Birkbeck, University of London Human Resources

Award of Discretionary and Accelerated Increments to Academic staff

Academic staff may apply for promotion and be considered for an Accelerated or Discretionary Increment in the same year. However, should a member of Academic staff be promoted at the Academic Staff Review Panels 2016/17 they will not normally be considered for an Accelerated or Discretionary Increment in the same period.

Discretionary Increment

Although there is no earmarked funding to reward exceptional performance, staff at the top of their grade may apply for a Discretionary Increment on the grounds of exceptional performance. To be eligible applicants will be at the top of their grade, on the penultimate point, or already on a Discretionary Increment point based on their current contractual arrangements, i.e. at time of application on:

Accelerated Increment

In very exceptional cases, the Executive Dean can nominate staff for an Accelerated Increment where they have room for accelerated progression within their grade. To be eligible nominees will be, on at least one point lower than the penultimate non-discretionary grade maximum based on their current contractual arrangements, i.e. at time of nomination on:

Procedure

  1. Executive Deans (and School Managers) have access to the salary scales and the salary positions of the staff in their School [restricted access HR reports].

  2. All Academic staff eligible for Discretionary Increments may apply on a personal basis for Discretionary Increments following the procedure outlined here. In making such an application staff will need to set out in no longer than one side of A4, the aspects of their work, which they consider warrants an increase in salary.

  3. Staff should forward their application to their Executive Dean by Friday 3 February 2017.

  4. Having sought comments from the appropriate Assistant Dean, the Executive Dean will attach short comments on the application and forward it under confidential cover to Paul Cooper (p.cooper@bbk.ac.uk) for the deadline of Friday 17 February 2017.

  5. If support is given to externally funded staff, the Panel will usually require confirmation that the funding body will finance the additional salary increase and associated costs. In exceptional circumstances the College may fund a discretionary award.

  6. To help the Review Panel in its task, Executive Deans are asked to put their recommendations for discretionary awards in priority order within their School.

  7. In very exceptional cases a member of staff may be nominated by his or her Executive Dean for an award of an Accelerated Increment, if the staff member is on a salary point which is more than one point below the non-discretionary maximum of the grade. Executive Deans will email their nominations, together with supporting statements and a copy of their nominee’s CV, to Paul Cooper (p.cooper@bbk.ac.uk) for the deadline of Friday 17 February 2017.

  8. The criteria for the award of Discretionary or Accelerated Increments is the same and is based on the existing criteria for the promotion of Academic staff, that is, candidates will be expected to have achieved exceptional performance in one or more of the following three key areas of their full job duties:

    1. Research;

    2. Teaching & Supporting Learning;

    3. Administration & Academic Management.

  9. The panel meeting will take place on Tuesday 14 March 2017


Printed from: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hr/promotion/academic/increments/index_html
Date printed: 18/10/2017