Academic & research job family levels

Level A

Roles at this level may represent the entry level for those expected to train and/or develop to take on a more senior research or academic role.   Roles at this level are generally concerned either with assisting a research team or group by carrying out analyses and tests where the method and purpose are clear, or with teaching within a clear and established programme.  

Representative work activities

Research
  • Working under close supervision of, and direction from, a more senior researcher or academic, who will be ultimately responsible for a research or teaching programme
  • Acquire and interpret research data and results
  • Run analyses and tests using specified and agreed techniques and models
  • Prioritise tasks within agreed work schedule
  • Contribute to the development of techniques, models and methods
Teaching
  • Supervise undergraduate class activities, e.g. language lab or practical work
  • Advise and assist other staff and students within limited area of expertise

Typical knowledge, skills & experience

  • Degree or equivalent in subject relevant to research or teaching area
  • Some practical experience of applying the skills and techniques
  • Ability to analyse and communicate effectively

Performance criteria

Evidence of:
  • Expertise in subject and techniques through:
    • knowledge of subject area, experience in practical experimental techniques
    • ongoing review by line manager/supervisor e.g. against job descriptions and set work
      standards
    • feedback from colleagues

    Career pathways to level B

Level B

Roles at this level may represent the early stages of an academic career whereby the post holder undertakes a specific set of responsibilities within an established research or teaching programme. There may be a combination of research and education activities, with appropriate organising and managing in support of these activities and possibly some team leadership, or a specific focus on research or teaching.

Representative work activities

Research
  • Within own research programme, plan and carry out the work, using methodology and techniques appropriate to this type of research, e.g.
    • investigations leading to the discovery of new knowledge
    • producing original research
    • generation of quality research data, contributions to publications, conference proceedings, etc.
    • analysing and illuminating data, interpreting and bringing new insights through integration
    • application of knowledge in practice out of which new intellectual understanding emerges
    • contribute to writing bids for research grants
    • contribute to writing up research findings for publication and dissemination
    • provide guidance to other staff and students

Teaching

  • Teach and advise students within own subject area, predominantly through lectures and seminars for groups of undergraduates or postgraduates
  • Undertake instruction of PhD students as agreed
  • Supervise practical work and advise students on techniques
 Leadership and management
  • Take responsibility for organising resources and effective decision making in support of research


Knowledge, skills and experience

In research/teaching:
  • Graduate or equivalent with some research and teaching experience.
  • Researchers will normally have a PhD in a relevant subject for the role - exceptionally, the requirement for a PhD in a relevant subject may be waived if there is clear evidence that the individual has acquired relevant and equivalent expertise as identified in the Performance Criteria for the role.  This expertise may have been acquired whilst working in a research, industrial or commercial environment                        
  • High level analytical capability
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Ability to apply relevant models, techniques and methods, and develop new ones
In leadership/management:
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and deploy them effectively
  • Understanding of relevant College and departmental/divisional procedures and ability to manage own area accordingly e.g. with regard to health and safety, finance
  • Ability to encourage a research culture in others

Performance criteria

Evidence of:
  • Appropriate subject expertise, and that it is frequently updated e.g. publications, conference presentations
  • Contribution to design of appropriate experimental research methodologies and techniques
  • A developing reputation in the subject at national level
  • Quality of research e.g. through feedback from colleagues
  • Motivation of the research team and ability to troubleshoot
  • Optimal utilisation of resources e.g. efficient use of time, materials

 Career pathways to level B

Level C

Roles at this level are held by individuals experienced in research and/or teaching, usually after progression from Level B. In some cases, their contribution spans research, and education (teaching, leadership and management), although the relative importance of each of these strands may vary substantially from role to role. The research has measurable outcomes and is reflected in growing national reputation; education may involve innovation in course design and/or delivery; and the contribution to the department through leadership and management may be significant.

