University of Bath

Promotion/Translation to Reader

Use this guide to help you understand the criteria and steps to take to apply for promotion/translation to Reader

When to apply

For promotion to Reader: Heads of Department (Dean for School of Management) will invite submissions for promotion from eligible staff normally twice a year. Cases put forward by the Department are considered by Academic Staff Committee (ASC) in November and May.

For translation to Reader: this can happen at any time of the year and be considered at any ASC meeting.

The application process is the same for both routes.

How to apply

Candidates for promotion/translation to Reader are expected to demonstrate:

  • evidence of sustained performance in Research and Scholarship, and

  • significant evidence of three or more of the criteria in Research and Scholarship at an outstanding level

Contributions to Teaching and/or Management and Leadership should be provided as context for the case. 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, 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

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 four 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 usually within two weeks of the ASC meeting.

Promotion will take effect from the 1st 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.

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

November 2018 promotions round

  • Deadline for completed applications: 25 September 2018

  • Date of ASC meeting: 27-28 November 2018

May 2019 promotions round

  • Deadline for completed applications: 6 March 2019

  • Date of ASC meeting: 8-9 May 2019

Applications for translation to Reader can be considered at any Academic Staff Committee meeting. See the dates of ASC meetings for the 2018/19 academic year.

If you are considering applying for translation to Reader outside of the regular promotions rounds, please contact the Academic Career Progression Team via to confirm the deadline for submitting a completed application to HR.