During the programme you will have the support of your line manager and/or Head of Department/School/Institute as appropriate. In addition, you will be allocated a mentor whose role is to support and guide you through the programme; your mentor will not be involved in decisions relating to your progression on the programme.
In order to expose you to senior level thinking and offer peer networking opportunities across the University you will become a member of a peer support group. This group, comprised of other Assistant Professors on the ADP, will be co-led by a senior academic member of staff and a senior professional services member of staff and will offer one or two guided opportunities each year, with the expectation that group members will also self-organise networking opportunities on an ongoing basis.
Should there be any cause for concern regarding an Assistant Professor’s progression on the programme, such matters will be discussed as soon as possible with the Assistant Professor underpinned by an ethos of encouraging improvement and providing a supportive environment within which to do so. Further guidance regarding this is available in the Guidelines for Managing Progression through the Academic Development Programme – available on the Academic Development website.
Should you have any concerns at any point please raise these in the first instance within your School and College.
The University has a number of resources to help support your wellbeing during your time on the programme, and beyond. These resources can be found on our Workplace Wellbeing site. You may wish to review the employee assistance programme (EAP) provided to our staff by Health Assured which is on the site and which offers a number of services:
Health Assured offers cover for you and your immediate family members*, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year:
- Life support: Unlimited access to counselling for emotional problems and a pathway to structured telephone counselling or face-to-face counselling sessions (employees only) at your convenience.
- Legal information: For any issues that cause anxiety or distress including debt management, accountancy, lawsuits, consumer disputes, property or neighbour legalities (employees only). View the guidance information for further details.
- Bereavement support: Health Assured offers qualified and experienced counsellors who can help with grief and related stress plus a team of legal advisors to help with legal issues. Please click here for the HA Bereavement Guide.
- Medical information: Qualified nurses are on hand to offer advice on a range of medical or health related issues. They can’t diagnose but can offer a sympathetic ear and practical information and advice.
- CBT online: We recognise the value of self-help tools in dealing with a range of issues, and Health Assured have have a range of CBT self-help modules, informative factsheets and invaluable advice videos from leading qualified counsellors.
- Health support: Mini health checks, health and fitness plans, mood tracker
*Health Assured define dependants as immediate family members (spouse/partners) and children aged 16 to 24 in full time education, living in the same household.
We are committed to giving you the time, support and resources needed to succeed on the ADP, the length of which is typically around 5 years. Earlier or later completions are allowed for. We will work with you to extend the programme if you have had extended periods of absence (such as long term sickness or family leave). In order to support you as much as possible on your return from the University after a period of extended absence, the end date for completion of the ADP will be adjusted by 1.5 times the length of absence. Similarly, if there are other individual circumstances which significantly impact on your ability to complete the ADP but are not related to extended absence then these circumstances will be taken into account and adjustments made as necessary.