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


Preparing for Promotion Workshop June 2021

This workshop recording lasts for 1 hour. The workshop provides a background to the  Academic Promotions process, explains the assessment criteria, the process of assessment and how to make an application.  You will also hear from colleagues who have been through the process as they share their learnings.

Access Passcode: #Promotion2021

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Academic Promotion Criteria


Income Generation Benchmark Data

In the assessment area of Academic Excellence in Research and Impact and in relation to securing external funding, applicants must meet benchmark criteria. Information relating to benchmark data is provided in the link below with separate tabs for each faculty.

View Income Generation Benchmark Data

Please note figures have not been converted (x 1000) – for example £24.52 equates to £24,520.


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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)