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 May.
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.
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). The suggested referees should not be from the University of Bath, and should normally be full professors, or of professorial standing.
HR will contact the referees by sending your full application and the criteria to request an opinion on your performance.
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. For more information on starting salaries for successful promotions, please refer to the University guidance.
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
We would encourage you to always refer first to this academic promotion guide page, related pages and the CPER document to understand more about the process, procedures and criteria however, you might also find it helpful to refer to our frequently asked questions page on academic promotion on individual topics.