New academic promotions process is launched

The University’s new criteria and process for academic promotions was introduced on 1 February.


The new criteria build on feedback that many colleagues gave in promotions meetings and consultations held last summer. They were developed by HR and UCU to ensure that the promotions process is inclusive to all staff. Options in the criteria now reflect a more diverse range of contributions, showing our commitment to recognising and rewarding excellence in all areas of academic activity. The process is also designed to be less bureaucratic, with fewer, clearer criteria and less duplication of information. Guidance documents have been developed which, again, reflect colleagues’ feedback on what would be helpful when preparing an application.

The existing and new processes will be run in parallel for a period of six months to give staff who have already started to prepare an application the choice of continuing with that process and pending ratification by UCU.

Promotion Roadshow sessions will be held on dates in February and early March and can be booked via the HR website promotions pages.

The new criteria for support and professional and managerial staff will be available soon and further communication will follow.

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