Staff Numbers and Posts
Academic Staff Structure
Academic staff allocation takes place on the basis of Staff Cost Units (SCUs). Each department is allocated certain SCUs. New SCUs are allocated via the Staffing Committee, upon application for additional staff resources. This process takes place once a year. Please refer to the section below entitled "Applying for Additional Posts".
Applying for Additional Posts
Applications for new posts are called for once a year by HR Division. The New Positions Committee considers these requests.
For all submissions to the New Positions Committee, HODs are required to supply SCU information and statistical information for the department, on the relevant application form that is sent to HODs. This information should be taken from the documents below:
The allocation of academic staff requires a number of considerations. In the case of academic posts, it is advised that the HoD speak to the Dean and Director: HR before making an application. When applying, consideration should be given to the
Externally-funded entities using the Rhodes University name that wish to add posts to their existing staff establishment need to have the approval of the University, via the Institutional Planning Committee. Such approval will normally be given provided there is adequate funding available and where there are no other inhibiting resource implications e.g. space. The Institutional Planning Committee has delegated authority to the Director: HR to approve such applications. However, should the Director: HR have concerns, these will be tabled with the IPC.
Teaching Assistants (TA)
Teaching assistants, usually post-graduate students, can be employed against vacant posts, against established TA posts, or against funds provided to support the HoD. To ensure fairness and consistency in the employment of these individuals, please consult the Guidelines for Determining Teaching Assistant Remuneration.