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Promotion to a Readership is based on an outstanding contribution to research, scholarship and/or knowledge exchange and will normally reflect progression towards the professorial grade. Candidates are expected to have produced a body of peer-reviewed publications or equivalent high-level outputs that have made a substantial contribution to their field of work and/or professional practice. They will have an externally-recognised national and an emerging international reputation for research and scholarship, and/or knowledge exchange.Candidates are also expected to be able to show evidence of a strong record in teaching, administration and managerial responsibilities at the department, faculty or university level.
Externally-recognised national and an emerging international reputation for research and scholarship, and/or knowledge exchange.
A body of high-quality peer reviewed publications (or equivalent outputs where the knowledge exchange pathway is prioritised) that demonstrate a substantial contribution to the field or work and/or professional practice.
Developing recognition for impact in terms of reach and significance beyond the University.
A clear and sustainable programme of research and/or knowledge exchange work for the next three to five years.
A successful record of securing significant peer-reviewed research funding and/or funding support for outputs leading to knowledge exchange.
A record of good teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
A record of supervising PhD students through to successful completion.
Contributions to innovations in teaching and learning.
Mentoring less experienced staff.
Evidence of contributions to faculty or department functions, e.g. chairing examination committees, subject coordination, postgraduate tutor, or co-ordinating materials for internal and external reviews.
Research and/or knowledge exchange
Activities relating to departmental/faculty management and administration
Contributing to the overall management of the department and contributing to departmental level strategic planning.
Applications for initial promotion to Reader, and for subsequent promotion to the higher levels, will be invited annually, normally in October, with a closing date in January. Potential applicants should contact their faculty to confirm the faculty closing date for applications. Applications should be submitted to the faculty, who will forward the whole application, including the critical appraisal from the PVC/Dean to firstname.lastname@example.org by the central deadline.
Applicants are required to provide a CV in the specified format and to adhere to the stated limits on the length of applications. Alternative formats are not acceptable. The CV should be accompanied by a covering letter from the applicant summarising the case for promotion and indicating the grade to which promotion is sought. Additionally, the PVC Dean of the Faculty should provide written assessment of the application.
Applicants are asked to suggest the names and contact details of three external referees who should be fully independent and clear authorities in the field of work concerned; and who should not be existing or former colleagues, or peers with whom the candidate has worked closely.
Applications will be assessed initially by the committee at a meeting normally held in February. For those where a prima facie case is judged to have been made, external references will be sought to inform a final decision that will be taken at the following meeting.
For applications that are progressing to references, HR will contact the three referees suggested by the candidate. At least three independent external references will usually be required. The committee will have discretion to approach any of the referees suggested by the candidate, or to identify others as appropriate.
At the meeting in July, the committee will normally reach a decision on the basis of the application documentation and the references that are received.
Candidates will receive a letter after the meeting in February and, if applicable, the meeting in July informing them of the progress of their application.
Each unsuccessful candidate will receive appropriate feedback about their application and the potential for re-submission. When re-applying candidates must submit a full application and not just address how they have responded to the feedback offered. Promotions will be backdated to 1st January before the meeting.