To help new staff settle into their new role, a University Staff Induction is provided to which new staff are strongly encouraged to attend.  The induction is constantly developing and evolving to include changes, and your feedback is a valuable part of the development process.

Q6 aims to provide all University staff the opportunity to have an annual review, and provides a framework to help structure a productive review meeting. Staff will be encouraged to review their past performance, and plan ahead for their future development. The Q6 form contains six questions for all staff to reflect on in advance of their review meeting. It is a very valuable resource, which allows all staff to plan their future career path as well as short term goals.

CAPOD (Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development) runs a selection of training courses and network events for every level of staff member. Postdoc relevant resources can be found here.

The University is committed to providing equality of opportunity and developing work practices and policies that support work-life balance. The Flexible Working Policy has been developed to support flexible working arrangements to help employees achieve, if possible, more balance between their working and non-working lives.

biointernal is a shared internal work and document filing space for the School of Biology. bioInternal is delivered using ‘Sharepoint’ – the University is currently (Autumn 2011) considering the option of a new sitewide Sharepoint, but at present bioInternal is ‘local’ to the School of Biology and requires a separate password. Access is restricted to School of Biology staff. If you wish to enquire about access, please contact Steve Smart or Sean Earnshaw.

The Research and Teaching Staff Forum was established in October 2012 from the previous Research Staff Forum (which was for research-only staff) by inviting representatives from the University’s Teaching Fellow cohort to join. The remit of the forum is below.

  • Explore key local, national and international issues relating to research and teaching staff
  • Encourage discussion of such issues to take place among key University staff
  • Influence St Andrews policy and practice and help to improve the research and teaching experience at St Andrews
  •  Allow networking among researchers and teaching fellows from different areas of the University
  •  Engage proactively in the ongoing work to maintain and develop the HR Excellence and Athena Swan Awards
  •  Ensure career and skills development for research and teaching staff are given a high priority in the staff development agenda at St Andrews

You can find many more resources that are postdoc specific, but at a university-wide level, here.

Experimenters maye find the school’s ethics page useful.

Term timetables can be found here.

Here you can find out about annual leave allowances.

You can keep up to date with news in the school through the newsletter, which is also emailed to staff each Friday