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Academic Promotion

The Academic Promotions Round for 2022/23 is open for applications until 31 January 2023.

 The annual Academic Promotion process provides academic staff with an opportunity to progress in their careers within Queen Mary.  The expectation for successful progression is that the applicant provides evidence of their contribution to the university, in line with our 2030 Strategy and Values, at the level for which they are applying. The aim is for Queen Mary to be a truly inclusive University where everyone has the support and opportunity to build their careers.

Documents for the 2022/23 Academic Promotions round are provided below:

Application Form - Academic Promotion Application Form 2023 [DOC 97KB]

Guidelines - Academic Promotion Guidelines 2023 [PDF 370KB]

Academic Careers Framework- Academic Careers Framework 2022 [PDF 18,424KB]

Personal Circumstances Form - Academic Promotions Personal Circumstances Form 2023 [DOC 83KB]

School and Institute Promotion Group meeting pro forma- School and Institute Promotion Group meeting pro forma [DOC 21KB]

The application form must be emailed to your Head of School/Institute Director by 31 January 2023. 

Heads of School/Institute Directors will then complete the Head/Director statement on the application and email this to the HR Reward & Benefits Administrator,, by 12 April 2023.

The full timetable is shown below:


Announcement of the Academic Promotions round via e-bulletin

Wednesday 14 December 2022

Briefing sessions for applicants and Heads/Directors January

Discussion of application with Head of School / Institute Director

December / January

Opening of application submission

03 January 2023

Application for Promotion document to be emailed to Head of School / Institute Director

Submission of Personal Circumstances Form (if applicable) to HR

31 January 2023

Personal Circumstances Panel

By end-February 2023

School/Institute Promotion Group panel meetings

By end-March 2023 

Head of School / Institute Director to complete statement on each Application and email the Application documents to Human Resources

By 12 April 2023

Submissions discussed at Faculty Panels

By end-May 2023

Email to all applicants informing them of whether their application will be subject to further consideration by Queen Mary

Early June 2023

The time between Faculty Panels and Academic Promotions Group will be used to seek expert opinions for applications for Professor and Reader who will be subject to further consideration.

Academic Promotions Group

By end-July 2023

Decisions and new salaries communicated, with promotions effective August 2023

By end-August 2023

The 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 (currently a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader);
  • have one years' continuous employment on 31 December 2022;
  • have successfully completed the previous academic year’s annual appraisal/probationary review.

Academic Promotion Faculty Briefings have been arranged as followed:

Science & Engineering (S&E): Monday 19 December 2022 14.00 - 15.30

Medicine & Dentistry (FMD): Wednesday 04 January 2023 11.30-12.30

Humanities & Social Sciences (H&SS): Wednesday 11 January 2023 10.00 - 11.00

You may book a place on the sessions using the CPD course booking system which can be accessed via the Professional Development website. The sessions have been set up as code PD209. Please note that if you have not used this system before you will need to create an account. You can email if you need any help with this.

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 or Deputy Vice-Principal and some information given may be specific to the relevant academic disciplines. 

Recordings of the briefing sessions from this year are also available at the links below if you are unable to attend one of the sessions.

S&E Academic Promotions Briefing 19 Dec 2022

FMD Academic Promotions Briefing 04 Jan 2023

HSS Academic Promotions Briefing 11 Jan 2023

The slide deck for the Academic Promotions Briefings is attached below:

Academic Promotions Round 2023 Faculty Briefing [PPT 489KB]

We have also put together some Mentoring guidelines for those seeking academic career progression. Mentoring can support academic colleagues to progress their careers, by asking a more senior colleague to provide advice and act as a sounding board and role model. This guide, available below, provides some tips for mentees and mentors to get the most out of this relationship.

Mentoring for academic career progression [PDF 716KB]

In accordance with the Academic Promotions Guidelines, the Equality Diversity & Inclusion summary for the 2022 Academic Promotions Round can be viewed in the below document.

Academic Promotions EDI Summary Report 2022 [PDF 370KB]

Any advice regarding your readiness to apply for promotion should be sought from your manager. The Reward and Benefits team, , can be contacted with any queries with regards to the academic promotions process. 

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