Types of secondment

Information on the role of secondments in the IAD and types of secondments we host.

About IAD secondments

A secondment to the IAD provides an opportunity for academic and professional services staff to focus on a specific academic development project or initiative.

Secondees play a key role in the IAD, building links between School, Support Services and the IAD, whilst working on initiatives that generate broader benefits for the University as a whole.

We have hosted more than 20 secondments since the IAD was launched in August 2011.

Types of secondment

We have identified four different dimensions of a secondment to us.


To gain understanding of and contribute to a University or national strategic priority (e.g. Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) and employability, supporting international students).

Resource or course development

Where the secondment is focussed on producing or enhancing a particular course or resource, or an area of curriculum development.


Either involving research on effective learning or innovation in methods of teaching and learning

Organisational collaboration

To build collaborative links, share practice and gain a deeper and broader understanding of how the two organisations (e.g. Information Services and IAD, or College of Science & Engineering and IAD) work and how they could work together in the future.

Most secondments involve two or more of these elements. Several secondees also see publishing work from their secondment as a key personal objective.