Meet the department

Make sure you look around the labs and meet the staff

You should get a chance to look around the department, see the labs and meet some of the staff  who you would be working with. Look out for the equipment you’d like to be using and check out the level of technology use. Your potential colleagues will be an important part of the early years of your career. How many other teachers with your specialism are there? Do you think you’d get along with them? What is the head of department like? If he or she is also going to be your mentor, would you feel comfortable going to them for support? And just how available are they likely to be?