Promotion to Readerships

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.

Applications are considered by the Senior Academic Promotions Committee.

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

Promotion to reader: key criteria

  • 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.

Profile of academic activities and responsibilities for Readers

Research and/or knowledge exchange

  • A recognised national and emerging international reputation in the peer community, through a sustained programme of research and/or knowledge exchange activity.

  • Leading (or being Oxford Brookes lead on) large interdisciplinary/collaborative national or international peer reviewed funding bids, which develop and sustain research and/or knowledge exchange support in the area of specialism.

  • Initiating and developing collaborations with external bodies such as other educational and research institutions, industry and the commercial sector, NGOs and non-commercial organisations, and professional bodies.

  • Innovation in linking research, scholarship and knowledge exchange through for example consultancy, contract research, IP-generating and enterprise activities.

  • Contributing to the leadership of department research and/or knowledge exchange strategy.

  • Publishing research in top quality REF standard peer-reviewed outlets.

  • Giving invited papers to national and international audiences.

  • Membership of editorial boards of leading journals and other l disciplinary bodies.

  • Providing expert opinion and commentary to external audiences and bodies.


  • Teaching and examining undergraduate and masters level students.

  • Acting as an academic adviser and promoting the enhancement of the student experience.

  • Supervising to successful completion and examining PhD students.

  • Contributing to the monitoring and enhancement of quality in teaching within the department.

  • Developing programme and course proposals, shaping and influencing curriculum development and innovations in teaching practice.

  • Acting as a role model in research, knowledge exchange and teaching through excellent practice and strong collegial commitment.

  • Mentoring less experienced staff.

  • Contributing to the development of teams and individuals and provide advice on career development.

Activities relating to departmental/faculty management and administration

  • Contributing to the overall management of the department and contributing to departmental level strategic planning.

Application process

Candidates are required to provide:

  • 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)
  • a supporting statement outlining how they meet the criteria. This statement should not exceed one side of a sheet of A4 paper.
  • a critical appraisal from their Dean
  • names and addresses of 3 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 applicant has worked closely. The promotions committee will have discretion to approach any of the suggested referees, or to identify others, if appropriate.

These documents should be e-mailed to

Application timescale
Annual call for applications in On Stream.

Closing date for receipt of applications.

Note: Faculties may require prospective applicants to notify them of the intention to apply for promotion prior to the deadline. Please contact your Faculty to confirm internal deadlines before preparing an application.

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


Reviewed February 2018