Promotion to Senior Lecturer

We are pleased to announce that the 2022/23 Lecturer to Senior Lecturer promotion cycle will be open for applications from 18 May 2023. The closing date for applications is 31 July 2023.

Please note that local deadlines for the submission of applications to Heads of Department may also apply.   

If you have any queries contact Jess McGinn, Reward and Progression Partner, via

Academic Progression - Senior Lecturer

Brookes are committed to supporting Academic staff at each stage of their career, as well as helping them to reach their full potential and achieve success in a chosen field. 

The Lecturer to Senior Lecturer progression pathway is an important step in the Academic Promotions journey that:

  • Recognises performance, achievements and contributions to Brookes.
  • Offers further responsibility and personal development opportunities;
  • Provides the basis for future progression to senior Academic roles.


If you would like to apply for a promotion to Senior Lecturer, please ensure that you meet the following criteria:

  • Employed as a Lecturer at Brookes for at least 12 months (from your employment start date in this position).

  • Your last performance development review (PDR) was successful.

Staff will also need to have either completed or made appropriate progress within the First Three Years/Explore programme.

The Promotions Process

Step 1 - Gathering feedback and information

We advise that in the first instance, all Lecturers considering submitting an application for promotion discuss this with their line manager.  

This will enable you to:

  • Seek feedback on performance
  • Gain ideas on how to approach an application
  • Discuss examples that may best evidence how you have contributed to the required activities. 
  • Reflect on the experience of others and how they have progressed through the promotions process at Brookes.

Seeking feedback more widely and exploring the experience of other Academic colleagues will also help you to develop an effective application. 

Our resources section below also provides further guidance to help you with career development, and the promotions process.

Step 2 - Completing the application form and supporting documents

Once you have gathered feedback, experience and potential examples that evidence your contribution, please complete the promotion application form.  

Please ensure that you address the required topics, detailed within the promotions guidance, and provide examples of your achievements. 

Please review and amend a copy of your CV to ensure that this evidences your experience and that:

  • It is no longer than 8 pages long.
  • A minimum of 10pt font is used. 
  • Normal margins are applied. 
  • Weblinks are not included. 

Please also review your Personal Research Plan to ensure that this is up to date.

Step 3 - Supporting Statements and Submission

Please ensure that you allow enough time for this step of the process. Faculty deadlines may also be applied to ensure applications are submitted prior to the closing date.  

Please ensure that all applications and supporting statements are submitted by 31 July 2023. 


Your application will be assessed by the Senior Lecturer Promotions panel, which consists of Academic and People Directorate colleagues.  

The panel will review the evidence provided and how this aligns with the Senior Lecturer role profile, along with the discussion topics.  The panel will then make a recommendation to the Vice Chancellor.

The Promotions Panel will meet in August to review applications and outcomes will be provided to applicants no later than 31 August 2023.    

Promotions to Senior Lecturer will be effective from 1 September 2023. 

You will be informed in writing of your new grade and salary, and changes to remuneration, along with title, will be actioned by our Employee Services team. 

If your application is unsuccessful, feedback will be provided. We also advise discussing feedback with your line manager and Head of Department, who will be able to support you with future applications.


This provides a structure for professional development and the key criteria/behaviours for successful performance.

A tool that can be used for self reflection, identifying career objectives and actions.

This can help you identify your career objectives, and further develop skills, knowledge and behaviours.

These webpages provide further information on Academic development.  


Requests for appeals must be made in writing and submitted to the Deputy Chief People Officer via, within 30 working days from the date of the outcome letter.  

The grounds for an appeal will then be assessed and a panel convened to review outcomes where appropriate.