We are committed to ensuring a fair and transparent recruitment process for all our research, academic and professional support staff.
New staff joining the department receive a comprehensive introduction on the workings of the department and the University to have the best start to their career at Lancaster. An online staff handbook helps new staff members to settle in and get used to their new role.
We strongly support the professional and career development of staff through teaching and learning training, leadership and management training, researcher development support, job skills development and courses on personal effectiveness in work roles.
Our department maintains a culture that is supportive of a positive work-life balance and an enabling approach to flexible working. We appreciate that staff are most productive when they have achieved a work-life balance that enables them to effectively meet their responsibilities outside of work, such as caring. We recognise that staff may want to work from home occasionally and the department is fully supportive in such circumstances. We also have working practices on out of hours email contact, when to hold meetings and weekend working. These practices combine to support staff in having the work-life balance that works for them.
We are committed to ensuring that all staff expecting a child, adopting a child or needing more time to care for their family are supported before, during and after taking leave. This policy is to enable them to manage and balance work and childcare commitments successfully. University policy on leave is available here.
The research staff play an integral role in driving our research agenda.
We encourage our researchers to actively take part in their research groups and the department’s activities and events. We support them in their professional development to achieve their career goals. This support includes assisting them in attending external events and by organising internal functions, such as information sessions, including seminars, workshops and social events, such as Early Career Staff lunches.