Guiding principle 4

4.  Researchers' personal and career development are recognised and promoted at all stages of their career, and the responsibility for this is shared between the individual and the University. Researchers should pro-actively engage in their own career development.

a.  Researchers have responsibility for managing and pursuing their own career. They and their supervisors are encouraged actively to seek out developmental opportunities - such as becoming involved in aspects of research management (e.g. budget and project management), teaching, publication and conference attendance, membership of committees and other community service, the preparation of research proposals, suggesting new research possibilities and sources of funding, and attending relevant courses.

b.  Normally only permanent university staff may act as grant holders, but provision exists for researchers graded at 8 or above to be joint holders with permanent staff; and in certain circumstances (for example in the case of senior researchers in small departments, or researchers who hold prestigious external career awards) researchers may be authorised by their head of department (and duly endorsed by Research Services) to act as sole grant holders.

c.  Researchers whose likely career trajectory is towards an academic post should be encouraged and supported to undertake teaching and research student supervision duties, if those duties:

  • are consistent with the conditions of the funding body
  • provide student teaching of the required standard in accordance with the division's quality assurance requirements, and
  • have been approved by the person to whom the researcher is formally responsible for the performance of his or her research duties or, where appropriate, by the head of department/faculty board chairman.

Where relevant, researchers will be briefed and advised by the person responsible for commissioning the teaching; and they will have access to appropriate facilities, including courses provided by the Oxford Learning Institute and their divisions, to support their development needs associated with teaching.

d.  Research staff are encouraged to play a full part in the life of their department, research group, or relevant academic network. The Regulation governing the composition of departmental committees provides for senior researchers to be members of such committees. Individual members of research staff may also be elected to membership of the relevant faculty and as such would then be eligible to apply to become a member of Congregation.  Research staff holding posts in a university department or institution at grade 8 or above are also eligible to apply to become members of Congregation. Attachments to colleges are, however, limited; but in addition to teaching opportunities (including college lecturerships that may carry common room rights) and junior and senior research fellowships, some colleges provide attachment schemes for small numbers of post-doctoral research staff. Such schemes enable research staff to make appropriate and valued contributions to the college's academic and social life.