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Academic promotion

Understand the various routes of academic promotion open to E&R staff.


The various routes for academic promotion open to staff can be found in the Career Progression in the Education & Research job family framework document.

Three main categories are used when assessing applications for promotion:

  • Teaching

  • Research and Scholarship

  • Management and Leadership

The evidence required for each category depends on the promotion route you are applying for.

Promotion routes

Select a promotion route for further guidance and to apply:

When you should submit your application to HR and when it will be considered by Academic Staff Committee can be found on our deadlines for academic promotion page.

Guidance for Heads of Department

Read the guidance for Heads of Department on academic promotions.

Principles of research assessment and management

The University has developed a set of principles outlining our approach to research assessment and management, including the responsible use of quantitative indicators. The assessment of academic promotion cases by Academic Staff Committee and its related Sub Groups will be made in accordance with these principles.

HEA Fellowship

Academic Staff Committee recognise that HEA Fellowship is a formal, UK-benchmarked professional award that requires the applicant to present evidence of their contribution to teaching and supporting learning in higher education. The particular status of Fellowship achieved (Associate Fellow (AFHEA), Fellow (FHEA), Senior Fellow (SFHEA) or Principal Fellow (PFHEA)) indicates the breadth and depth of this contribution as specified in the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

The University of Bath’s promotion criteria have been mapped to the UKPSF such that being an HEA Fellowship holder may be used as direct evidence for some of the teaching elements. Use the HEA Fellowship Mapping document to understand which criteria your Fellowship can provide sufficient direct evidence against.

Recent academic promotions

Find out about recent academic promotions.

Useful resources

This guide, related pages and the CPER document should be your first point of reference to understand more about the process, procedures and criteria for promotion. However, you might also find it helpful to refer to our academic promotion: useful information page to help answer questions you may have on individual topics.


If you have any questions, please contact us.

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