Organisational Development

New staff

Welcome to the University and congratulations on your new post. Find out more about starting here and staff inductions.

As a new starter, you should read through your welcome email which is typically sent out prior to your start date. This email contains key information about working here and what's on offer to staff. For more information, please email human.resources@sussex.ac.uk.

On this page, you can find and download our campus map to see the location of all campus buildings and help you navigate your way around.

You can find information about travelling to the University via public transport or campus parking permits here.

Find out more about the benefits of working at Sussex including information about childcare, housing and healthcare on campus.

New Staff Inductions

Your line manager is responsible for welcoming you into your new place of work, arranging essential training and setting you up on any relevant systems. These two documents should be completed with your manager at the start of your new role:

A checklist to support the induction of senior managers can be found here.

Health and Safety

The University of Sussex is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy place to work, study, visit and enjoy for its staff, students, and visitors.

Your induction should include key information about arrangements for first aid, fire safety, incident and hazard reporting and any relevant safety information necessary for your role.

Each School and Division has Health and Safety Coordinators that can support you on these arrangements. There is also a central Health and Safety Team which provide resources to support the varied aspects of your work including research and teaching.

Staff Welcome Sessions

All new staff will receive an email invitation to attend an online Welcome Session within their first year. These sessions offer an opportunity to virtually meet members of the University Leadership Team and to learn more about our history, our plans for the future and the benefits of working at Sussex.

The presentation slides from the last Welcome Session can be found and downloaded from the feature box on the right side of this page.

Visit our Welcome Session Networkers' webpage to learn more about the facilities and opportunities available for Sussex staff. 

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Support for New Managers

If you are a new manager at Sussex, there are a number of additional resources available that we encourage you to engage with. This will not only help you better understand your role as a manager but also enable you to connect with other managers across the University. 

Firstly, we have the Managers' Toolkit which is a series of online resources that has been created to support managers to be as effective as possible.

Bringing together key policies and procedures, we also have a specific Managers' Induction page on which you can find a comprehensive Managers' Guide, information on our New Managers' induction and any specific online training you should be completing.

We also have The Sussex Leader. This document aligns to the Sussex 2025 strategy and defines the behaviours and competencies that are expected of our leaders at all levels at the University.

We have now set up a new Managers’ Development Channel on MS Teams to encourage learning and support you as managers in your continuous development.

Contact us

Organisational Development
Human Resources
Sussex House
E od@sussex.ac.uk
T 01273 606755 ext 4806

For regular updates on learning and development workshops and wellbeing events for staff, follow us on Linkedin or Twitter.

Download our checklist for new staff and induction training plan

These two documents should be completed with your manager at the start of your new role.

New Staff Induction Checklist

Induction Training Plan for New Members of Staff

A checklist to support the induction of senior managers is available here.

Staff Wellbeing

You can find a range of tools and resources to support Sussex staff to look after their mental, physical and financial wellbeing on our Staff Wellbeing Hub.

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E-Learning for Staff

The University uses the e-learning platform, LearnUpon, to deliver essential training to staff.

New staff are automatically enrolled on all essential courses and will receive an email from LearnUpon within two weeks of their start date with login instructions. Please do not try to log in to LearnUpon until you have received this email.

Temporary staff and other external staff will need to contact OD for alternative access. Please email learnupon@sussex.ac.uk if you need help.

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Mentoring at Sussex

We have an active central mentoring programme open to all staff at the University. Mentoring is a powerful method of professional development; it can benefit individuals across all job roles and functions, within any department or discipline. More information can be found on our Mentoring pages.

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