Terminology

Terminology

We know it can be daunting starting in a new role, especially if you haven’t worked in the Higher Education sector before. This page covers all of the acronyms and terms you may come across during your time here.

  • ISPP – Individual Scholarship & Professional Practice Plans
  • LIAT – Lincoln Institute for Agri Tech
  • Unite
    A British and Irish trade union.
  • Unsion
    The largest trade union in the United Kingdom.
  • UCU – University and College Union
    A British trade union in further and higher education.
  • IR35
    A piece of legislation that allows HMRC to collect additional payment where a contractor is an employee in all but name.
  • BOG – Board of Governors
    The Board of Governors plays a central role in the strategic development and overall performance of the University. 
  • Linc-On
    The University’s reward platform that hosts around 60 benefits available to staff.
  • Salary Sacrifice
    An arrangement in which an employee agrees to exchange part of their salary for additional benefits from the employer. Benefits offered can include company cars and additional pension contributions.
  • AVC – Additional Voluntary Contribution
    A plan that allows employees to make further contributions to build up additional retirement benefits.
  • P11D
    A tax form to report end-of-year expenses and benefits for employees and directors.
  • P60
    A summary of your pay and all deductions in a specific tax year. 
  • P45
    The document you receive when you leave a job, it contains all the information a new employer will need to know about your old salary, tax code and how much tax you’ve paid.
  • UCEA – Universities and Colleges Employers Association
    A consortium of higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders.
  • REF – Research Excellence Framework
    The system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
  • TEF – Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework
    Assesses excellence in teaching at universities and colleges.
  • HESA – Higher Education Statistics Agency
    The official agency for the collection and analysis of quantitative information about higher education institutions.
  • NOV – Notification of Vacancy
    An e-recruitment form that is completed by managers when a job vacancy has arisen.
  • SLT – Senior Leadership Team
    A team comprising of the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors and other senior leaders.
  • PTG – People Transformation Group
    A group that meets regularly to discuss HR matters.
  • CDM – Communications, Development and Marketing Department
  • LIBS – Lincoln International Business School
  • VCO – Vice Chancellor’s Office
    The department comprising the Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellors that is responsible for the direction of the University.
  • CoA – College of Arts
  • CoS – College of Science
  • CoSS – College of Social Science
  • PVC – Pro Vice Chancellor
    The title given to the Directors / Heads of Colleges.
  • DVC – Deputy Vice Chancellor
    Members of the Senior Leadership Team who have management responsibility for specific areas of the University and support the Vice Chancellor.
  • VC – Vice Chancellor
    The executive head of the University.
  • League Tables
    The ranking of UK universities and courses by organisations such as The Complete University Guide and The Guardian.
  • NSS – The National Student Survey
    An annual survey that gathers opinions from final year undergraduates about their time in higher education.
  • SU – Student Union
  • LALT – Lincoln Academy of Learning and Teaching
  • LIAS – Lincoln Institute for Advanced Studies
  • NCFM – National Centre for Food Manufacturing
  • T&R – Teaching and Research
    Academic role profile with a focus on teaching and research.
  • TSPP – Teaching, Scholarship and Professional Practice
    Academic role profile with a focus on teaching, scholarship and professional practice.
  • HRBP – Human Resources Business Partner
  • ECR – Early Career Researcher
  • GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation
    A regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy.
  • PDR – Performance and Development Review
    The annual appraisal scheme for Professional Services staff.
  • ADA – Academic Appraisal
    The annual appraisal scheme for academic and research staff.
  • Clearing
    An annual process used by universities and colleges to fill any places they still have on courses.
  • RLMT – Resident Labour Market Test
    Requires by employers to show to UK Visas and Immigration that no settled worker is available for the role they wish to fill with a Tier 2 visa worker.
  • WBDL – Work Based Distance Learning
  • Panopto
    Lecture recording software.
  • Blackboard
    The virtual learning environment (VLE) used by the University.
  • MyView
    The University’s self-serve provision for staff.