I am delighted to welcome you to our University and hope that you will enjoy working here.
You are joining us at an exciting time of significant change for higher education. What our University stands for has never been more important.
As one of the UK's biggest providers of professional education, training, research and development, we are transforming the lives and prospects of thousands of individuals and organisations. As one of the largest organisations in Yorkshire we are a source of stability and pride for our regional and local community.
But as we are all aware, the political and financial climate is uncertain. Public funding for universities continues to shrink and the competition for student numbers, research contracts and business partnerships is getting more intense. The Government has raised the stakes by developing new measures of teaching excellence which will influence customer behaviour. Our region is considering the possibility of greater ‘devolution’ from Westminster and we have a real chance to play an important role in this process and to help improve the prospects of local people. So, there is a lot for us to think about and to play for.
As a new colleague you have an important and valuable contribution to make to our future success in this changing landscape.
I wish you every success and happiness in your role and look forward to welcoming you to Leeds Beckett University at our next induction event.
Professor Peter Slee
Our inductions are designed to welcome and help our new colleagues who will be working on our premises to settle in. Regardless of their role type or duration new colleagues are required to undertake a minimum level of induction.
This induction should focus on your new work environment and culture, as well as any role-specific information that will help you to fulfil your duties, as well as essential health and safety information. An induction checklist has been produced to help guide you and your manager through the process and to help make sure you complete it within an agreed and appropriate time-frame.
We have also now adapted the induction checklist and created a 'remote working induction checklist', specifically to support your induction if you are working remotely.
Our Induction Policy explains the purpose and benefits of induction, as well as detailing the key stages and responsibilities to ensure a successful induction.
One of the most important aspects of starting your new role successfully is what we call local induction; the arrangements that your manager makes to help you settle in. Your manager should work through our induction checklist (or remote working induction checklist if working remotely) with you to ensure everything is covered. This will include opportunities to get to know your immediate and wider teams, the work of your school/service and the strategic aims of our university. It will also include providing you with computer access and relevant system logins, as well as getting your staff card.
Whether you are a new colleague or an existing employee moving to a different role or area, regardless of how long you have worked at our University, you will need to complete a thorough local induction. Following your induction ongoing objectives should be agreed and you and your manager should meet regularly so that they can continue to support you in becoming familiar with your role and to help identify any development activities that will support you in achieving your objectives.
An overview and outline
Leeds Beckett University has around 3000 colleagues and in any one year, we can have anything up to 200 new colleagues joining us to work here. This can be quite a daunting and nerve-wracking experience and we really want to take the stress out of this and make it a smooth and positive experience for everybody involved. Onboarding is about creating a relationship or connection with the new colleague from the moment they are successful in their recruitment to when they actually start working here and then beyond that into their first 100 days of being part of the Leeds Beckett community.
An essential part of the Onboarding process is having an Onboarding Buddy. This person will already work in the team and will work closely with the line manager to take responsibility of some of the informal, more social parts of the induction. Please see the Onboarding Buddy video for further details, as well as the two supporting documents - one of these is aimed at the manager and one at the Buddy themselves.
Being an Onboarding Buddy is a great development opportunity and if you’re interested in being one, please talk to your line manager about it or email Chris McLay in POD at email@example.com
All new colleagues are invited to our 'Welcome to Leeds Beckett University' induction session, a half-day event that runs every 8 weeks or so throughout our academic year. This session is an opportunity to meet other new colleagues and will help you to understand more about our university's culture, structure and strategy, as well as promoting a number of benefits and services. The session starts with a welcome talk from our Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Slee, and the opportunity to ask Peter any questions you may have. The aims of the session are to:
- Meet other new colleagues
- Explore our University's vision and values
- Find out more about the structure of our University and their role within in
- Understand and ask questions about some of the benefits and services available at our University
"From attending the Welcome to Leeds Beckett induction I gained all the essential information I needed, such as about the university's roots, it's place in the world today and the available services. You'll learn a lot about the university in a fun way and you'll meet lots of interesting people." - Chris Athanasiadis, Senior Lecturer in Psychological Therapies and Mental Health.
It is essential that new colleagues book onto this induction session, via our People Development Offer and within the 'Induction' category, as soon after their start date as possible.
Welcome to the Leeds Beckett Academic Staff Induction, organised by the Centre for Learning and Teaching .
You may be interested in listening to the following key presentations -
- In a voiced Powerpoint, Professor Susan Smith, Associate Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching, discusses the role of the LBU Centre for Learning & Teaching and signposts you to information and resources which will help you with your teaching.
- Erin Nephin, an Academic Librarian, explains how the Libraries and Learning Innovation service can support you.
- Jan Daley, Associate Director of Student Services, introduces you to important, comprehensive information relating to student and staff wellbeing
- CLT Associate and IT Service Desk Team Leader, Michael Hirst, gives a simple, practical introduction to Panopto, our recording software.
As part of these you may want to consider -
1. Do you have any queries about any of the presentations? You might have a specific follow up questions that wasn't covered. No question is too basic!
2. Re the CLT presentation - Are you an academic advisor? Do you feel prepared? Are you a module tutor? Do you feel prepared? Are you familiar with inclusive practice? We are here to help.
3. Did Jan's presentation help you feel more informed about student mental health and wellbeing and how best to signpost students to the appropriate support? Do you have someone to ask in your own School if you have any queries about challenging or complicated student issues?
4. Could you give Panopto a go? Have you tried it already? Are you confident?
People Development Offer
Details of our full People Development offer can be accessed via the 3 main category tabs above - Leading Self, Leading Others and Leading Strategically.
The People Development categories page also contains sessions offered by other areas of our University. For example, specific academic sessions are offered by the Centre for Learning and Teaching, who support academic colleagues in providing a high quality learning and teaching experience. The University Research Office provides developmental support to postgraduate researchers and colleagues pursuing research and scholarly activity.
Although there is no cost to your area to attend the scheduled People Development sessions, the development need should be identified as part of the PDR process. If you book onto a session but then need to cancel, please try to give at least three working days notice, to give others the opportunity to take the place.
If you have any queries regarding your development, speak to your manager in the first instance.
People Development Online
People Development Online is our university’s online training system, which includes a variety of health and safety and other courses. As a new starter you should automatically be set up on the system and enrolled onto a number of essential courses, as per the Training Matrix.
Our institutional completion rates for compliance related training are reviewed regularly via our Audit Committee, which oversees the processes in place to protect the University’s information and the use of its funds, and colleagues in Health and Safety. It is therefore important that colleagues complete the training they are automatically enrolled on as soon as possible.
The purpose of the Data Protection Act 2018 is to ensure that personal information about living individuals is handled appropriately and responsibly.
We deal with sensitive information across our university and as such all colleagues, students, volunteers and contractors within our institution must comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. Our responsibilities, and our rights, under the Act are outlined in our university's Data Protection Policy.
Data Protection training, including GDPR updates, is provided via an online module, essential for all colleagues to complete, via our People Development Online system. You will therefore be automatically enrolled on this.
Please click on the Leading Others tab above for leadership related development information, including further details of our Management Matters offer, a series of short sessions on a range of management topics and challenges.