remotely, this event is not taking place, so a virtual induction is in development.

We will also support you to follow a comprehensive local induction process which is led by your home department. During your bespoke local induction, you will meet key colleagues and acquire the day-to-day knowledge needed to get you started effectively in your new role.

As a new member of the academic community, you will also have access to focussed development events and packages, which will cover the key policies, practices, protocols and areas of knowledge required by those who are new to the organisation.

In addition, during your first few months at the University, you will be appointed a mentor who can help support your transition into the University. You will also have the opportunity to be mentored through key stages of your career at Durham.

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