Representative work activities

Research
  • Pursue research personally, developing research proposals and funding bids, and winning support for them
  • Plan and lead high quality research, project managing the research activity, supervising and taking responsibility for the research team
  • Present findings in publications and conference proceedings
  • Provide expert advice, possibly externally
Education - Teaching
  • Teach and examine courses to all levels, i.e. undergraduate, masters and higher research degree students, through lectures, seminars, course work, tutorials and personal supervision
  • Plan and review own approach to teaching
  • Contribute generally to the development of teaching and teaching methods and assessments in the department
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both internally and externally
  • Provide pastoral support for students
  • Contribute to the enhancement of quality in teaching within the subject, department or Faculty
  • Develop course proposals and contribute to curriculum development
  • Act as external examiner for postgraduate students.
  • Develop approaches to teaching and learning which are innovative and reflect developing practice elsewhere
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods

Education - Leadership and management
  • In addition to core administration for the individual’s own work, contribute to the process of admissions, examinations, the RAE or teaching quality assessment
  • Monitor and ensure effective management of assets and budgets allocated as part of the role
  • May involve managerial responsibility for some support staff

Knowledge, skills & experience

  • Extensive research experience within subject specialism, supported by relevant qualification (PhD and/or teaching qualification)
  • High level analytical capability
In research:
  • Experience and achievement in chosen field, reflected in growing national reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in delivering research results
In teaching:
  • Ability to design and deliver course materials
  • Experience and demonstrated success in delivering teaching

In leadership/management:
  • Ability to take responsibility for effective deployment of resources
  • Contribution to broader management processes
  • Emerging skills in managing and motivating staff

Performance criteria

Evidence of:
  • Attracting research funding and/or bids for other financial support, or equivalent measure of impact
  • Successful research programme design e.g. level of innovation and impact of research
  • A national reputation in subject e.g. evidence of published research results
  • Contribution to teaching programme design and to teaching quality; attainment of ILT qualification
  • Contribution to broader processes e.g. departmental course development, assessment examinations, recruitment
  • Management skills leading to enhanced performance of the team
  • Effective management of resources

Level D

Roles at this level commonly reflect extensive professional experience. Individuals have a substantial reputation in their field and make a significant impact on their discipline or profession through effective and innovative academic leadership in research and/or education. Roles which focus on research involve an established national and international reputation through original research work and a clear record of impact shown, for example in substantial and sustained research income. Other roles will combine an established research profile with a focus on teaching, research student supervision, course development and departmental leadership and management activity.

Representative work activities

Research
  • Direct research activities and programmes
  • Lead funding bids which develop and sustain research support for the specialist area
  • Publish results of research which lead to an established reputation in the subject area
  • Provide expert advice internally and externally
  • Participate actively in the development of the department/unit’s research strategy
In more research-focused roles:
  • Demonstrate and maintain research activity of national and international repute in a major subject area through original research work
  • Lead major funding bids, set up and manage resources for research activity in an area of recognised excellence for the College
Education - teaching
As in Level C:
  • Teach and examine courses to all levels, i.e. undergraduate, masters and higher research degree students, through lectures, seminars, course work, tutorials and personal supervision
  • Plan and review own approach to teaching
  • Contribute generally to the development of teaching and teaching methods and assessments in the department
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both internally and externally
  • Provide pastoral support for students
  • Contribute to the enhancement of quality in teaching within the subject, department or Faculty
  • Develop course proposals and contribute to curriculum development
  • Act as external examiner for postgraduate students
In more teaching-focused roles:
  • Act in senior roles within the department or Faculty to advance student academic development e.g. Senior Tutor, Coordinator of Programmes at undergraduate or postgraduate levels
  • Lead the development of new approaches to teaching and learning. This may be underpinned by research and evaluation of teaching methods and systems
  • Coach and advise others on learning and teaching methods
  • Contribute to the development of teaching and learning policy locally
  • Act as a coach and role model for teaching methods locally through excellent practice

Education - leadership and management
  • Contribute significantly to the development and running of the department, for example in chairing committees, leading development activity on research or teaching assessment, leading for the department on the admissions process
  • Develop and manage staff and resources, in support of major research or teaching activities
  • Represent the department/Faculty in the College and the discipline/profession externally

Knowledge, skills & experience

  • Extensive research and teaching experience.
  • Emerging leadership and management skills

In research:
  • Experience and achievement in chosen field, reflected in high national and growing international reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, building and resourcing a team and delivering research results
In teaching:
  • Teaching qualification, e.g. membership of ILT or equivalent, and additional experience
  • Ability to design and deliver teaching and learning programmes

In leadership/management:
  • Skills in managing and motivating staff
  • For research-led roles, proven ability to plan and lead the delivery of research programmes, to develop techniques and sources of funding
  • For teaching-led roles, proven skills in development and organisation of teaching activities

