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Before you start

We understand that before anyone starts a new role, they are keen to learn more about their new employer and what to expect so that they can get off to a flying start in their new job. On these pages you can find a wealth of information about the University, our history, structures and strategy. You will also find a range of resources to help you prepare for and settle in to your new role such as training and development activities you need to complete, as well as information about how to navigate your first day. Welcome onboard!

Preparing for your role

Before you start, there are some things we will need from you to make your onboarding process as smooth as possible! Click the links below to read our checklist outlining the key steps you need to take following your job offer and what you should expect from us before you start your new role.  We've also included a link to all of our mandatory online training so you can hit the ground running!

Your first day

From what to wear to where to park, we understand that your first day can throw up lots of different concerns, which is why we've put all the need-to-know information in one place. 


in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021