UCL Human Resources


HR Community of Practice project — HR Staff Inductions

The project aims to ensure new HR colleagues (for example colleagues working in the Division, in a Departmental Manager/Department Administrator role) fully understand how their role impacts on the delivery of 2034 and are engaged with the organisation on a strategic level. The project also aims to create a sense of community, consistency and belonging.

Project leaders
Rose Haigh

Rose Haigh
HR Staff Induction lead and HR Administrator, Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

After several years working in school admissions, I began my HR career in 2015 when I joined the Commonwealth Secretariat as a Recruitment Assistant to coordinate the relocation and onboarding process for their ‘Young Professionals Programme.’ I then took up the position of Recruitment and Operations Administrator at SOAS, which gave me an excellent grounding of HR within Higher Education. I’m now enjoying my role supporting staff and students as HR Administrator at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre.

Specialist areas of HR: Relocation, on-boarding and induction; recruitment and selection.

Shalrina Alcantara

Shalrina Alcantara
HR Staff Induction lead and Organisational Development Consultant, UCL HR

I started my career in Human Resources working in the voluntary sector for 14 years before moving into Training and Development in Higher Education. I provide internal consultancy support and work with clients to develop strategy, implement organisational change and improve individual, team and organisational effectiveness. I have a strong desire to support and encourage individuals to maximise their potential and develop their career further.   I am CIPD qualified, an accredited UCL coach, an accredited Springboard facilitator and a TLQ (Transformational Leadership Questionnaire) practitioner providing 360 feedback. I also have vast experience in supporting management and leadership programmes, leading teams, budgets and multiple projects to add value to organisations.  

Specialist areas of HR: Organisational Development; delivering change management,learning and development, and organisation design and development.

Project members

Shanaz Durrant, Claudia Gironi, Claire Rowlinson, Katrina Stopinski, Faith Udeze.

Outline of proposed project

The broad aims of the HR Induction project are to focus on supporting all new employees in HR roles or with HR responsibilities; provide a consistent approach to staff inductions and align policy with other UCL processes allowing clear progression to an annual appraisal cycle. For managers the aim of the induction is to streamline and reformat into a new common template with additional guidance, including flowcharts and forms. This project will also align with the HR Community of practice groups (amazing appraisals, manager’s toolkit, meaningful management). 

MilestoneCompleted by
Identify current practice taking place at UCL and other organisations (including the private sector). 1 May 2018
Produce a design document for an interactive induction package.9 July 2018
Identify a pilot area to trial the new induction offering. 28 September 2018
Identify ‘Induction Champions’ within each department to take the new process forward. 29 October 2018
Measures of success
Measure of successMethod of assessment

Improve staff retention.

Probationary review Appraisal process Recruitment statistics/data Exit interview

Wider engagement of staff across all roles at UCL.

New staff in HR roles will be invited to a welcome event with a member of HRLT Increase in collaborations/projects Knowledge sharing Evaluation/feedback

Attraction of staff to UCL.  

Recruitment data – applications received per vacancy/job type.

Higher successful probation rates.

Probation completion rates for staff in roles with an HR function/component.