Performance criteria

Evidence of:
In research:
  • A substantial reputation nationally and internationally for research, reflected in sustained output, level of innovation, impact on discipline or profession and recognition
  • A track record on the development of funding sources and attracting significant research funds
In teaching:
  • Contribution to the department through broader processes, e.g. course development, assessment exercises, examinations, recruitment, project or other initiatives
  • Contribution to the development of colleagues through coaching, acting as a mentor or otherwise leading development activities
In leadership/management:

Performance as a team leader, based on team performance and feedback

Level E

Roles at this level reflect internationally recognised leadership and a substantial and sustained reputation in research and education by outstanding contributions to its advancement. In research, there is a sustained international reputation based on an extensive track record of research with a major influence on the discipline or profession and a significant impact shown, for example in sustained influence on research income. In education, specialists at this level have broadened and deepened their impact on teaching methods and systems, both internally and externally and there is evidence of creative and scholarly work which has had a significant impact. For either role there will generally be significant leadership responsibilities on behalf of the department and/or the College and a significant management contribution.

Representative work activities

Research
  • Plan and lead the implementation of research activities and programmes of outstanding quality and international repute and advance the reputation of the department and the College
  • Manage effectively the teams of people and other resources needed to deliver the research plan
  • Lead major funding bids which develop and sustain research support for the specialist area
  • Provide expert advice internally and externally
  • Contribute to the development of the faculty/divisional/departmental research strategy
In more research-focused roles:
  • Participate in national and internal programme formulation, RAE panels, research strategies and reviews
  • Provide advice to government bodies
Education - Teaching
As in Levels C and D:
  • Teach and examine courses to all levels, i.e. undergraduate, masters and higher research degree students, through lectures, seminars, course work, tutorials and personal supervision
  • Plan and review own approach to teaching
  • Contribute generally to the development of teaching and teaching methods and assessments in the department
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both internally and externally
  • Provide pastoral support for students
  • Contribute to the enhancement of quality in teaching within the subject, department or Faculty
  • Develop course proposals and contribute to curriculum development
  • Act as external examiner for postgraduate students

 In addition:

  • Act as an external assessor of departments in other universities

 

In more teaching-focused roles:
  • Oversee the development and review of education provision in the subject area for all students at all levels
  • Develop and review approaches to education which advance techniques and standards locally, contribute to local policy and serve as a contribution to broader debate
  • Act as a coach and role-model through excellent practice and mentoring colleagues
  • Work with local education authorities and examining boards to widen participation in Higher Education
  • Work with national and international bodies on curriculum development and quality assurance leading to and reflecting an acknowledged reputation as an expert in teaching methods
  • Undertake creative and scholarly work which has a significant impact
Education - leadership and management
As in Level D:
  • Contribute significantly to the development and running of the department, for example in chairing committees, leading development activity on research or teaching assessment, leading for the department on the admissions process
  • Develop and manage staff and resources, in support of major research or teaching activities
  • Represent the department/Faculty in the College and the discipline/profession externally
 In addition:
  • Take responsibility for the appointment, development and management of all staff of all types in the directly managed team
  • Take responsibility for the handling of major processes in the department connected e.g. with forward planning, financial management, teaching or research quality and admissions
  • Contribute to the running of the College through designated committee, representative or project activities

Knowledge, skills & experience

  • Extensive and high level research and teaching experience
  • Experience and capability to act as role model in the areas of research, teaching and management, as appropriate
  • High level analytical capability
  • Skills in counselling and motivating students at all levels
  • Proven skills in leading, motivating, developing and managing the performance of colleagues, ensuring the effective performance and development of the department or unit
  • Extensive experience in leading the design of research/teaching programmes
  • Established and widely recognised excellence and reputation in the specialist subject area among peers internationally
  • Proven ability to plan and lead the delivery of research and/or teaching programmes, and to develop sources of funding
  • Proven skills in coaching and developing others in best practice techniques
  • Proven skills in leading, motivating and developing the performance of colleagues and contributing to the effective performance and development of the department or unit

Performance criteria

Evidence of:
In research:
  • Reputation among peers externally, nationally and internationally
  • Sustained track record in attracting high levels of research funding
  • Contribution to the development and performance of colleagues through coaching, mentoring and peer support
In teaching:
  • Reputation
  • Contribution to the development and performance of colleagues th rough coaching, mentoring and peer support
  • Improved teaching in departments as measured by student feedback, examination outcomes etc.
In leadership/management:
  • Management capability, e.g. financial performance of areas under personal supervision, feedback from colleagues and staff
  • Contribution to the department, Faculty, College and externally through leading or contributing to broader processes, committee and project activitie