Jane Taylor, Deputy Director and Professor of Plant Science, Lancaster Environment Centre
Jane presented a promotion case for professor, balanced between the domains of teaching and academic leadership and engagement. This meant that Jane's contribution in the domains of teaching and of academic leadership and engagement had to both be judged to be at level 3 and Jane's contribution to research had to be judged to be at level 2.
"When the new promotions criteria were published, I felt this opened up a completely different pathway that recognised more clearly the breadth of my career to date."
"In preparing my case a second time I focused on finding the right language to articulate my rounded experience. I shared my paperwork with both internal and external colleagues who were very helpful in pointing out how, and where, to make my case more compelling. I think this can be quite a daunting thing to do, but I felt it made a significant difference to the end result."
"It can be particularly difficult to prepare a rounded case, and something I have been keen to do is to encourage staff to explore how work associated with their core duties can gain added value either in terms of personal development or to show leadership qualities."
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Rachael Rigby, Senior Lecturer in Biomedicine
Rachael presented a balanced case for promotion to Senior Lecturer. This meant that Rachael's contribution in the domains of research, teaching, and academic leadership and engagement had to all be judged to be at level 2.
"After my second application, I had discussed the best way forward with colleagues and decided not to re-apply straight away but to take a year to build a stronger case. In this time the discipline-specific criteria were introduced which I found much clearer and very helpful."
"Look at the criteria well in advance of writing your case as this may shape the direction of some of your work. Get advice from colleagues and adhere to the criteria, particularly discipline-specific criteria."
"I am now able to focus on new projects and the next stage of my professional development."
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