Time commitment and duration

About the time commitment and possible duration of an IAD secondment.

Typical secondment length and time commitment

Most secondments run for at least one or two years to allow activities to be developed and evaluated over more than one full academic cycle.

Each secondment is the subject to a formal agreement that describes the duration, time commitment and other expectations for the secondee, School / Service and IAD. Each secondment is different and we have considerable flexibility in their structure and design. This includes time commitment, duration, and pattern of work across the academic year.

In terms of time commitment, most secondments are operating as the equivalent of one to two days per week and this appears to be an effective time commitment.

The duration and time commitment is agreed on a case by case basis between the secondee, their home School or unit, and the Institute for Academic Development (IAD).

Other organisational arrangements

All secondees are expected to be physically based at the IAD for their secondment where office space, computing and some administrative support is available.

Each secondment is based upon a formal agreement signed by the secondee, their home School or unit, and the IAD. This agreement contains details of the purpose, scope and activities planned for the secondment.

There are also opportunities for Schools or support services to jointly fund secondments or to link a secondment to external funding.

Get involved

If you would like further information on secondments you can email our Co Directors (Catherine Bovill and Olivia Eadie):

Email: IADdirector@ed.ac.uk