Case Studies

Each promotion case is made up of a configuration of the three domains of the Promotions Criteria:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Academic leadership and engagement

There are a range of case configurations permitted by the Promotions Criteria, these can be found in the Balance of Criteria, found within the Promotions Criteria document.

Celia Roberts, Professor of Gender and Science Studies, Sociology

Celia presented a research-led case for professor. This meant that Celia's contribution to research had to be judged at level 4, and her contribution to the two remaining domains had to be judged at level 2 and level 1.

David Towers, Professor of Pure Mathematics, department of Mathematics and Statistics

David presented a promotion case for professor, balanced between the domains of teaching and academic leadership and engagement. This meant that David's contribution in the domains of teaching and of academic leadership and engagement had to both be judged to be at level 3 and David's contribution to research had to be judged to be at level 2.

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."

To read Jane's story in full click here

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 the criteria, particularly discipline specific criteria."

"I am now able to focus on new projects and the next stage of my professional development."

To read Rachael's story in full click here