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Probation, Appraisal, and Training
UCL requires that all members of staff undergo appraisal at least once every two years. This policy is founded on the belief that all members of staff have a right to a clear understanding of their department's expectations of them, and to have an opportunity for detailed discussion of their contribution to the department and UCL. The appraisal is normally conducted by the staff member’s line manager (e.g. head of research group) and is designed to facilitate effective two-way communication. It also enables any training and development needs to be identified. The first appraisal should be conducted within six months of the end of the probationary period, with the aim of setting objectives. Guidance on the appraisal scheme and advice on setting objectives are available.
The appraisal form (for non-professorial staff) should be completed and given to the Departmental Administrator, Karen Cardy. UCL Professors are appraised by the Head of Department using the online PAR system.
It is UCL policy that staff on fixed-term contracts
attend an “End of Contract”
meeting with their line manager no later than three-and-a-half months before
the end of their appointment. This meeting provides an opportunity to explore
UCL's Organisational and Staff Development (OSD) unit offers
a wide-ranging programme of training courses, giving opportunities for all
staff to update and enhance their knowledge and skills to fulfill current and
future demands at work.
It is recommended that all UCL staff should complete three learning events per year.
Health and Safety Information
The department's Health & Safety Officer is Karen Cardy. Note that all staff and students engaged in research activity must complete a Project Risk Assessment form for every project in which he or she is involved.
The department's Health & Safety Policy is available in the Staff Handbook. A comprehensive set of additional Health & Safety information and other risk assessment forms are available on the department intranet.
Research Ethics at UCL
All research involving human participants and the collection and/or study of data derived from living human participants undertaken by UCL staff and students requires prior ethical approval by the UCL Research Ethics Committee (REC) to ensure that the research conforms with general ethical principles and standards. More information is available in an ethics leaflet or by visiting the UCL Ethics website where you can also finding instructions on how to apply.
Working with the new website
This website uses the Silva Content Management System. It is intended to make the website easier to maintain, enforce a consistent appearance across the site, and allow users to create and update information without worrying about the formatting.
Silva allows users to modify pages (a bit like Wikipedia). At the bottom right corner of each page, you'll see a little cross. If you click on it, users with appropriate permissions can edit the page. At the moment, you can save changes to a page but when you publish the changes to the internet, they need to be authorised before they go on-line.
The links below open instructions on how to modify or create specific pages.