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A general type of work which a member of staff has formally agreed to undertake in respect of their current duties. A function may be:
Teaching Only Function
The work involves only teaching and associated activities (including lecturing, group or individual tutoring, preparation of teaching materials, supervision of students, marking, and preparation for the foregoing activities), or the management and leadership of teaching staff and of staff who support teaching staff. There is no formal requirement that research be undertaken.
Research Only Function
The work involves undertaking only research work or providing technical or professional research assistance, or the management and leadership of research staff and of staff who support research staff. There may be limited other work (eg participation in the development of postgraduate courses and supervision of postgraduate students).
A formal requirement is that both a teaching function and a research function will be undertaken, or the work requires the management and leadership of teaching staff and research staff and persons who support such staff.
Functions other than a teaching only function or a research only function or a teaching‑and‑research function. People with such functions may be located within academic organisational units as well as other types of organisational units.
Work undertaken by a person in a job or position referred to by a title such as "Dean" or "Head of Department" would normally be classified as a teaching only function, a research only function or a teaching‑and‑research function.
Work undertaken by a person in a job or position referred to by a title such as "Pro‑Vice‑Chancellor" may involve, within an academic organisational unit, a teaching only function, a research only function or a teaching‑and‑research function; it may also involve an "other function" in some other type of organisational unit.
If a member of staff is undertaking current duties in only one organisational unit, then in respect of a single substantive appointment they can have more than one function only if they are working in two work sectors.
If a member of staff is undertaking current duties in more than one organisational unit and/or two work sectors, they may have more than one function.
Where a member of staff has more than one substantive appointment they will have a matching number of current duties. There will be a function or functions associated with each of these current duties. In such cases, the functions for each of the current duties may be of the same type.
If a member of staff is coded as having a teaching‑only function or a teaching‑and‑research function then the member of staff can not be classified as being non‑academic.
This glossary item applies to the collection types:
- Higher Education Staff Collection