University of Bath

Promotion to Professor

Use this guide to help you understand the criteria and steps to take to apply for promotion to Professor

When to apply

Heads of Department (Dean of School of Management) will invite submissions for promotion from the eligible staff at least once a year. In addition applications can be made at any time of the year.

Cases put forward are initially considered by Professorial Advisory Committee which meets three times during the academic year.

How to apply

Candidates for promotion to Professor are expected to have made:

  • a major contribution in one of the three categories at an outstanding level, and

  • an effective contribution in one other category.

In exceptional cases, applications which are almost wholly on the basis of research will be considered.

Read the detailed promotion criteria.

If you believe you meet the criteria, you will need to complete the Curriculum Vitae and submit this and the supporting documentation to your Head of Department (Dean of School of Management).

As part of your supporting documentation you must include a metrics report. This can be provided by the Research Analytics Librarian who you will need to contact.

Next steps

Your Head of Department (Dean of School of Management) will consult senior staff within the Department on whether your submission for promotion is supported.

If your Head of Department (Dean of School of Management) supports your case they will submit it to Human Resources along with:

  • the Head of Department/Division assessment

  • the names and details of at least two independent referees as recommended by your Head of Department/Division. The suggested referees should not be from the University of Bath, and should normally be full professors, or of professorial standing. At least one must also be of international standing.

Human Resources will provide the complete case to the Dean for their comment. Once this is received it will be considered at the next Professorial Advisory Committee which will decide whether a prima facie case for promotion exists.

If a prima facie case is established, Human Resources will contact the referees by sending your full application and the criteria to seek an opinion on your performance and invite them to suggest the names of further referees. References will be sought from these additional contacts. Once at least six references are received, your case will be considered at the next Professorial Appointing Committee.

If a prima facie case is not established, you will be advised of this by your Head of Department (Dean of School of Management).

Considering your case

Professorial Appointing Committee will decide whether to:

  • confirm the promotion

  • decline the promotion

  • interview you before a decision is made.

Your Head of Department (Dean of School of Management) will be able to notify you of the outcome immediately after the Committee meeting.

Promotion will take effect from the 1st of the month following the Committee decision. If a case for promotion is not supported either by the Department or by Professorial Advisory or Professorial Appointing Committee, 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, a metrics report and the Head of Department/Division assessment form to be submitted to HR.

You must check with your Head of Department/Division or Department Coordinator for any internal deadlines.

October 2018 Professorial Advisory/Appointing Committee

  • Deadline for completed applications: 25 September 2018

  • Date of meeting: 1 November 2018 (changed from 30 October)

The dates for the second and third professorial promotions rounds are yet to be agreed and will be communicated to all as soon as possible.