The Teaching salary structure negotiations which took place last year resulted in a new salary structure being implemented for Teaching Fellows within the Learning and Teaching family, however other areas of concern were identified by UCU during these negotiations. Provost’s Board agreed that a Working Group should be set-up to review these. The remit of the Group includes a review of the Research Job family as well as the Learning and Teaching job family. The Group will also separately conduct a review of how fixed-term contracts are used within the College. The Group will meet monthly for a year.

Terms of Reference

The purpose of the Group is to discuss and feed into the areas below, to inform Provost’s Board decisions on the following:

  • Review of the current Learning and Teaching role criteria, the promotion process, and the development of criteria for the new Level 7 equivalent role.
  • Review of the job titles within the Learning and Teaching and Research job families.
  • Review of the Research job family role criteria and the promotion process to identify any gaps that may impact on career progression, in addition to proposing options on how to approach these.
  • Review if the enhanced terms and conditions offered to academic staff could also be extended to all job families- these include recognition of previous HEI/NHS service for maternity/family leave; and for teaching and research staff, a percentage of time allocated for scholarship and sabbatical leave.
  • Review the use of fixed term contracts for all job families.

The above work will be informed by a review of the approach taken within the Russell Group, and other UK and global organisations as appropriate, in addition to relevant external bodies’ recommendations on best practice for employing teaching and research staff and the use of fixed term contracts.

As the group meets, updates on their meetings will be posted on this page.

The Group will be co-chaired by Professor Emma McCoy, Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience) and Professor Mary Ryan, Interim Vice-Provost (Research).

Group membership

Professor Emma McCoy

Professor Emma McCoy

Professor Emma McCoy
Vice-Provost (Education and Student Experience)

Professor Mary Ryan

M Ryan

Professor Mary Ryan
Interim Vice-Provost (Research)

Professor Richard Jardine

R Jardine

Professor Richard Jardine
Senior Consul and Professor of Geomechanics

Leila Guerra

L Guerra

Leila Guerra
Vice Dean (Education) Business School

Daljeet Birdy

D Birdy

Daljeet Birdy
Academic Progression and Job Evaluation Manager

Professor Jason Riley

J Riley

Professor Jason Riley
Vice- Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering

Professor Omar Matar

O Matar

Professor Omar Matar
Head of Department of Chemical Engineering

Professor Paul French

P French

Professor Paul French
Vice-Dean (Research), Faculty of Natural Sciences

Lynne Cox

L Cox

Lynne Cox
Director of Research Office

Dr Chris Watkins

C Watkins

Dr Chris Watkins
Faculty Operating Officer

Professor Claire Lloyd

C Lloyd

Professor Claire Lloyd
Vice-Dean (Institutional Affairs); Faculty of Medicine

Matthias Heger

M Heger

Matthias Heger
School Manager (School of Public Health)

Dr Liz Elvidge

L Elvidge

Dr Liz Elvidge
Head of Postdoc and Fellows Development

Professor Martyn Kingsbury

M Kingsbury

Professor Martyn Kingsbury
Professor of Higher Education

Dr Vijay Tymms

V Tymms

Dr Vijay Tymms
UCU representative

Susan Parker

S Parker

Susan Parker
Unite representative

Tanya Hunt

T Hunt

Tanya Hunt
Unison representative

Support to Co-Chairs and Working Group

  • Audrey Fraser – Head of HR Reward, Engagement and Policy
  • Rebecca Davey- HR Policy Manager
  • Emily Michael – HR Adviser (Reward, Engagement and Policy)

Summaries from Meetings

Meeting One: 10:00-11:00, Monday 23 August 2021

The working group discussed the group membership and extended this to include a Professor of Higher Education and agreed a research representative should be invited to join the group.  The group reviewed and agreed a minor change to the Terms of Reference, and considered how, and in what order, the objectives should be taken forward.  The group agreed that a useful starting point was to form two workstreams, one to focus on the Learning and Teaching Job Family and the other to focus on the Research Job Family.  

The potential membership of each of these the workstreams was discussed, with actions set to request expressions of interest from staff within each job family. The group discussed the use of fixed-term contracts and agreed it would be useful to obtain data in advance of commencing a review of this area. 

Meeting Two: 10.00-11.00, Monday 20 September 2021

The group agreed that the terms of reference should be extended to include other UK and global organisations when reviewing best practice for employing learning and teaching and research staff, whilst being aware that some approaches from outside the UK may not transfer to a UK setting in terms of employment law and funding body constraints. 

The group discussed progress on recruiting staff to represent the two workstreams which is still ongoing. The group agreed that it would also be beneficial to have representation from a DUGS, DPGS, Director of Research or similar. 

The group agreed it would be helpful to start gathering data on the use of fixed-term contracts and to start pulling together the current role profiles for the Learning and Teaching and the Research job families. 

The group reviewed the working group webpage and agreed to provide any suggestions and feedback with a week.