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Complete relevant aspects of the University’s induction process ensuring that the secondee:

  • is introduced to key colleagues.
  • is shown around his/her workplace and local facilities.
  • understands the key responsibilities and requirements of the role he/she has been seconded to and how this role fits into the work of institution.
  • knows what is expected of him/her and the way in which his/her work will be monitored and assessed.
  • understands how he/she will be managed and supported during her secondment.
  • has access to all relevant local policies and procedures


Discuss professional development goals


Host departments are encouraged to offer secondees the opportunity to develop their professional skills and knowledge during their secondment. Therefore, it is important that, early on in the secondment the secondee is given an opportunity to discuss and agree the developmental goals they hope to achieve during the secondment and any training and development needs which need to be met in order for him/her to achieve these goals effectively.

During these initial discussions, a Personal Development Plan should be created. This activity can be supported by a representative from Personal and Professional Development (PPD) if required. This document should be regularly reviewed throughout the secondment to ensure that the secondee’s development goals are being addressed.

Allocate a buddy or mentor

  • The buddy or mentor acts as an impartial 'sounding board' for the secondee
  • They provide informal support to the secondee throughout their secondment
  • They should not be linked to the formal progress review process
  • They may contribute informally to the preparation of the Secondee's Personal Development Plan.