Academic Promotions

At Ulster University we seek to create a culture that enables and supports our academic staff to develop their careers, optimise their potential and fully achieve their ambitions.


At Ulster University we seek to create a culture that enables and supports our academic staff to develop their careers, optimise their potential and fully achieve their ambitions.

Academic promotions are intended to recognise the personal growth of an individual and set expectations for their future performance.

One of the key principles that underpins academic promotions is that, as a member of academic staff develops their skills, experience, expertise and esteem their role will grow with them.

Promotion is a formal recognition of growth and development to date which sets expectations for future performance. It is not a reward for what a person has done in the past.

The academic promotion scheme is firmly rooted in our principles on Academic Excellence and is closely aligned with the delivery of the Five and Fifty strategic plan.

Academic Promotions Criteria Document 2019/20


Academic Promotion Criteria


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From the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)

"The University wishes to enable and support our academic staff to develop their careers, optimise their potential and fully achieve their ambitions. We aim to put in place an academic promotion scheme which truly recognises and rewards the contribution of academic staff to the achievement of our objectives."

“The input of our staff, through the Campus Conversations, to the academic promotions review has been invaluable in helping to inform and shape the direction of a draft redesigned scheme that we trust better reflects the impact of academic careers.”

Professor Paul Bartholomew- Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)