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​​​​​​Role Profiles

All roles at the University from grades 1–10 are fully evaluated by a trained panel of HERA (Higher Education Role Analysis) Role Analysts.


If you are recruiting for a new or existing role that has changed substantially you will need to complete the Role Description Template (download here) using the Role Description Guidance (download here) .


This form will need to be submitted to your People Partner and evaluated by HERA. Following this evaluation, a grade and role matching code will be allocated to the role. If the position you are recruiting for already exists, please ensure you have reviewed and updated the job description accordingly.


We have created generic role profiles using the different levels and streams of the National Library of Academic Role Profiles and tailored them to suit the purposes of Edinburgh Napier University. These profiles ensure consistency and provide clear promotion routes within the University.




Please speak with your Talent Acquisition Consultant about non-academic roles.




Below are links to the standard role profiles for academic vacancies. Please ensure you delete the irrelevant pathways prior to attaching to your SAF:


Tutor - Gr​ade 5

Lecturer – Grade 6

Associate P​​rofessor – Grade 7

Professor - Leve​​l C

Professor - Level B

Professor - Lev​el A

Below are links to the standard role profiles for research and consultant roles: (links currently being updated, please contact your Talent Acquisition Consultant)


Research Assistant – Role Code RES1

Research Fellow – Role Code RES2​

Senior Research Fellow – Role Code RES3​

Principal Research Fellow – Role Code RES4


Trainee Consultant

Associate Consultant


Senior Co​​nsultant​

Principal Consultant​



All academic role descriptions and person specifications have been standardised to ensure they are in line with our Academic Career Development Framework, within this framework, there are four academic pathways:


Learning and Teaching


Professional Practice


Candidates should demonstrate their experience and achievements by addressing the criteria linked to the pathway advertised. Please note that the majority of academic vacancies should be advertised using the research pathway.


The criteria for each of the routes are defined as the following:

EsteemAcademic Profile: Recognition nationally & internally.
Public Engagement: Press and media events and exhibitions and public policy. 
InnovationContribution of knowledge: Publications, presentation, performance or exhibitions.
Impact: Demonstrate influence on practice, performance, knowledge and products of public policy
ContributionIncome generation: Grants, external funding, business growth.
Institutional Citizenship: Collaboration with colleagues, actively contributing to the successful operation of the University, committee and working group engagement.
Academic LeadershipLeadership: Building formal and informal teams and communities whilst being proactive within the University.
Successful Management: Managing teams, projects and resources.
Capacity Building: Mentoring staff, postgraduate research supervision and diversification of the University's activity.