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Guidance on the use of Grade 6T

  1. When should this grade be used?
  2. Who is this grade for?
  3. How should this grade be used?
  4. What is the typical length of appointment on Grade 6T?
  5. What is the process for transferring from Grade 6T to Grade 6.
  6. When should this grade not be used?

The following advises on the use and management of the training grade linked to Grade 6 (points 27, 28 and 29).

When should this grade be used?

An individual should be placed on this sub-grade where the responsibilities and demands of the post to which they have been appointed meet the Grade 6 criteria, and hence the HERA score range, but the individual themselves requires further structured development, training and experience to give them the skills and competencies necessary to undertake the full remit of the role.

Who is this grade for?

This training grade applies to both academic and support roles. It is typically used in circumstances where a particular post requires a qualification and in-depth knowledge in a relevant field (normally acquired through a specific degree and/or PhD) together with relevant experience, but the applicant is not yet at the required level. This training grade therefore provides the opportunity for the role holder to develop and build up the relevant experience, in a structured manner, which will ultimately equip them with the skills and competencies required to effectively perform the Grade 6 level role.

Note: For research staff, national role profiles for Research Staff (which have been modified slightly to bring them in line with the University terminology/processes) can be obtained by emailing framework@st-andrews.ac.uk. Applicants would be expected initially to have the majority of attributes of the grade 1 Academic-Research role profile and be working at grade 2 level at the end of the developmental period.

Employers that are considering using Grade 6T should firstly seek guidance from a Human Resources Officer who will advise on/approve its use.

How should this grade be used?

Once the use of this grade has been authorised, the applicable member of staff should be appointed to the first point of Grade 6T i.e. point 27. The appointment letter will advise that an appropriate and suitable development plan will be implemented at School/Unit level, and will ask both the manager and the employee to agree and ’sign-up’ to this arrangement.

This development plan will set down an agreed timescale (typically 3 years or less) within which the role holder should have achieved the necessary competencies which will allow transfer to Grade 6 (point 30). The appropriate input/support from Staff Development, SALTIRE and/or GradSkills should be sought as required.

It will be the responsibility of the School/Unit and the role holder to adhere to this development plan. Progress updates will be requested by Human Resources on an annual basis, which will require input from both the line manager and role holder. Any areas of concern, or signs of limited development/ progress, will be raised, discussed and monitored as necessary.

What is the typical length of appointment on Grade 6T?

As mentioned above, the normal expectation is that a member of staff would be on this training grade for a period of up to 3 years. If an individual is on this grade for over 3 years there must be sound justification for this. Human Resources will review/closely monitor any such cases to ensure that the role holder is being provided with the necessary support and training to assist them in their transfer to Grade 6.

What is the process for transferring from Grade 6T to Grade 6?

Following the completion of the development plan, both the line manager and the role holder will be asked to confirm that the role holder now has the
necessary skills and competencies required to undertake the full remit of the role. A job description will be requested which will be subject to HERA analysis to confirm that the role meets the criteria/score range of a Grade 6 post. Once it has been confirmed that the role holder is successfully operating at the Grade 6 level they will be transferred immediately to Grade 6, point 30.

When should this grade not be used?

This training grade should not be used where:

  • The post has been evaluated at Grade 5 and has a fixed remit at this level.
  • The post is for a fixed period of less than 18 months.