Human Resources Division

Induction, probation, and training and development


The University of Cambridge welcomes you as a new member of staff and is committed to providing you with an effective induction which will help you settle into your new role and working environment.

The induction you will receive in your local department/institution will enable you to:

  • Meet your key colleagues.
  • Find your way around your workplace.
  • Understand your terms and conditions of employment.
  • Understand your role, key responsibilities and how you fit into your department/institution.
  • Know what is expected of you and the way in which your work will be monitored.
  • Know how you will be managed and supported to carry out your duties.
  • Access University and local policies and procedures.
  • Identify any training and development needs that have to be met to enable you to undertake your role effectively

At the beginning of your induction, you will be provided with an Employee Induction Checklist (HR24). You can work through this with your line manager (or the person responsible for your induction) and use it as a prompt for ensuring that key aspects of your induction are covered. The Employee Induction Checklist should be completed within your first month and then provided to your department/institution administrator or other appropriate support staff for retention on your local personal file.

The Employee Induction Checklist does not only cover local induction activity—it also explains how and when you can take part in the University's two-stage induction. For your information, these stages are as follows:

  1. The Induction Online programme is a quick and easy to use web resource will help you to understand how the University operates and what it's like to work here. It also provides you with essential information on the benefits, entitlements, support services and opportunities available to you as a member of University staff. To access this resource you will need a Raven password.
  2. The Welcome to Cambridge event, hosted by Personal and Professional Development (PPD) includes a welcome from a senior member of the University and the opportunity to network with other new colleagues whilst learning some key facts about the University. Refreshments will be available during the exhibition that follows, comprising the wide range of opportunities and sources of support offered by the University. Welcome to Cambridge is held once each term.

You are encouraged to take an active role in ensuring that your induction programme meets your needs effectively. If you have any concerns, you must raise these with your line manager or another suitable senior colleague at the earliest opportunity.


Probation is a formal arrangement at the start of an appointment, whereby new members of staff demonstrate their suitability for a particular job within a set timescale. The probation period for your appointment is set out in your offer letter and contract of employment. During this time, you will be given an induction programme, guidance and training and your performance will be monitored and reviewed.

Full details of the probationary arrangements for academic, academic-related, assistant and research staff are available to users of the University network.

Training and development

During your induction programme and your probation period, you will be able to identify any training and development needs that have to be met to enable you to undertake your role effectively. Some of these needs may be met by opportunities provided to all University staff by Personal and Professional Development (PPD). You should document your training and development needs in a Personal Development Plan (PDP) and the training and development activity you undertake in a Learning Log.