People Categories

The departmental membership categories are:

  • Academic Faculty — direct employment relationship with the department and involved in teaching and/or research run by the department (e.g.Stat Profs, Readers, ULs, CUFs, DLs, RSIV, G9 + G10 Researchers, Career Development Fellows) + ex officio Director of UG Studies, and Faculty Teaching Advisor.
  • Affiliate Faculty — no (or casual/very minimal) direct contractual relationship with the department but still involved in teaching and/or research run by the department AND has an employment contract elsewhere in the university. Must be proposed/accepted/adopted by a research group. Note the department determines whether they are affiliate faculty or researcher rather than the individual explicitly applying for one or the other.
  • Research Fellow — contractual relationship with the department (either direct employment or contractual relationship between funder and department) and engaged in independant research.
  • PDRA — direct employment relationship with the department and engaged on a specific research project in the department.
  • Affiliate Researcher — no (or casual/very minimal) direct contractual relationship with the department but employed elsewhere in the university and wishing to be involved in departmental activities (e.g. JRFs, college lecturers). Must be proposed/accepted/adopted by a research group. Note the department determines whether they are affiliate faculty or researcher rather than the individual explicitly applying for one or the other.
  • Emeritus & Retired Staff — Accepted under the emeritus/retired staff process (typically previously been Academic Faculty and now retired from the department but in exceptional cases can be emeritus/retired academics who did not hold a status in this department at retirement).
  • Admin & Support — direct employment relationship with the department in an admin/support role.
  • Visitorships (Visiting Professorship, Visiting Research Fellowship or Visiting Lectureship) — invited under a
    formal university or department scheme.
  • Academic Visitor:
    • Long Term Visitor — invited through normal departmental visitor programme, including approval by Executive Committee, for a visit of more than 3 months (includes postdocs and research fellows who hold funds abroad and spend 3+ months here although if the department is to be their only or primary base then they should be redirected through the normal research fellow procedures).
    • Short Term Visitor — invited through normal departmental visitor programme for a visit of less than 3 months.
  • Student Visitor — if coming for more than 3 months then directed down the recognised student process and
    hence through academic admin, if coming for less than 3 months directed down the short study visit route.
  • Summer Students — department needs more awareness in this area, at the very least personnel need a record
    and visa checks need to be confirmed.

Note the status categories defined above are about membership of the department. In addition to those categories we also have no-status categories:

  • Teaching Staff — e.g. people in Stats, Comp Sci, Philosophy, colleges etc whose involvement with the department is purely teaching related due to joint courses.
  • External/Collaborator — people who are not members but have been granted some basic level of (IT) access and/or facilities, e.g. ongoing collaborators whose collaboration requires access to systems/services the department provides, people who ask for a short transitional period before starting elsewhere, regular external guest lecturers, people who do not need a status category that suggests more importance yet do need some level of access.

Note in general people are only in one category but there are corner cases/exceptions who are in multiple categories.

Changes of status typically occur for several reasons:

  • postgrad becomes a PDRA
  • PDRA becomes a Research Fellow
  • Research Fellow or PDRA becomes Academic Faculty
  • Affiliated individual changes job and becomes a formal employee of the department (e.g. Academic moves from Stats or Comp Sci to Maths)
  • Academic Faculty retire and hence can become Emeritus & Retired Staff
  • PDRA, Research Fellow or Academic Faculty leave formal employment with the department but retain a connection and hence become either Affiliate Researcher, Affiliated Faculty, Teaching Staff or External depending on the situation

In all these cases there is an underlying personnel process.