Academic Promotions General Principles



Queen’s University is committed to becoming a world class international University that supports outstanding students and staff, working in world class facilities, conducting leading-edge education and research focused on the needs of society. 

The Academic Promotions Scheme is designed to recognise and reward outstanding performance of academic staff that supports the delivery of the University’s Vision across all areas of the academic profile.

The Academic Promotions Scheme seeks to promote, encourage and reward staff who demonstrate excellence, leadership and innovation in their area of expertise, building partnerships and networks locally, nationally and internationally.

The University undertakes to foster the aspiration of staff to achieve promotion by developing them through regular appraisal and by ensuring that opportunities are provided to acquire experience appropriate to support applications for promotion.

Routes to Promotion

The University recognises two main routes to promotion:

  • Research and Education
  • Education only
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Promotion based on Research and Education

Staff seeking promotion to Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professor must make the strongest possible case based on the relevant academic profile and their School’s academic standards.

Promotion based primarily on Education

The University recognises that some academic staff may make their greatest professional contribution as educators.  Staff seeking promotion to Senior Lecturer (Education) and Professor (Education) must make the case based on the relevant academic profile and their School’s academic standards.