Academic community

Academic citizenship

As an academic, you will belong to several communities, including your department, your college, the University as a whole, peers in your discipline across national and international institutions, as well as our own cities and regions. Academic citizenship is about taking an active part in these communities.

Being a good academic citizen is as much about how you work as what you do. There is an expectation that everyone will uphold our University’s core values, commitment to equality and diversity, as well as all relevant professional standards. Being an active academic citizen could involve you in any of the following activities;

  • Taking on leadership and management roles;
  • Volunteering to set on working groups (for instance advising on improvement projects);
  • Mentoring and advising less experienced colleagues;
  • Contributing to a supporting working environment, attending and making a positive contribution to relevant management meetings;
  • Collaborating with staff across the university as well as students and external partners;
  • Taking part in widening participation and outreach projects;
  • Engaging with peers in your discipline both nationally and internationally;
  • Contributing to the development and achievement of the University’s strategies and college plans;
  • Actively supporting the recruitment of students.

For information about the level of Academic Citizenship expected of you at each stage of your career, see the progression criteria of the Education, Education and Research, or Research job families.