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Academic Career Pathways (Research and Teaching)


  • For each annual ACP R&T round, Faculty Boards will review and nominate the membership of their FC and seek approval from the relevant Council of the School. The FC Chair will be nominated from among those members.
  • Each School has a SC, the membership of which will be approved by the relevant Council of the School and will include the Head of School. The Council of each School will also nominate a Chair from an institution independent of that School and a member external to the University, who will be a distinguished academic, for appointment by the GB. 
  • The membership of both the FCs and SCs should comprise:
    i) a minimum of five members and normally not more than nine members, who will be normally be at professorial level and will be chosen to cover the range of disciplines covered by the committee; and

    ii) a professorial member of staff in an appropriate subject area who is independent of the institutions covered by that committee.

  • Members of the FC and SC will normally serve for a three-year term and no member may serve for more than two consecutive terms of three years (i.e., members may serve on a committee for a maximum of six years). 
  • VCC membership comprises: The Vice-Chancellor (Chair), the Chair and external member of each SC and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for staff.  Other attendees at the meeting include the Director of Human Resources (Secretary) and the Academic Secretary (Secretary of the GB).
  • The full membership of the promotions committees will be published in the Reporter in the Michaelmas Term.
  • Committee members must be Professors (Grade 12) or of professorial standing[1]
  • There is no age disqualification for membership.
  • The gender balance of each Committee should be as close to 50% men and 50% women as reasonably possible and should normally include a minimum of two members of each gender.  Consideration should be given to the racial and ethnic diversity of the committees. The Secretary of each School Committee should check with each external member how they wish their gender and race to be described.  A report will be provided centrally of the gender, race and ethnic origin of Committee members.
  • University members of promotions committees are expected to undertake relevant training in equality and diversity matters as specified by the Human Resources Division on behalf of the General Board. 
  • All members of promotions committees are responsible for ensuring that the assessment of applications is conducted fairly and transparently and complies with the Scheme’s Key Principles.  Any member can challenge the process at any time if they consider that this is not the case by raising this with Chair of the relevant Committee.
  • Meetings should be arranged so that, if possible, all members can attend. The quorum for all Committees is two-thirds of the membership, subject to a minimum of four members. Decisions should be made with the concurrence of the majority of members attending the meeting.
  • Meetings may be held in person or via a videoconferencing platform.
  • All members should be aware that:
    i) a systematic approach in forming a view of an application is desirable; 
    ii) the process of evaluation is a collective activity with all decisions made collectively. 
    iii) If a member is unable to be present at the meeting, they may provide a written statement of their assessment of the applications. However, as written views cannot be challenged by other members, they should be accorded less weight than those openly discussed in the meeting;
    iv) If all members agree immediately on the same overall assessment, this can be accepted without discussion. Differences in individual members’ evaluations should be discussed and a consensus reached. 
  • Members who are on sabbatical leave must seek permission to attend meetings held during their period of leave through the Lead HR Business Partner.
  • There should be no overlap in the membership of these committees in any exercise.  Therefore, it is recommended that the SC membership is determined before that of the FC. 


[1] Exceptionally, permission may be given in certain circumstances for non-professorial members to be appointed.  If this is considered necessary, advice should be sought from the relevant HR Schools Team.