Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Cambridge Plans Formal Teaching-Only Posts

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Cambridge Plans Formal Teaching-Only Posts

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The University of Cambridge is planning to formalise its teaching-only posts in a move that one academic has branded a "huge change" for the institution.

Cambridge's general board has recommended that two new university "offices" - or academic posts - be established for the small but growing number of teaching-only staff on open-ended contracts.

Gill Evans, emeritus professor in medieval theology at the institution, said that the creation of the new titles may reflect a shift towards the current trend in higher education of "identifying teaching-only powers".

Writing in the 16 July issue of the Cambridge Reporter, the university's general board says that the current set-up for teaching provision has developed in a "piecemeal fashion" with staff subject to a variety of terms and conditions, which is "unsatisfactory and poses risks for the university".

It recommends that new offices of lecturer (teaching) and senior lecturer (teaching) be established to provide a clear structure for appointments and promotions. …

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