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Annual Promotions for Research Only Staff


Due to the current UK government advice on Coronavirus the briefing on Wednesday 19 March will not go ahead.
If you would like individual advice or support please contact the promotions team.


As a signatory to the Concordat to support the career development of researchers, Edinburgh Napier recognises the importance of providing structured career progression opportunities for staff on research only contracts.


We are now inviting applications from research only staff at grade 4 and above for promotion. There is no cap on the number of promotions that 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 3 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. 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.


13:00 | Friday 6 March | Craiglockhart | 03/06
14:00 | Wednesday 11 March | Merchiston | E13
14:00 | Thursday 19 March | Sighthill | 6.B.16a


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 for promotions applicants by request. It’s first come, first served, so contact Lindsay 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 Promotions Framework for Researcher.


The Researchers Framework 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, 4th May. Please send all your application documents by email to promotion_award@napier.ac.uk.


Assessment process
The Promotions Panel considers applications; the panel consists of professors from Edinburgh Napier and other UK universities. The Panel is meeting on 16 June 2020 is chaired by the Principal.


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




Promotions Framework for Researchers
Application form for researchers
Promotions Framework for Researchers – Guidance for Applicants
Short form CV template for Researchers
Statement of support from the Dean of School
Worktribe CV