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Teaching focused promotion programme


This programme is for teaching-focused academics seeking promotion to Professor within the next 2-3 years. It uses this timescale to take a longer term perspective on planning for promotion and it supports delegates to identify the action they can take to ensure the best chance of success.

The programme will explore the teaching focused promotion route to Professor, and explain the concepts and terminologies in more detail. It will draw on external experiences and expertise through case studies and a guest speaker, allowing delegates to benchmark and compare their own progress and plan what they need to do next. Delegates will also be assigned a mentor to help them to plan.

There is space for a maximum of 10 delegates.  The group will be split into three groups according to experience and discipline, to provide peer support throughout the programme.

The programme consists of 2 workshops supported by mentoring.

Workshop 1:  The Promotion Process

Thursday 11 July 2019, 1.30pm – 5.00pm, Large Boardroom


  • The four promotion criteria – what is included, what is required, what evidence might be involved to demonstrate each
    • Clarify terms – eg “national” scholarship
    • The comparability of research and pedagogical research in the “teaching and research” and “teaching focused” promotion routes
    • Being clear on norms in the teaching world – for example research grants, use of journals and blogs
    • Learning from role models
    • In groups - “Plot your lifeline” exercise.  Using what you have learned, highlight your strengths and identify any gaps in your career development to date.

This session will include talks from:

  • Professor Katie Normington on how applications are reviewed by the assessment panel
  • Professor Simon Kemp, University of Southampton, as a teaching focused role model, on his own career development


Delegates will be assigned a mentor to work with them over a six month period.

Workshop 2:  Follow-up

Thursday 12 September 2019, 10.00am – 12pm Kingswood Blue Room

This workshop will be in an action learning format, and will focus on

  • Drawing together common learning
  • Next steps and action plans
  • Further support needed

How to apply

The closing date for applications was 31 May, however please contact Organisational Development if you still wish to apply. You will need to complete this short application form.