Promotion to Senior Research Fellow
Use this guide to help you understand the criteria and steps to take to apply for promotion to Senior Research Fellow
When to apply
Your Head of Department/(Dean for School of Management) will invite submissions for promotion from eligible staff normally twice a year.
Cases are considered by Academic Staff Committee (ASC) in November and April.
How to apply
Candidates for promotion to Senior Research Fellow are expected to demonstrate:
successful performance in Research and Scholarship that would be characteristic of a research focussed Senior Lecturer
significant contributions to the management and leadership of research and
a volume of contribution in Research and Scholarship significantly higher than that for a Senior Lecturer
Contributions to Teaching and/or Management and Leadership should be provided as context for the case.
If you believe you meet the criteria, complete the application form and submit this and the supporting documentation to your Head of Department (Dean for School of Management). Please ensure that the Pure Research Activity Report is used to populate the 'Research' section of your application form.
What happens next
Your Head of Department (Dean for School of Management) will consult senior staff within the Department/School to assess the level of support for the applications.
If your Head of Department (Dean for School of Management) supports your application they will complete the Head of Department/Division promotion application assessment form and submit your application form to Human Resources along with:
the Head of Department/Division promotion application assessment form
a supporting statement from another senior member of the Department/Division
the names and details of at least three independent referees as recommended by the Head of Department/Division (included within the application assessment form)
Human Resources will contact the referees to request an opinion on your application.
Once Human Resources have received all the references they will provide the complete case and Head of Department/Division promotion application assessment form to the Dean for their comment
Considering your case
Your Head of Department (Dean for School of Management) will present your case for promotion to ASC and answer questions about your application. ASC will decide whether to:
confirm the promotion
decline the promotion
interview you before making a decision
Your Head of Department (Dean for School of Management) will be notified of the outcome immediately after the ASC meeting and they will let you know the decision. You will be formally notified of the outcome within two weeks of the ASC meeting.
Promotion will take effect from the first day of the month following the ASC meeting. If a case for promotion is not supported either by the Department or by ASC, your Head of Department/Division will arrange for a Personal Action Plan to be developed.
This web page provides a summary only and should be read in conjunction with the Career Progression in the Education and Research Job Family: principles and framework document.
Deadlines for completed applications
The deadlines below are for completed applications, supporting documentation and the Head of Department/Division assessment form to be submitted to HR.
November 2017 promotions round
- Deadline: 19 September 2017
- Meeting: 28-29 November 2017
April 2018 promotions round
- Deadline: 13 February 2018
- Meeting: 24-25 April 2018