Birkbeck, University of London Human Resources

Advancement from Lecturer Grade A to Grade B

This procedure applies to Lecturers on Lecturer A (Grade 7)

  1. Advancement from Grade A to Grade B on reaching the maximum of A is the normal expectation. Lecturers’ that are at the top of the Lecturer Grade A scale are invited to apply, given that they are able to provide evidence of good performance across all areas in regards to teaching, research and management/ administration.

  2. Lecturers’ that are not at the top of the Lecturer Grade A scale (including those still in their probation period) may apply for, but must be able to show evidence of exceptional performance in all of the above areas to support their application. 

  3. All staff who have reached the top of Lecturer Grade A will be invited annually to submit applications to the Lecturer Grade A to B Review Panel. The Panel will, as a matter of course, review all staff who are at the top of Grade A.

  4. The members of the Panel are normally the Master as Chair, the Vice-Master and two senior members of the academic staff. A UCU Observer will be invited to attend and at least one member of the HR team will normally be in attendance.

  5. For advancement to Grade B, a Lecturer should demonstrate competency in:

  6. To apply to the Panel, the candidate must prepare an application as well as provide any additional material. Please note that candidates are required to ensure that they complete the application form correctly and address the stated criteria.

  7. All Academics applying for promotion must confirm that they are a fellow member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

  8. The Panel includes a mechanism for the appropriate consideration of any personal circumstances that may have significantly impacted on that staff member's output volume, and which that person may choose to disclose for this purpose by completed a personal circumstances form.

  9. The candidate must then email their application to their Executive Dean and to Lucy Stocka ( by Wednesday 3 January 2018.

  10. The Executive Dean must consult the Assistant Dean (for the subject area) and may consult other colleagues before emailing comments on the application, with their recommendation, to Lucy by Wednesday 17 January 2018.

  11. The Executive Deans are shown below:

  12. The HR team is responsible for circulating the applications and the Executive Deans’ recommendations to each of the Panel members.

  13. The Panel will meet on Wednesday 31 January 2018 to consider the applications.

  14. Candidates will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application by the Chair of the Panel. Please refer to the General notes. Successful applications for promotion to Lecturer B will be effective from 1 October 2018.

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Date printed: 14/08/2018