Human Resources


The University of Portsmouth values the importance of providing an effective and timely induction for all new members of staff to ensure they successfully integrate into the University, their department, their team, and to their role. This period ensures that individuals understand what is required of their role, how the role fits with department aims and objectives and what is expected within the first months of starting.

Who needs an induction?

  • Induction applies to new staff and existing staff who have been appointed to a new or different role within the University.
  • Certain groups have specific induction needs such as graduates, school leavers, staff returning from career breaks, long-term absence or maternity/paternity leave, senior appointments and technical specialists and you are advised to consult with your HR Business Partner team in these cases.

Line Managers should complete the following information for any new staff

Line managers should also ensure that staff new to the University attend a Staff Induction Conference

The benefits of induction

  • An effective induction determines how quickly new staff settle into the organisation and the speed at which they reach their full potential.
  • Induction needs to provide new staff with information, support and advice and any development that they may need.
  • A well planned induction can help ensure that first impressions are positive and that starters quickly become familiar with the requirements of their post and adapt to a new working environment.

Please see our Welcome pages for further information, resources and support.

Whether you are a new academic, research or professional services member of staff, the information will help you settle into your role.

Welcome to the University           Welcome to your department          Welcome events

What’s the difference between induction and probation?

Induction should link to and complement your probation period.  These two processes together should ensure that you are fully informed and equipped to carry out the role, that you understand key objectives and relevant performance measures, and have the necessary support and guidance available to support you.

Managing induction

It is the responsibility of the Line Manager to develop a suitable and timely induction programme for all new members of staff.  Managers should encourage other team members to play an active role in supporting new staff. For more information please see Managing Staff Induction