A general type of work which a member of staff has formally agreed to undertake in respect of their current duties.
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 (e.g. participation in the development of postgraduate courses and supervision of postgraduate students).
Teaching and research function
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.
Where a member of staff is full-time and is undertaking current duties across more than one organisational unit or sector or has more than one function, these are to be reported using one or more Work Classifications packets for the full-time staff member.
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.Application of glossary term:
- Casual staff (HE)
- Full-time staff (HE)