Researcher Development

New research staff at Kent

Starting at Kent

Information for new staff is available from Human Resources.  Where you will also find information for staff covering, for example: Conditions of Service ; Hourly Paid Lecturer rates ; timesheets & claims forms and information for new staff from overseas including staff immigration.

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Human resources

Within HR, the Operational Services Team delivers core HR administrative processes and advises on HR policies and procedures, particularly in relation to contracts, contractual entitlements/benefits and promotions. The HR Co-ordinators are the key contacts for: contracts, DB501s, rates of pay for hourly paid staff, queries relating to annual leave entitlements, maternity leave, conditions of service, contractual entitlements and processes. The HR Assistants are the key contacts for the HR and Payroll system, administration relating to hourly paid staff contracts, processing resignations, paternity leave, reference requests and employment confirmation letters.

The HR Employment Support and Resourcing Team is responsible for providing strategic and generalist HR Support, particularly in relation to organisational change, policy advice and interpretation, recruitment and selection guidance and immigration.

University policies and procedures cover, for example, Fixed Term Contracts, Dignity at Work and ethical aspects of working at the University.

Staff finance

Through the Staff Finance website you can find information about payroll and pensions, expenses and work-related insurance for those who travel on University business including activities such as research and field work.

Staff transport and travel

Information about transport and travel to work is on the Estates Department Transport website with parking permits on the parking page .

Safety, Health and the Environment

University policy requires that all staff attend the basic Safety and Fire Awareness Course. This is in addition to your departmental induction and Human Resources' induction session.

Information Services

Information Services will help new staff get started using library and IT services at Kent.

Your school

Contact your Administration Manager to find out about support for new staff in your School.  Please see School Office Holders for Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences to contact your School Administration Manager.

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The University recognises the importance of providing a timely and effective induction for all new staff to ensure effective integration into the University and your role.

Staff Induction and Information Fairs are held throughout the year – to orientate you to the University of Kent, provide you with essential information and support you in your new role.  The University also holds an annual induction event to provide everyone who has joined that year with an overview of the University - this includes discussions with members of the University’s senior team.

Please ask your School Administration Manager about School-based induction. See School Office Holders for Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences to contact your School Administration Manager.

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The University Probation Scheme is a 4-stage process to support you during your first six months. During probation your line manager will provide any necessary information and development that will help you to undertake all aspects of your role. He/she will ensure systems are in place to review your work during this period, so you receive assistance and support to help you fulfil the duties and responsibilities of your role.

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Information about supervising doctoral students at Kent is available from the Graduate School including `The Good Supervision video’.  UELT offer the module `Developing as a Research Degree Supervisor’ (UN813).  Supplementary resources are available from Vitae.

The Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts (CHASE) provides resources for CHASE Supervisors.

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Information for researchers who will also be undertaking a teaching role is available from the Unit for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching.

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Working group

The Researcher Development Working Group (RDWG) exists to facilitate a strong, supportive system that helps research colleagues to develop their careers.  If you cannot find the information you need on this website, please contact us.

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Last Updated: 23/09/2015