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Academic promotion

Understand the various routes of academic promotion open to staff.


2020/21 Applications

As you are aware, due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, the University will need to reconsider some of its essential operations in the coming months, the academic promotions process being one.

It has therefore been agreed that there will be a temporary suspension on all academic promotion applications until further notice to determine how they will be managed in the new academic year.

This means that any applications currently out to external referees will not be considered at the June Academic Staff Committee meeting and any further applications will not be accepted until further notice.

Updates on decisions made with regards to the 2020/21 promotions rounds will be communicated on this web page as well as to your Head of Department/Division.

We thank you for your understanding and patience at this time and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.


The various routes for academic promotion open to staff can be found in the Career Progression framework document both as an overview and the full 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

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 its 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.

Recent academic promotions

Find out about recent academic promotions.