It is important that new members of staff and postgraduate students receive a thorough induction, both at a general and local level so they feel engaged with the organisation and their immediate work environment.

 

For staff, the process includes:

  • receipt of a welcome letter prior to starting giving details of where to report to, and at what time, on their first day
  • receipt of an up to date induction pack on their first day*
  • identification of an informal buddy/point of contact to help with settling in
  • identification of their academic line manager
  • Attendance at a University of Aberdeen staff induction day which are held regularly throughout the year  

For postgraduate students, the process includes:

  • receipt of a welcome letter prior to starting giving details of where to report to, and at what time, on their first day
  • receipt of an up to date induction pack on their first day*
  • identification of an informal buddy/point of contact to help with settling in
  • identification of their academic supervison
  • Attendance at the University of Aberdeen Post Graduate Research School induction events
  • School-level and Institute-level induction events, which are held twice a year to accommodate students starting at different times of the year

The minimum requirement (in terms of documentation) that should be included in an induction pack is as follows:

  • IAHS handbook
  • Health and Safety policy (including University smoking on Foresterhill campus memo)
  • Site maps (Foresterhill, Old Aberdeen)
  • Annual leave sheet
  • Staff phone/e-mail list (may be local to research group with link to IAHS list)
  • Link to IAHS/University research governance and quality assurance policy
  • University policies and procedures (e.g., Working here link, including mandatory trainings, expenses, payslip )
  • Appropriate IT and Data Access
  • Staff development group remit document

**Please note that research groups may include additional documents as appropriate.  A confidentiality clause is contained within a new member of staff’s university contract, however short–term research students (e.g. elective students) may be asked to sign a research group specific confidentiality agreement.