Academic Promotion and Award of Title 2022
Academic promotion and award of title is a merit-based process which recognises and rewards the sustained performance and contribution of our academic staff. It is a key part of achieving our strategic objectives.
Each year we invite applications from academic staff at grade 6 and above for promotion as well as applications from grade 7 senior lecturers for award of title to Associate Professor. There is no cap on the number of promotions and award of titles which can be awarded.
Applicants should note that there is now a requirement to have a minimum of one year's service at Edinburgh Napier, prior to the closing date for applications.
Applications for the 2022 promotions and award of title process are now being invited. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 2 May.
If you are considering applying for promotion, the first thing you should do is talk to your Dean of School. An application for promotion will require a significant amount of effort and by talking to your Dean, as well as your line manager and other trusted mentors, you can make a realistic assessment of your readiness for promotion before investing a lot of time in preparing your application.
If you do decide to apply, please confirm this with the promotions team as early as possible.
Potential applicants are required to attend an applicant briefing. These provide essential information about the current year’s application process as well as insights from previous promotion rounds on what makes a successful application. Line managers and other staff supporting potential applicants are also encouraged to attend. Where possible potential applicants should try to attend the briefing for their own School but, if this not possible, they can attend any of the briefings listed below:
Applicant Briefing sessions (no registration required) - times and dates
Getting Ahead: Women in Academia and Research, Monday 28 February, 14.00-15.30
Women from senior academic positions will be sharing their experiences about challenges faced in their careers. Women who are considering applying for promotion are especially welcome, along with their supporters and allies, whatever their gender.
If you can’t attend any of the briefings above, please contact the promotions team and we will try to make alternative arrangements with you.
Your Worktribe profile is part of the application process so make sure it’s up to date. Lindsay Ramage (Head of Research Governance, RIE) runs regular Worktribe health checks and Stuart Lawson (Research Repository Advisor, Library) runs repository health checks for promotions applicants by request. Potential applicants should book time with Lindsay or Stuart well in advance of the closing date to make sure their Worktribe CV profiles are up to date and displaying correctly.
Further advice on how to prepare your Worktribe profile is available in the Guidance for Applicants – see list of documentation below.
Preparing and submitting your application
Applications for both promotion and award of title will be assessed against the Academic Appointments and Promotions Framework. The Guidance for Applicants document provides full details of the application process and links to the appropriate templates are listed at the foot of this page. If you have any additional questions, please contact the promotions team.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 2 May. Please send all your application documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be assessed against the Academic Appointments and Promotions Framework by a panel made up of professors from Edinburgh Napier and other UK universities. The Panel is chaired by the Principal and is meeting on 16 June 2022.
Within 14 days of the panel meeting, applicants will receive an outcome letter and written feedback from the panel. Unsuccessful applicants will also be offered a face-to-face meeting with a panel member and their Dean of School.
Academic Appointments & Promotions Framework
Guidance for Applicants
Application form template
Statement from the Dean of School template
Request for Mitigation Form