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New Appointees in Trinity are placed on a period of probation when they commence in their new roles. HR is responsible for ensuring that new staff and their managers are supported in the management of the probationary process. This involves the provision of accurate probationary information, managing the calendar associated with probation and collating relevant management information on completion of probationary reviews.

Why are Probation Reviews important?

The main purpose of probation is to allow a specific time period for the employer & employee to assess suitability for the role and to identify what the employee needs to enable them in their role.

The benefits of Probation Reviews as part of performance management can include:

  • Ensuring ‘the right fit’ for the role
  • Marking areas for improvement
  • Aid in career development
  • Recognition of excellence
  • Strategic advantage in meeting objectives
  • Best practice

Who participates in Probation Process?


Please note that all contracts of employment are covered by Probation Procedures, i.e. permanent, contracts of indefinite duration, fixed term, and specified purpose. Periods of probation on temporary contracts count towards more long term roles.

When is a Probation Review carried out?

The actual probation timeline depends on the grade the staff member is at, as well as their start date and contract details.

In accordance with University Policies governing Probation, all appointments are offered subject to the satisfactory completion of a probationary period of:

  • One year
    • For Research, Admin, Library, Technical and Support Staff
    • At least two formal reviews to be carried out after 4 and 8 months form the start date

Please be advised that Procedure No. 46 – Probationary and Review Procedures for Academic Staff has been temporarily taken down from the website as it is currently under review.

- If you have any questions please contact the HR services centre on 01 896 3333 or email