Academic Standards

  • Academic Standards
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Academic Standards

Academic Standards Principles

These principles govern the operation of Academic Standards and emphasise the holistic application of the Standards.

Academic Standards were introduced in 2010 in order to promote performance across different academic disciplines.   They provide a consistent framework to support a culture of ambition and excellence, which underpins the University’s vision as 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.

  • Academic Standards are aligned with Academic Profiles (Professor, Reader, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer), but provide additional discipline specific information.
  • Academic Standards provide a framework for developing academic staff, by informing career development discussions and allowing staff to identify further opportunities or activities which would facilitate their promotion/progression opportunities.
  • Academic Standards will continue to be applied holistically at Queen's, with performance assessed in terms of overall quality.  Academic Standards do not represent minimum thresholds.  They do, however, provide an evidence-based framework, to assist in decision making in processes such as Confirmation in Post, Promotion, Appraisal and Professorial Salary Review.
  • The performance of individual members of academic staff will continue to be evaluated holistically, with overall contributions across the four domains of education, research, leadership and impact being taken into account.  Compensation across and within domains will continue to be applied e.g. outstanding performance in one aspect can compensate for lower levels of performance in another aspect.
  • Academic Standards are set and updated by Schools, and the School is the custodian of Standards.  The Standards have been in place for a number of years without formal review; to ensure currency, an exercise will be undertaken this academic year to update the standards. The revised Standards will be applied from 2018/19.
  • Going forward the standards will be reviewed every three years.  Each School will be provided with HESA-derived RG8 data, by discipline, to inform the updating of Standards. Academic colleagues should continue to pursue external research income as appropriate to their disciplinary specialism.