Getting Started

This page aims to provide easy access to information you may need during your first weeks as a member of staff at the University.  It is not designed as a replacement to the induction to your Faculty and Department which should be arranged by your line manager.

Please continue to explore the portal to discover more opportunities offered by Think Ahead.

Induction Resources

Staff Induction Portal

Providing support to new starters through the first three months of their contract.

Staff Induction Events

Opportunities to learn more about the University and meet other new starters.

Many new researchers and academics find the Research & Innovation Services induction extremely useful - Induction registration.

Think Ahead Induction

Introducing research staff to some of the key things that they should consider in making the most of their research period at the University of Sheffield.

Delivered in a Faculty setting by a dedicated Researcher Development Manager.


Continuing professional development is integral to a successful career and impactful research.  Find out more about the Think Ahead Framework.

Career management

Helping researchers manage their careers within and outside of academia.


A suite of mentoring programmes designed and developed for researchers.

Policies & Procedures

Useful policies and procedures to be familiar with, brought to you via Human Resources.

Research Ethics & Integrity

Everything you need to know about research ethics, including the Full Ethics Policy, Ethics approval procedure and online resources such as the Ethics Review System and Ethics Training Course and Self Assessment tool.

Public engagement

Information and support to assist you in promoting your research to members of the public.

Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers

This document provides a single, unambiguous statement of the expectations and responsibilities of research funders and institutions with respect to the management of researchers.


Find out more about the vast array of communities, networks and staff associations currently available at the University.

Research Data Management

Guidance pages on the management of research data which complement the University of Sheffield Research Data Management Policy. This site includes information and guidance on key components of research data management (RDM) and provides definitions of what is meant by ‘research data’.

Information Security Training

Online courses which help you access the information you need, whenever you need it, in a secure way.

They provide techniques to keep information safe and will help you identify potential risks to security.

Access through MUSE.

Health & Wellbeing

The University is committed to creating a great place to work and study and everyone’s health and wellbeing sits at the heart of this aim.

Juice offers a comprehensive package of wellbeing initiatives.

Self help resources are available through the University Counselling Service.