Promotion to Principal Lecturer Student Experience

Promotion to Principal Lecturer Student Experience is based on an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning and/or academic leadership and will normally reflect progression towards the professorial grade. Candidates are expected to have led excellent or innovative practices that have made a substantial contribution to the student learning experience within their field of work or professional practice. They will have developing recognition for impact in terms of reach and significance beyond their department or discipline. Candidates are also expected to be able to show evidence of a strong record in research, administration, and managerial responsibilities at the department, faculty or university level.

Applications are considered by the Senior Academic Promotions Committee.

Promotion to Principal Lecturer: key criteria

  1. Excellent teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level, which is leading edge and relevant to contemporary contexts.
  2. Substantial and sustained contribution to successful innovation in teaching and learning.
  3. Significant contribution to the enhancement of the higher education student experience within the Faculty, University, or the wider higher education sector.
  4. Contribution to the leadership of themes within the Strategy for Enhancing the Student Experience.
  5. Scholarship/research in aspects of higher education teaching and learning and the student experience.
  6. Active and inspiring participation in activities for enhancing the student experience, which develops others.
  7. A clear and sustainable programme of teaching development and your related own professional development for the next three to five years.
  8. Successful and sustained mentoring/supporting of less experienced staff in development of teaching and learning practice.
  9. Successful completion of a higher education teaching qualification and/or a Senior fellowship of the HEA.
  10. Demonstrable expertise in teaching across a range of higher education levels.
  11. Evidence of positive contributions to faculty or department functions

In determining whether the criteria are met, the panel will look for evidence of the impact of your contribution, which could include:

  • Reputation as an excellent teacher and academic leader e.g. Brookes Teaching Fellowship Excellence and Innovation Award, Student Led Teaching Award, advising for other universities, external examining, external validation panel member, invited workshops/course, consultancy, guest speaker invitations, organisation of conferences, seminars and workshops on topics related to the student experience, contribution to policy, procedures or practice for sector bodies or university committees.
  • Evaluations of the impact of innovations e.g. analysis of student attainment, analysis of student feedback, external examiner feedback, evaluation reports, programme and faculty annual reviewers, action research.
  • A significant contribution to the learning and assessment process e.g. curriculum development, integration of learning technologies, embedding inclusive practices, programme redesign to improve assessment practices or develop employability, and assessment and evaluations of this contribution.
  • Contributing to the leadership of teaching and learning development e.g. PETAL themes, preparations for periodic review, programme development teams, faculty projects, membership of project steering groups, leadership positions in professional bodies related to the student experience or national special interest groups.
  • Pedagogic research, as demonstrated by publications and citations, editorial board membership, journal reviewing. Success in securing funding for teaching and learning developments/innovations or pedagogic research.
  • Scholarship as demonstrated by dissemination of small scale practitioner research and case studies of practice, engaging in a community of scholarly teachers, leading innovations and enhancements which are informed by relevant literature, research informed teaching or involving students in undergraduate research, and its impact on departmental, disciplinary or institutional practices.
  • Mentoring and supporting less experienced staff in the development of their teaching and learning practice e.g. running staff development workshops, developing and using coaching skills, supporting Associate Lecturers or colleagues in ACPs, running writing groups. Introducing procedures which support less experienced staff e.g. assessment calibrations, peer observation.
  • Demonstrable expertise in teaching across a range of higher levels e.g. numbers of higher degree students under supervision; success rates in higher degree completions and quality of submissions; contribution to department/faculty postgraduate teaching and preparation programmes; mentoring of postgraduate students; peer recognition of contributions to postgraduate education.
  • Evidence of positive contributions to department and/or faculty functions e.g. subject co-ordinator, periodic review, chairing examination committees, coordinating materials for external reviews, external liaison with partner organisations, organising seminars or conferences.

Application Support

Academic Promotions Roadshow: download the presentation on the Brookes' academic structure and tips for making an application (PPT 1.43MB).

Application Process

Candidates are required to provide:

  1. A full CV, demonstrating how the above criteria are met (maximum of 10 pages long in minimum of 10pt font with normal margins and no weblinks).
  2. A supporting statement which sets out the case for promotion in a summary form (maximum of one side A4).
  3. A critical appraisal from the Dean or Director
  4. The names and addresses of three external referees.  The referees should be individuals who can make an objective and well-informed assessment of the candidate’s contribution to enhancing the student experience. The promotions committee will have discretion to approach any of the suggested referees, or to identify others if appropriate.
  5. These documents should be emailed to


Application Timetable


Annual call for applications in Onstream


Closing date for receipt of applications


The Senior Academic Promotions Committee meets to review applications and to decide whether to proceed to go to referees.


The Senior Academic Promotions Committee makes promotion decisions based on the applications and referees' reports.


Promotions take effect from 1 January.


June 2017