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.
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).
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 here 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 here 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.
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