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​Role Profiles

All roles at the University 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 using the Role Description Guidance​. This form will need to be evaluated by HERA, following this evaluation, a grade and role matching code will be allocated to the role. If the position you are looking to recruit already exists please ensure you have updated the job description.

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


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


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

Please see below the standard roles within research and consultant roles:

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:

  • Research 
  • Learning and Teaching
  • ​Enterprise
  • Professional Practice 

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

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

​​​ Esteem​                     Academic Profile: Recognition nationally & internally.
                 Public Engagement: Press and media ​events and exhibitions and public policy.
Innovation​​                  Contribution of knowledge: Publications, presentation, performance or exhibitions.
                                    Impact: Demonstrate influence on practice, performance, knowledge and products                                           of public policy.

Contribution:  ​             Income 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 Leadership​: Leadership: 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.