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Academic Career Pathways (Research and Teaching)

All the pathways within the ACP R&T scheme operate under a three-stage Committee process:

  1. Faculty Committee (FC)
  2. School Committee (SC)
  3. Vice-Chancellor’s Committee (VCC). 

Further information about the committees and their role can be found below.


Faculty and School Committees
School Committee Faculty Committees
Arts and Humanities Combined Faculty Committee One: Architecture and History of Art, English, Music, Philosophy and Divinity
Combined Faculty Committee Two: Classics, Modern and Medieval Languages and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Biological Sciences Biology and Veterinary Medicine
Clinical Medicine Clinical Medicine
Humanities and Social Sciences Economics
Human, Social, and Political Sciences and the Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Law, Land Economy and Criminology
Physical Sciences Earth Sciences and Geography
Physics and Chemistry
Technology Business and Management
Computer Science and Technology
Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
The Roles of the Committees
Committee Name Committee Role
Faculty Committee (FC)
  • Advises the Chair and Secretary (by circulation) in deciding actions to take before the meeting, including nominating referees.
  • Reviews applications, ensuring there is a complete set of documentation for each applicant.
  • Considers each application at the meeting, evaluating, banding and scoring the candidate’s Research contribution objectively against the evaluative criteria and recording collective decisions against the Assessment Criteria, using the full range of scores in order to indicate the relative strength of each application.
  • Makes an indicative assessment of the applicant’s Teaching/Researcher Development and Service to the University and the academic community.
  • Decides whether each case meets the criteria across the three areas: Research, Teaching/Researcher Development and Service, in accordance with the Assessment Criteria, confirming its assessment to the SC.
  • Provides recommendations to the SC, placing applications for each academic office in a ranked list of priority.
  • Advises the respective Lead HR Business Partner (as Secretary of the relevant SC) that documentation is complete and can be provided to the SC via the online portal.
School Committee (SC)
  • Reviews the Research and research leadership evaluation and score for each applicant from the FCs, making changes it believes are necessary to ensure that they have been applied consistently between candidates and across FCs.
  • Assesses and scores each applicant against the Teaching/Researcher Development and Service to the University and the academic community criteria, taking account of the indicative evaluation and recommendations of the FC.
  • Records all decisions made against the relevant Assessment Criteria and School/Institution-specific Indicators of Excellence.
  • Decides which applicants meet the required standard of excellence and should receive promotion/progression, producing a rank order of total scores for each academic office.
  • Agrees a Feedback statement for each applicant to be provided at their feedback meeting with their Head of Institution.
  • Advises the Secretary of the VCC that documentation is complete and can be provided to the VCC via the online portal.
Vice-Chancellor's Committee (VCC)
  • Moderates between the School Committees to ensure that a consistent standard has been achieved. The VCC receives the rank order of applicants for each academic office and considers the documentary evidence for applicants, deciding whether any adjustments in evaluation are necessary.
  • Identifies any particular case(s) where the SC reached a different conclusion from the FC and any cases in which non-standard aspects have caused difficulty.
  • Make recommendations to the General Board concerning applicants that should receive promotion/progression for each academic office.  The General Board receives these recommendations, confirms the outcomes of Associate Professor (Grade 10) applications and provides a Report to the University recommending the establishment of Professorships (Grades 11 and 12) and Clinical Professorships, for its approval.