Pictured: LX.lab, located in Building 6, your one-stop-shop for learning and teaching support.
New to teaching at UTS? Welcome.
Whether you're new to being an academic or have joined us from another university there will be lots to learn - including where to find relevant information, and who to talk. To get you started, below is a list of resources and meet-ups for new academic staff.
Learning and Teaching Communication
First up, sign-up to the Futures e-digest — a weekly e-newsletter run by the LX.lab (that's UTS's Learner Experience Lab). The e-digest features news, inspiration, tech tips, and upcoming events specific to the learning and teaching community at UTS.
- LX.lab workshops and drop-in sessions
Located in Building 6, the LX.lab (short for Learner Experience lab) is your one-stop-shop for learning and teaching support. Attend daily events and up-skilling sessions, or set-up a one-on-one drop-in session with one of our learning technologists. The lab is a space for all academics at UTS, so make sure you stop by. LX.Lab, Building 6, Level 4, LX.lab
- HR new staff welcome
Four times a year, the UTS HR team run an orientation for all new UTS staff members. Learn about UTS and meet some of our senior staff members. You'll also get the chance to chat with representatives from the many services available to you as a staff member. Contact: Client Services and Support firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9514-1060.
- 'Teaching for learning.futures' Workshop program for new academics
Institute for Interactive Media and Learning (IML) offers a workshop program for all new academic staff, run twice annually in February and July i.e. just before the start of either of the main UTS sessions. The program supports academics to develop the understanding and confidence to teach subjects aligned with learning.futures - UTS's university-wide approach to blended learning. With sessions on 'active and collaborative learning', 'assessment and feedback', it aims to upskill and support you.
Academic resources and systems
A list of resources and systems to help you in your day-to-day teaching - be it administrative, teaching, technological or student support — plus their key contacts should you need help.
Survival guide for new academics [PDF]:
Tried and trusted tips to get you started. This survival guide has been produced with the help of people who have some understanding of what it is like to be in your shoes.
- HR Starting at UTS Guide
An online week-by-week walkthrough from Human Resources (HR) - think how to set up your staff card, wifi access, travel expenses etc.
Futures (run by the LX.lab)
An online community for learning and teaching blogs, news and events. You can also access live chat support for learning and teaching
UTS Development Program for New Academics [PDF]
In the first two years of your appointment as a lecturer or associate lecturer, you're expected to participate in the UTS Development Program for New Academic Staff. You'll normally receive a 25% reduction in your teaching load for the first two years of your appointment (based on your Faculty’s workload policy) to help you complete this. The program supports your learning and development as an academic at UTS and intends to complement and support your normal academic work. You'll work with your academic supervisor, identified in your letter of offer of employment, to negotiate your overall program. If your appointment is at less than .7 fractional or you are appointed at senior lecturer or above, you may still be able to participate.
- Probation and tenure
Most academics are appointed to UTS with three years probation. The information in this section answers some commonly asked questions about probation and provides resources to integrate your work and your professional development.