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Sessional staff induction


Sessional staff are a vital and valued constituent of the University's workforce. As for all new staff, sessionals need to be introduced systematically to the organisation and their new job, colleagues and the work area.

USC has a strong reputation in teaching, having consistently been awarded five stars for teaching quality and student satisfaction by the Good Universities Guide over many years.

Priority two in the University's Strategic Plan makes clear the importance placed on delivering high quality teaching, learning and graduate outcomes. Our sessional staff are key to achieving these outcomes.

This component of the induction process aims to introduce you to key aspects of the University's operations. It includes sections that are mandatory because of legislated compliance requirements.

There's a lot of information to absorb and some of the mandatory sections have to be completed before or soon after you commence. We are providing it online so it is accessible and available whenever you want or need it.

Faculties also have an important role to inducting new sessional staff and, through the Associate Deans, Learning and Teaching, each Faculty organises opportunities for sessional staff to get together and be inducted into Faculty operations and key people and processes.

The Centre for Support and Advancement of Learning (C-SALT) also organises a sessional development day early in each semester. These days are designed to:

  • encourage and support effective learning and teaching practices
  • foster commitment to the University's programs and courses
  • recognise the contribution of sessional staff.

We would like to welcome you to the University of the Sunshine Coast and hope you find your teaching experience enjoyable and rewarding.

To help you get started, this part of induction will guide you through the necessities for your first week.

  • Travelling to work and parking
  • Staff ID and access card
  • Network login
  • Blackboard
  • MyUSC
  • USC Staff
  • Code of Conduct
  • Copyright
  • Web accessibility
  • Student Engagement Program (StEP)
  • Student Evaluation of Teaching and Courses (SETAC)

As part of your induction, we require you to complete the following modules to ensure you understand the responsibilities of staff at USC regarding health, safety and wellbeing and equity.

  • Health, safety and wellbeing
  • Equity – EO Online

All USC staff who interact directly with international students must be aware of the University's obligation under the ESOS framework and the potential implications for students arising from the exercise of these obligations.

Getting to know USC and how the University operates will help you in your role. The links below give you information about the USC community.

  • Sessional Development Day – Saturday, 13 August 2016
  • Staff development calendar
  • Vice-Chancellor and President's Awards for Excellence
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