Where are we up to?

The Academic Promotions Governance Group, has carriage of the review process which aims to refresh and strengthen the promotions policy and processes so that their application achieves transparency, consistency and consideration of achievement relative to opportunity, aligned with ACU’s Mission and strategic intent.  The review has included the following activities:

  • A discovery phase involving:
    • understanding the current process, including what’s working well and potential areas for improvement through a review of existing materials,
    • the engagement of an external consultant to conduct an environmental scan of domestic and international universities academic promotions processes to identify best practice, and
    • broad consultation with over 150+ staff who shared their views at workshops held in July/August 2021.
  • the establishment of the Academic Promotions Advisory Group consisting of a representative group of academic staff across academic levels and discipline areas which met regularly and provide input and feedback that has informed the review.
  • The formation of working groups to review the evidence and criteria relevant to each academic career pathway.
  • Based on the above activities, a range of changes to the current promotions process have been proposed.

Where to next?

Review activities have generally progressed as planned. However, to ensure that we achieve the best result, some changes will be introduced in 2022 and work on some key activities will continue in 2022 for full introduction in 2023.

This phased approach has been adopted, based on feedback to provide the opportunity for further consultation and engagement with the academic community on changes planned for 2023.

The 2022 academic promotions process will continue from April as planned, incorporating a number of changes emanating from the review. A summary of the changes proposed for introduction in 2022 and those that are in progress for 2023 is provided here.

An important proposed change is the introduction of the Achievement Relative to Opportunity Guide. The intention is for staff, supervisors and relevant Panel/Committee members to use this guide when making assessments of career progression or achievement. 

Achievement Relative to Opportunity will be applied in the 2022 Academic promotions round and, following consultation across the University, may be adopted for other processes that evaluate academic staff performance.

Find out more

All staff are invited to attend a consultation session in mid-March to be facilitated by the Acting Deputy Provost, Professor Chris Lonsdale, with support from HR.

These sessions will provide staff with an opportunity to hear about what is being planned and to contribute suggestions for improvement about the proposed changes to the academic promotions policy and process, as well as the Achievement Relative to Opportunity Guide which will be used across multiple assessment processes related to career progression and achievement.

Please register for one of the sessions using the links below:

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Our online feedback form will allow you to lodge questions and include suggestions to improve the Academic Promotions process.

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If you have any questions, please email your enquiry to Academic Promotions Review

Page last updated on 24/12/2021

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