Starting Employment

Starting any new job can be challenging so the following information will support you in making the transition to Queen’s as smooth as possible.

Staff Card

Your Staff Smart Card (SSC) is your staff ID and should be carried at all times when on campus. An appointment should be made with Human Resources Reception as soon as possible, preferably on your first day, to obtain your Smart Card.  Contact Human Resources Reception on extension x3044 (or 028 90973044 from outside the University) to make an appointment.


As well as the induction provided locally by your new department you will also be invited to attend an "All New Staff Induction" a half-day session organised by Learning and Development (previously STDU) who will contact you directly to confirm the dates.

There are also further job specific induction sessions for new Clerical, Research and Academic staff. Find out more here.


The probation procedure applies to all new staff and provides a mechanism whereby managers meet with new staff, set expectations and establish specific objectives. The procedure also provides a means of performance review and feedback. Visit the Probation Webpages to access the Probation Regulation relevant to your grade for full details.


The University is committed to developing all staff and to delivering high quality service. The appraisal process is used to support the achievement of these aims. Individual objectives, linked to the corporate objectives, are set at the start of the annual appraisal cycle. Your manager will meet with you on an annual basis to discuss your performance against the set objectives. This process also provides you with the opportunity to identify training and career development plans. Visit the  Human Resources Website to get full details on the Appraisal Process at Queen's.  

Learning and Development

Learning and Development (previously STDU) organises a full programme of training events each year. You can browse the training programme to identify courses relevant to you and your role here.

Higher Education in Northern Ireland

You can find out about the Education System in Northern Ireland from the Department of Education. Within the University the Centre for Education Development provides expert support and facilitation to enhance education provision within the University. The centre offers a range of activities that support curriculum development including key educational initiatives, student engagement and progression, interaction with the Higher Education Academy, continuing professional development in learning, teaching and assessment etc. For more details visit the Centre for Education Development website.

Postgraduate Qualification in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCHET)

The course is designed for recently appointed lecturers and teaching fellows with limited experience of teaching in higher education; more experienced staff wishing to refresh and build upon their teaching skills; research staff with teaching responsibilities. This course leads to a postgraduate qualification in teaching and learning in higher education and has obtained accreditation by the Higher Education Academy. The overall aim of the course is to help participants to develop their knowledge and skills in teaching and learning in higher education and to encourage them to reflect on their professional practice. Successful achievement of PGCHET is a requirement for academic promotion from Lecturer Grades Ac2 to Ac3.


INTO is a network of university-based study centres, offering new and higher quality standards of preparation for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the UK, US and China. INTO at Queen’s offers a programme of language support for students which also extends to staff whose native language is not English. Courses include Seminar Skills, Language Development and Academic Writing. To find out more about the support available visit the INTO Website. English and other courses Your dependents may require access to courses when relocating.