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Change of teaching staff affiliation to areas of knowledge

Presentation of the programme

Download of type document PDFOpen a new window Organic Law 2/2023, of March 22, of the University System defines areas of knowledge as fields of knowledge characterised by the consistency of their subject matter, a common historical tradition and the existence of communities of teachers and researchers, at a national and international scale. The same law introduces areas of knowledge amongst the characteristics that identify positions for permanent teaching staff working at universities, and endows the Spanish national government with the power to establish and review the list of areas of knowledge, subsequent to a report from the University Council.

When conducting their internal procedure for issuing decisions on changes of knowledge area for their teaching staff, public universities may include the preliminary assessment carried out by ACSUCYL concerning the link between the applicant’s teaching, research and professional activity and a given area of knowledge.

For this purpose, the Agency includes this assessment programme in its Download of type document PDFOpen a new windowCatálogo de Servicios de evaluación (392 kbytes) , such that universities may Download of type document DOCXOpen a new windowsolicitar la prestación (111 kbytes)  this service which, subsequent to approval by ACSUCYL’S Board of Directors and the signing of the corresponding contract, will give way to the assessment process.

Process and criteria
Assestment body

ACSUCYL conducts assessment of the applications for evaluation received from universities through the Teaching Staff Assessment Committee , which is responsible amongst other tasks for:  

  • Planning and coordinating the assessment process.

  • Designing, approving and publishing the assessment criteria and methods.

  • Adopting joint final assessment decisions.

In order to perform its tasks, the committee draws on the advice provided by panels of experts.

The work undertaken by the members of the committee and the experts is subject to the Agency's Download of type document PDFOpen a new windowCódigo Ético (556 kbytes) .


Since 2012, when assessment began for evaluation of changes of area and up to July 2018, a total of 12 teaching staff files had been evaluated at the request of universities in Castilla y León, of which 67% had been awarded a favourable assessment