Criteria for Professorships

Applications for promotion to Professor must be made against the criteria for one of the five pathways. The pathways to professorial promotion all recognise achievement of the highest distinction and are based on achievements and on an expectation of a continuing contribution in the area for which the title is awarded.

The five pathways are:

  1. Research

  2. Teaching, learning and assessment

  3. Enterprise and knowledge exchange

  4. Professional achievement

  5. Academic leadership

Successful candidates are expected to exercise the following generic responsibilities in the professorial role:

  • To teach students using appropriate instruction methods such as lectures, tutorials, seminars and other formal pedagogic work, and to contribute to the enhancement of the student experience.

  • To supervise student projects and dissertations at UG and PGT levels.

  • To supervise students engaged in higher degree work by research.

  • To mentor and support the development of less experienced colleagues in pursuing their own research careers.

  • To mark and assess student work.

  • To undertake curriculum development work including identification of consumer requirements, planning, development and evaluation of courses and course materials, and supervise course provision.

  • To care for the pastoral needs of students including counselling, welfare and guidance.

  • To manage and administer education processes including the administration and management of education and training programmes and publicity and public relations work.

  • To participate in the administrative processes of the University including committee membership, quality assurance procedures, recruitment and admissions.

  • To represent the University on or to appropriate external bodies.

  • To undertake research and to publish high quality articles or other appropriate outputs in recognised academic and professional journals or other relevant media, to write and/or contribute to books and monographs.

  • To contribute to their discipline nationally and internationally through participation in conferences,seminars, peer review and editorial processes.

  • To participate in staff development and appraisal processes and in-service training.

  • To contribute to income generation activities, for example through successful bidding for research grants or knowledge exchange activities.

  • To provide academic leadership in the discipline and/or the teaching of a discipline or the related professional practice.

Professorships are not automatically associated with specific managerial and/or administrative responsibilities. By virtue of their status, Professors are expected to make a major contribution to the development and implementation of the Department/School’s and University’s academic activities. Their specific contribution will be defined by, and agreed with, the Dean of Faculty in consultation with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Global Partnerships) through the personal development and review procedure.

Application timetable


Annual call for applications in Onstream


Closing date. Applications and all supporting information to be sent to


Senior Academic Promotions Committee meets to review applications and to decide whether to proceed to references


Senior Academic Promotions Committee meets to review references received


Promotions take retrospective effect from 1 September

Conferment of the title of Visting Professor and Professor Emeritus

Requests from faculties to confer title should be made to the Senior Academic Promotions Committee, which normally meets in October, February and July each year.

Appointment of Visiting Fellows

Faculties should seek approval for the appointment of Visiting Fellows from the University RKE Committee.


Updated February 2018