Information for New Academic Staff

Conditions of Service

Conditions of service (includes details of holidays, sabbatical leave, and consultancy arrangements, among other things)


Pay Scales Appointments are on the following scales: Lecturer, AT2B ; Reader, AT3. Each year the scales are reviewed and are normally increased, broadly in line with inflation. Staff not at the top of scale progress automatically one step up the scale annually. Progression from AT2A to AT2B is dependent on satisfactory performance. There is an annual review process to consider accelerated progression, progression to discretionary points, and promotion from AT2 (Lecturer) to AT3 (Reader/Senior Lecturer), and from AT3 to AT4 (Professor).

Relocation Expenses

Removal expenses You will need to discuss with Head of School the actual figure that you think your relocation costs might total. We can normally cover reasonable expenses. The limits given in the document are only indicative. Your costs may vary if you have special circumstances or a long distance to come. We can give you addresses of various agencies who can assist you in finding suitable accommodation.

Work Permits and Contracts

We cannot send you a formal contract letter until you confirm a start date, we have agreed a salary, and, if this is required, we have secured a work permit. If you require a Visa, you will have to obtain this before coming to take up your post. It your responsibility to obtain a Visa; you cannot apply till you have your work permit. Please allow plenty time for obtaining your visa after receipt of work permit before booking your flight.

If a work permit application is necessary, we will need some further information from you - such as current passport number, copies of qualifications etc. We will contact you about this once you have confirmed your start date.


You'll have an up-to-date desktop Linux machine on arrival. We normally aim to replace these on a 3 year cycle. You will also have access to compute intensive servers for any particularly demanding work. If your work requires other specialist equipment, you should discuss this.


A standard teaching load consists of two courses (each with 20 nominal contact hours), two tutorials (each with 10 nominal contact hours), and supervision of three or four undergraduate or masters projects. Our normal policy is to give a half-year teaching remission to new arrivals to allow time for establishing your research programme.

Ph.D. Students

There is an FAQ for staff about funding for Ph.D. students, which includes information for new members of staff.


We need to agree details, but we can normally underwrite conference travel in your first year from Institute funds, pending your establishing a grant portfolio.

-- MichaelFourman - 01 Sep 2005

Topic revision: r5 - 13 Jun 2006 - 09:08:39 - MichaelFourman
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