Promotion to Principal Lecturer Education and Student Experience

Promotion to Principal Lecturer Education and Student Experience is based on an outstanding contribution to teaching, learning and/or assessment and will normally reflect progression towards the professorial grade via the Student Experience pathway. 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.

Applications are considered by the Senior Academic Promotions Committee.

It should be noted that there is no longer a workload allocation automatically linked to this promotion. As with promotion to Readership, the promotion (to Grade 12) is purely a recognition of the valuable contribution made by an individual with respect to the student experience. It should be noted too that this promotion is distinct from that of ‘Principal Lecturer’ which relates more to academic leadership and management at a programme level.

Promotion to Principal Lecturer Education and Student Experience: key criteria

[The criteria should form sub-headings in your annotated CV under which you provide evidence which demonstrates how you meet that criteria.]

  1. Excellent teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level, which is leading edge and relevant to contemporary contexts.
  2. Substantial contribution to successful innovation in teaching and learning.
  3. Significant contribution to the enhancement of the higher education student experience beyond their immediate subject area, across the University, or in the wider higher education sector.
  4. Published scholarship/research in aspects of higher education teaching and learning and the student experience.
  5. Active and inspiring participation in activities for enhancing the student experience, which develops others.
  6. A clear and sustainable programme of teaching development and your related own professional development for the next three to five years.
  7. Candidates are expected to enable the development of teaching practice and scholarship of others at Oxford Brookes by engaging with the EXPLORE CPD framework and the work of the Brookes’ teaching and learning community.
  8. Successful completion of a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

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

Key Criteria 1: Reputation as an excellent teacher e.g. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 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.

Key Criteria 2: Evidence of innovative teaching and learning practices e.g. integration of technology enhanced learning, successful activities which involve students as partners in their learning, contribution to student support. Evaluations of the impact of innovations e.g. analysis of student attainment, analysis of student feedback, external examiner feedback, peer observation, evaluation reports, programme and faculty annual reviewers, action research.

Key Criteria 3: A significant contribution to the learning and assessment process e.g. curriculum development, embedding inclusive practices, programme redesign to improve assessment practices or develop employability, and assessment and evaluations of this contribution. 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 inspired teaching or involving students in undergraduate research, and its impact on departmental, disciplinary or institutional practices.

Key Criteria 4: Pedagogic scholarship/research, as demonstrated by publications and citations, editorial board membership, journal reviewing, conference presentations and key-note invitations. Success in securing funding for teaching and learning developments/innovations or pedagogic research. 

Key Criteria 5: 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.

Key Criteria 6: A teaching and learning development plan (which relates to your own professional development) for the next three years which outlines your intended contribution to the enhancement of the student experience.

Key Criteria 7: Details and evidence of engagement with the EXPLORE CPD framework and the work of the Brookes teaching and learning community.

Key Criteria 8: Details of qualifications attained and evidence of completion and award of Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Application Process

Candidates are required to provide:

1. A full annotated CV, demonstrating how the above criteria are met (maximum of 10 pages long in minimum of 11pt font with normal margins and no web links). The CV should include: 

Current appointment
Education and professional qualifications
Previous appointments
Membership of professional bodies

2. A supporting statement which sets out the case for promotion in a summary form (maximum of one side A4 in minimum of 11pt font with normal margins and no web links).

3. A critical appraisal from the Pro Vice-Chancellor 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 TimetableDate
Annual call for applications in Staff UpdateSemester one
Closing date for receipt of applicationsFebruary
The Senior Academic Promotions Committee meets to review applications and to decide whether to proceed to go to referees.March 
The Senior Academic Promotions Committee makes promotion decisions based on the applications and referees' reports.July 
Promotions take effect from 1 January.

January 2024