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Academic Promotion

The Academic Promotion process is now open for applications until 31 January 2019.

Professor Amrita Ahluwalia Co-Director, The William Harvey Research Institute, chaired a review group to look at the promotions process and the composition of the review team; their terms of reference can be found here: Terms of Reference [PDF 305KB]

As can be seen from the terms of reference, the remit of the review was very wide-ranging in order to deliver a revised process and associated guidance, which are clear and transparent. This has then resulted in the process as outlined in the guidance below, which also provides clarity on the evidence required.

Documents for Academic Promotions 2019 are provided below:

Guidance Notes - Academic Promotion Guidance Notes 2019 [DOC 190KB]

Application Form - Academic Promotion Application Form 2019 Revised [DOC 94KB]

The application form must be emailed to your Head of School/Institute Director by 31 January 2019.

Heads of School/Institute Directors will then complete the HoS/DoI statement on the application and email this to Rhianne Jones, Reward & Benefits Administrator, by 16 February 2019.


The 2019 Academic Promotions Round will consider applications for:

  • Promotion to Senior Lecturer
  • Conferment of title of Reader
  • Conferment of title of Professor

To be eligible to make an application you need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • be an academic member of staff (excluding Professors);
  • have one year’s continuous employment on 31 December 2018;
  • have completed the previous academic year’s annual appraisal/probationary review.


Please be advised that you are able to attend any of the following Academic Promotion Faculty Briefings. If you are unable to attend the session for your own faculty, you may attend one of the others but please note the session is chaired by the Faculty Vice-Principal and some information given will be specific to the relevant academic disciplines. 

Humanities & Social Sciences – Tuesday 4 December 1:30-3:30pm, Graduate Centre 114

Science & Engineering – Wednesday 12 December 1-3pm, Fogg LT

School of Medicine & Dentistry – Tuesday 15 January 1-2pm, Willoughby LT (Charterhouse Square)

Attendance to any of the above sessions can be booked through the Organisational and Professional Development website here and search for Course Code PD209.

If you do not already have one, you will need to set up an account on ESDCourses (through a short sign-up process). Once you are logged on, you will be able to see the booking icon.

Please click the session above which should take you to the recording of the briefing if you were unable to make it.


The Academic Promotions Coordinator is Rhianne Jones, Reward and Benefits Administrator (ext. 3734), who can be contacted with any queries with regards to the process or procedures of the promotions round. Any advice regarding your readiness to apply for promotion should be sought from your manager.



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