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Welcome to Aston! 

We appreciate that as a new member of staff you may have lots of questions about your department, the University, Birmingham and the UK. Here are a few things to get you started.

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If you have any queries that this page does not answer, contact your line manager, your recruitment administrator or HR administrator. They will help you or point you in the right direction.

Working here

You will receive your Staff Network account details once you have had your Right to Work check completed by HR. Your Staff Network account details gives you access to your 
  • Aston email
  • Blackboard (our Virtual Learning Environment)
  • Aston Staff Portal Account (see below)
  • other University-wide systems 

If you have had your Right to Work check completed by HR but do not have your Staff Network Account details, please contact recruitment@aston.ac.uk.

At Aston University we use an online system called the Aston Staff Portal to help manage administrative activities. You now have access to your account in the Staff Portal, where you can do the following: 

  • View your payslips
  • Make annual leave requests and see your annual leave entitlement
  • Claim expenses
  • Claim timesheets (if you are a casual worker)
  • Book training
  • Update your personal details
  • View your contract and salary details
  • Update your HESA (Higher Education Statistical Agency) details

It is important that you keep your account up to date. As a new employee, you need to update your Portal account with some important details: 

  • Emergency Contact Details
  • Equality and Diversity Details
  • Bank Details (so that we can pay you!)

Please refer to the Portal Onboarding Guidance

At Aston there are 3 courses which we ask all employees to complete. Go to the Mandatory Training page to find out more and complete the courses (you will need to already have your Staff Network Details for this).
For more information on our pay structure, pension schemes and benefits of working at Aston, go to our Payroll, Pensions and Benefits pages. 

As well as offering a range of learning and development programmes and coaching support, Organisational Development Partners provide tailored development to leaders, managers and their teams, to improve performance and engagement across the University.

Visit our Organisational Development mini-site

Aston offers a generous annual leave entitlement. For full time employees this is:
  • 25 days for staff on grades 1-6
  • 30 days for staff on grades 7-10
  • 31 days for Professorial staff

Entitlement is pro-rated for part-time staff, and for staff starting part way through an annual leave year. See here for more information.

If you are a new manager at Aston, visit our Manager's area. 
There are three recognised campus unions which represent appropriate grades and certain roles/jobs within the university. 


View more information.

Aston offers a relocation package for employees moving to the Birmingham area. This is subject to new employees meeting certain criteria.


 

Here at Aston we are strongly committed to becoming a more sustainable University and have various initiatives in place to make this happen.  As new members of staff we would like you to get involved with these and help Aston to make a difference.  The vision for a sustainable future is clearly spelt out in our Aston 2020 strategy, within the University's Sustainability Policy and the Sustainable Procurement Policy.
Visit our Wellbeing Pages for more information 

About Aston University

Here you will find some key information about Aston University. You can also view more information here.

New to Birmingham or the UK?

If you are new to Birmingham or the UK, these links will be helpful to you.