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 substantial 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 established an emerging international reputation through significant contributions to their discipline. 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 substantial body of high-quality peer reviewed publications or equivalent outputs where the knowledge exchange pathway is prioritised.
  • 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.
  • Successful supervision of PhD students.
  • 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 co-ordination, or co-ordinating materials for internal and external reviews.

Profile of academic activities and responsibilities for readers

Research and/or knowledge exchange

  • A national and developing international recognition in the peer community, through a sustained programme of research and/or knowledge exchange activity.
  • Leading peer reviewed funding bids which develop and sustain research and/or knowledge exchange support in the area of specialism.
  • Initiating and developing links with external contacts such as other educational institutions, employers and professional bodies to foster collaboration.
  • Innovation in linking research, scholarship and knowledge exchange through, e.g. consultancies and enterprise activities.
  • Contributing to the leadership of department research and/or knowledge exchange strategy.
  • Publishing research in top quality REF standard international peer-reviewed outlets.
  • Giving invited papers to national and international audiences.
  • Charing and membership of boards of international journals and other international 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 student experience.
  • Supervising 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.

Christmas closure
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


Updated June 2017