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Academic Promotion and Award of Title 2020


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 Strategy 2020, particularly our objective to grow our academic reputation.


We are now inviting 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. As has been the case with the last four promotions rounds, there is no cap on the number of promotions and award of titles which can be awarded.


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, line manager and 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 30 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 should also attend one of the seven Applicant Briefings which are being held on all 3 campuses (details below). These briefings will provide essential information about this year’s application process as well as insights from previous promotion rounds on what makes a successful application. Ideally try to attend the session for your own School but if you can’t make it don’t worry – all six briefings will provide the same information. If you can’t attend any of the sessions listed below please contact the promotions team and we will arrange to meet with you.


Dates may be subject to change, please consult this webpage for any updates.


School of Applied Sciences – 11am to 12pm | Wed 5 February | 3.D.12 | Sighthill​

School of Arts & Creative Industries – 3.30pm to 4.30pm | Tue 11 February | E9 | Merchiston
School of Health & Social Care – 2pm to 3pm | Wed 12 February | 5.B.16 | Sighthill
Business School – 1pm to 2pm | Tue 25 February | 2/04 | Craiglockhart
School of Engineering & the Built Environment – 2:15pm to 3:15pm | Thu 27 February | F14 | Merchiston
School of Computing – 11am to 12pm | Thursday 27 February | F14 | Merchiston
All Schools – 12pm - 1pm | Wed 4 March | Room 2/07 | Craiglockhart​


School of Applied Sciences (additional session) – 12.30pm to 1.30pm | Fri 14 February | 2.B.32 | Sighthill​ 




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.  It’s first come, first served, so contact Lindsay or Stuart to book your session.

Advice on how to prepare your Worktribe profile is available here.


Preparing and submitting your application


Applications for both promotion and award of title will be assessed against the Ac​ademic Appointment and Promotions Framework​. 


The Guidance for Applicants document provides full details of the application paperwork as well as the process and timelines for submission. If you have any questions please contact the promotions team.


The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, 4 May. Please send all your application documents by email to promotion_award@napier.ac.uk. Printed hard copies are no longer required.


Assessment process


Applications will be considered 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 16 June 2020.


Applicant feedback


Within 14 days of the panel meeting, applicants will receive an outcome letter and written feedback from the panel. They will also be offered a face to face meeting with a panel member and their Dean of School.






Academic Appointments & Promotions Framework​

Application form

Guidance for Applicants​​​

Short form CV template

Statement of supp​ort from the Dean of School​​