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The term ‘Recognised Teacher’ will apply to persons who, not being members of Academic Staff of the University, may be invited to engage in the teaching, supervision, assessment and examination of registered students of the University.  The status shall not be conferred on persons involved in the supervision and assessment of clinical or social work practice or industrial placement.

Proposals from Faculties for the designation of such persons, together with their duties and responsibilities, shall be considered by the Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement Committee on behalf of the Senate which may make recommendations to the Council.

Recognised Teacher Status

The term ‘Recognised Teacher’ was originally used for supervisors of clinical placements, but this category was excluded following a review in 2010/11 and the term now generally applies to arrangements such as those where staff of partner institutions, or other organisations, teach and assess the University's own students on behalf of the University in outcentres or through a franchised course arrangement. The University may pay the other institution for the staffing resource provided to support the University’s delivery of the course, but these personnel are not remunerated by the University directly for undertaking Recognised Teacher duties. 

Recognised Teachers are not normally employees of the University.  However, there may be instances when non-academic staff of the University are conferred with Recognised Teacher status. 

Faculties may accord ‘Affiliate’ status to those Recognised Teachers who require access to University facilities to support their teaching.  This is effected through the RAD system.

Recognised Teacher status is not applied to staff of other institutions teaching courses leading to University awards for students of those institutions (Associate Students).  In such cases the institution itself is recognised under the relevant Ordinance.  The term is not applied to supervisors of industrial placement nor to members of other higher education institutions attended by University students under exchange/intercalary schemes or the Study USA scheme.

The status is conferred by the Council of the University following a recommendation from the Academic Standards and Quality Enhancement Committee which receives nominations from Faculties.

Academic Office

The Academic Office is responsible for reviewing nominations of Recognised Teachers made by Faculty Boards and submitted on the Nomination Form.

The Code of Practice and Flow Chart detail the procedures to be followed.

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