Human Resources

Probation Scheme / Professional, Managerial, Support
and Research Staff

We recognise the importance of welcoming our new staff to the University and providing you with support and guidance in your first months with us. Our aim is to help you integrate effectively into your new role at the University,
so that you:

  • develop an understanding of how the University works and how your role contributes to its success
  • are provided with:
    • a clear understanding of your new role, our expectations, and,
    • the learning & development support needed
  • to enable you to effectively undertake the role so you can maximise your potential and gain confidence in your new role

  • become familiar with the culture and working environment of the University of Kent.

The Probation Scheme at the University of Kent is the tool that enables us to do the above. The guidance documents that underpin the scheme explain the probationary process, what is involved and what is expected of staff undertaking a probationary period.

The Probation Scheme at the University of Kent is a four-stage process that takes place over six months:

  • Stage 1: first week
  • Stage 2: interim review
  • Stage 3: interim review
  • Stage 4: final review

During probation your line manager will provide any necessary information and development that will help you to undertake all aspects of your role. They will ensure systems are in place to review your work during this period, so you receive assistance and support to help you fulfill the duties and responsibilities of your role.

Further guidance about the University of Kent Probation Scheme can be found on these pages, using the links on the left, including links to all the forms and templates you need when a new member of staff is going through probation. The New Staff at Kent section of the HR website also provides useful information to help you settle in to working here and the Good Practice Guide for International Staff provides information for staff from overseas on settling in to life in the UK..

The full Probation Scheme document is available here:

You can also download a pdf version of the Scheme here.

The relevant probation forms and templates you will need can be found here:

Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 764000 or contact us

Last Updated: 29/03/2022