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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.  


Getting started


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. 


Applicant Briefings


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




Meeting link 

School of Health & Social Care 

13.30 – 14.30

Thur27th January 

School of Arts & Creative Industries 

12.00 – 13.00 

Tue 1st February 

School of Computing 

14.00 – 15.00 

Thurs 3rd February 

The Business School 

14.00 – 15.00 

Wed 9th February 

School of Applied Sciences 

13.30 – 14.30 

Thurs 10th February 

School of Engineering & the Built Environment 

Time changed to 16.00 – 17.00 

Tue 22nd February 

All Schools 

14.00 – 15.00 

Wed 16th February 

All Schools 

15.00 – 16.00 

Wed 2nd March 

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 promotion_award@napier.ac.uk. 

Assessment process


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. 


Applicant feedback


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 Fram​ework​

Guidance for Applicants​​ ​

Application form template​ 

Statement from the Dean of School template

Request for Mitigation Form​