Academic staff who teach and/or supervise on validated, franchised or joint programmes which lead to a Queen’s award, or who are providing joint PhD supervision as part of a collaborative research degree programme, must be ‘recognised’ by the University. This is to ensure that they have the appropriate qualifications and experience to teach or supervise on a Queen’s award. There are differing procedures for gaining recognition dependent on whether the staff work in the University Colleges, a third-level institution, or other collaborative organisation.
The Chair of the Collaborative Provision Group, or nominee, shall be a full member of appointments panels for University College academic staff. The University representative shall ensure that a candidate meets the University’s requirements for recognition. New teaching staff who have been appointed on a permanent basis shall be recognised from the date of appointment and shall receive the benefits attached to recognised teacher’s status.
All members of appointments panels shall be required to have received equal opportunities awareness training (this requirement does not extend to an external assessor). The College shall be responsible for ensuring that its members of appointment panels have received appropriate training. The University shall be responsible for ensuring that its representatives have received appropriate training.
Academic staff applying for temporary teaching recognition shall be required to submit an application for teaching recognition to the Collaborative Provision Group.
Recognition to supervise postgraduate research students shall be in accordance with approved University procedures. Academic staff in the College, who are appointed as principal or second supervisors, are eligible to apply for an Honorary title and the associated benefits.
Appointment of teaching assistants shall be in accordance with the University’s approved procedures.
The collaborating organisation will be responsible for ensuring that teachers contributing to a module or programme covered by the agreement are formally recognised in accordance with the standard University procedures. In such circumstances, staff are recognised for a defined period.
The collaborating organisation will be responsible for ensuring that any changes in the composition of its teaching staff for the programme are communicated promptly to the University, and that appropriate procedures are observed in submitting for recognition the names of new or replacement teachers for the programme.
Applications for recognised teacher status involving recognised third level institutions (i.e., University with degree awarding powers) will normally require consideration of summary CV’s of the staff proposed to deliver the programme(s). In the case of taught programmes, the summary CV’s should be considered by the Validation Panel meeting and the outcome reported in the validation report of the proposed collaboration. The validation report will be considered by the CPG. If approval is granted the recognised teacher approval period will not exceed the related agreement period. With regard to the supervision of PhD students involved in a collaborative research degree programme, the summary CVs should be submitted to the Chair of the CPG for consideration and approval, prior to their appointment to a supervisory team, in accordance with approved University procedures. A supporting statement should also be provided by the relevant School at Queen’s. The approval period shall be linked to the duration of study by the postgraduate research student involved.
Recognised teachers who supervise Queen’s PhD students are eligible to apply for the title of Honorary Lecturer. Application should be made through the Head of the relevant School and if supported application should be made to the Honorary Titles Group.
Recognised teachers seeking revalidation should show evidence of continuing professional development over the previous validation period such as would enhance their teaching.
The period of recognition is determined by the CPG and will be communicated to the recognised teacher/supervisor following approval by the Chair of CPG. The entitlements will be automatically withdrawn at the end of the period of recognition unless a reapplication has been submitted and approved.
Recognised teachers/supervisors will be issued with an identity card following approval from the Chair of the CPG. The recognised teacher’/supervisor's card will state the period of recognition.
Recognised teachers/supervisors are entitled to use, and borrow from, the University Library. A valid recognised teacher’s/supervisor's card will be required. Under the Library Regulations recognised teachers/supervisors can borrow up to fifteen books for a four week period. All library users are bound by the Library Regulations
Recognised teachers/supervisors are entitled to register to use Queen’s Online.
Recognised teachers/supervisors are entitled to attend staff training and development courses offered by the University subject to the availability of places.
Recognised teachers/supervisors are required to comply with relevant University policies. This includes, but is not limited to the following:
In exceptional circumstances, the University reserves the right, through the CPG, to suspend or withdraw recognition from an approved recognised teacher/supervisor. Such a recommendation would be made only where continuing recognition would be clearly unsatisfactory on teaching performance or other general conduct grounds.
When the Chair of the CPG is made aware of a potential issue in relation to a recognised teacher/supervisor, the Chair will contact the Principal/Director of the Collaborative Organisation and the University Coordinator. In consultation with the Principal/Director and the University Coordinator, the Chair will decide whether the matter requires further investigation by the Principal/Director, and if it does, whether it warrants temporary withdrawal of teaching recognition pending that investigation.
If it is decided that recognition should be temporarily withdrawn the recognised teacher/supervisor will be clearly advised of the reasons.
Where an investigation is required, this shall be carried out following a procedure agreed with the Chair of the CPG and shall involve a member of the CPG. The Principal/Director shall forward a report, with recommendation, of the outcome of the investigation to the Chair of CPG. The Chair shall communicate, in writing, his/her decision to the recognised teacher/supervisor giving reasons for the decision.
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