Probation and confirmation
Existing probation and confirmation periods are retained.
The initial probation period is normally 6 months, but may be shorter e.g. for lower level HEO roles or short contracts, and may be up to 12 months for academic staff. Probation periods may be extended, with the maximum extension being 6 months for academic staff and 3 months for general and CET staff.
Continuing academic staff may be required to complete a confirmation period. For Level A staff, the duration is usually no less than 3 years and the maximum is 5 years. For Levels B to D, the duration is usually no less than 3 years, and the maximum is 4 years. In either case the confirmation period can be extended provided that the total confirmation period including any extension does not exceed above limits.
The EBA also sets out procedures for managing probation and confirmation periods.