Academic positions at various levels are well defined in the broad areas of teaching research and service. Developing academic staff is something Massey is committed to. The Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise is instrumental in defining expectations of academic positions, for example in developing the University’s Strategic Research Capability Policy and the annual academic promotion round.

Unit managers will discuss aspects of this with each staff member, usually in a performance review and planning context, and clarify area(s) where a staff member could develop further. Senior academics also have a significant role to play in coaching and mentoring other academic staff. Staff who attract external funding can access this in a ‘professional time’ account to support their activity and development, for example through travel to international academic forums.

Professional staff represent various fields or job ‘families’ such as finance, academic administration, secretarial, student support, facilities management, etc. These usually call for specialist knowledge and skills, some of which will be acquired on the job. Many jobs are multi-faceted and the incumbent can develop to be proficient in all of these and can take a leadership role in some aspects.

Many positions require similar generic skills (work organisation, problem solving, customer relations, project management, computer skills, etc). Some of the technical and generic skills can be transferable and applied to positions in other fields. Staff may also have the opportunity to develop new skills through one-off projects or secondments, involvement in committees and cross-functional teams or through voluntary roles provided these do not adversely affect performance of the core position. Staff can explore such opportunities with their manager as they arise or in a performance review and planning context.

Staff study

The University supports academic or professional staff undertaking further academic study. In some instances, assistance with some time off work and fees concession is available. Details can be found in the provisions of the employment agreements and at staff study.

Women in leadership development

As part of the University’s commitment to equal employment opportunities, it has undertaken a programme to support the movement of talented women staff into senior academic and administrative roles. Details of the Women at Massey programme are to be found at Women in Leadership Development.

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