If you're new to UTS, whether you're new to being an academic or have come from another university, there will be lots to learn - what's expected, where to find information, who to talk with and so on. If you've been here for a while, you may be interested in more information about career development options or advice on promotions.
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.
Some resources to get you on your way.
- Academic resources and systems: A list of key resources and systems to help you in your day-to-day teaching - be it administrative, teaching, technological or student support — as well as 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). This includes how to set up your staff card, wifi access, travel expenses etc. HR also run offers an orientation to UTS for all new UTS staff members four times each year. Over morning tea, learn about UTS, meet senior staff members and a host of services available to you. Contact: Client Services and Support firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9514-1060.
LX.Lab (Learner Experience Lab) workshops and drop-in sessions
Located in Building 6, the LX.lab is your one-stop-shop for learning and teaching support. Attend daily events and up-skilling sessions, or book a one-on-one drop-in session with one of our learning technologists. The lab is open to all academics at UTS. LX.Lab, Building 6, Level 4, LX.lab
- 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', its aims to upskill and support you.
- UTS Development Program for New Academics
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.