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Academic Promotion and Award of Title 2021

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.  

Applications for the 2021 promotions and award of title process are now being invited. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 3 May 2021. 


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 you must confirm this with the promotions team as early as possible and not later than 26 March so we can arrange to have your Worktribe CV extracted by RIO and checked by you in plenty of time for the closing date (see below for further information on Worktribe). 


Applicant Briefings


Potential candidates 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

Area                                               Times                     Date                    How to join the session 

Business School                               16.00 – 17.00       Tuesday 26 January         Invitation will be sent by J. Vaughan   

School of Arts & Creative Industries   11.30 – 12.30       Tuesday 2 February          Click he​re​ to join the session

School of Health & Social Care           14.00 – 15.00       Tuesday 2 February         Click here ​to join the session 

School of Applied Sciences                14.30 – 15.30       Wednesday 3 February     Click here to join the session 

School of Computing                        14.00 – 15.00       Monday 8 February          Click h​ere to join the session 

School of Eng & Built Environment     14.00 – 15.00       Tuesday 9 February         Click here ​to join the session 

All Schools                                       15.00 – 16.00       Wednesday 17 February  Click here to join the session 

All Schools                                       14.00 – 15.00       Wednesday 3 March        Click here ​to join the session

If you can’t attend any of the briefings above contact the promotions team at promotion_award@napier.ac.uk​ and we will make alternative arrangements with you. 




Your Worktribe profile is part of the application process so make sure it’s up to date. Lindsay Ramage (Research Information Management, RIO) runs regular worktribe health checks and Stuart Lawson (Research Repository Advisor) 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 here.


Preparing and submitting your application

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 questions, please contact the promotions team.  

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 3 May. Please send all your application documents by email to promotion_award@napier.ac.uk. 

Assessment process


Applications for both promotion and award of title will be assessed against the Academic Appointments and Promotions Framework by the Promotions and Award of Title Panel made up of professors from Edinburgh Napier and other UK universities. The Panel is chaired by the Principal and is meeting on 14 June 2021. 


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 Framework 

Guidance for Applicants ​

Application form template​ 

Short form CV template 

Statement from the Dean of School template​