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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 22 September, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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core definition

Faculty is:

1. the organisational unit into which cognate disciplines are located in a higher education institution

2. a shorthand term for the academic and research staff in a higher education institution.

explanatory context

In the UK and many other countries, faculty primarily refers to the organisational unit. Faculty as a term for academic staff is not often used. In the US and other countries in the Americas, faculty refers primarily to the academic staff although many institutions are organised on the basis of subject groupings called faculties. 

analytical review

University of Wales, Swansea (2004) notes:

What is a Faculty? Related departments and schools are grouped together into faculties. The science disciplines (Chemistry, Physics, Maths etc) are grouped together within the Faculty of Science; likewise, arts and social science based subjects (History, English, French, Sociology, Social Policy etc) form the Faculty of Arts and Social Studies. You will find references to the current faculties in the subject sections.

Graduate Recruitment Bureau (2011) states:

Faculty: Individual subjects within universities are grouped into faculties or schools, e.g. English would be part of the Faculty of Arts along with subjects such as modern languages.

Curtin University (2009) states:

Faculties are the primary academic divisions in which teaching and research are conducted



Simon Fraser University (Canada)

What is a faculty? Faculty—there are five faculties, the Faculty of Applied Sciences; the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences; the Faculty of Business Administration; the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Science. Every student who is admitted to the University is approved into a faculty.


In the US, though the focus is different:

faculty: instructors of higher education course work; a group term: one college teacher is "a member of the faculty" (ICN, 2007)


Faculty: The members of the teaching staff, and occasionally the administrative staff, of an educational institution. Faculty may hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, lecturer, research associate, research assistant, or the equivalent of any of these academic ranks. (NTNC, 2002).

associated issues

related areas

See also




Curtin University, 2009, Future Students: What is a Faculty?, available at, last updated 12 June 2009, accessed 21 September 2012, still available 3 January 2017, not available 26 June 2019.

Graduate Recruitment Bureau, 2011, Glossary, available at, accessed 9 October 2012, still available 26 June 2019.

Indiana College Network (ICN), 2007, ‘Glossary' available at, updated 15 February 2007, accessed 21 September 2012, still available 20 June 2019.

Northeast Texas Network Consortium (NTNC), 2002, Distance Learning College Glossary. , accessed 21 September 2012, still available 3 January 2017, not available 20 June 2019.

Simon Fraser University, 2004, For Students,, not available at this address, 3 March 2011.

Univeristy of Wales, Swansea, 2004, Undergraduate Study,, undated accessed October 2004, not available at this address, 3 March 2011 .

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