Enabling you and your academic manager to shape your future together.

Careers and progression

Exeter Academic

The Exeter Academic website provides the career progression criteria and associated development for each academic job family to enable you and your academic manager to shape your future together.

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Programme

The LTHE Programme is delivered on both the Penryn and Streatham campuses and is designed to provide essential development for Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Academics who teach, as well as other academics and professional staff who support learning and who are employed by the University.

Academic Professional Programme

The Academic Professional Programme is mandatory for all academics employed on an Education and Research (E&R) Lecturer contract as part of their Professional Development Programme (PDP) of up to five years. The Academic Professional Programme is strongly recommended for all academics employed on an Education and Scholarship (E&S) Lecturer contract. Other academics and professional services colleagues with teaching responsibilities can enrol on the Academic Professional Programme, with the consent of their College or Department.

ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway

The ASPIRE Professional Recognition Pathway (PRP) is available to academic and professional services colleagues with more substantial experience who teach and/ or support learning, and it is accessible on all four campuses, with professional development activities taking place locally to support colleagues in their applications for fellowship of the HEA through the ASPIRE PRP.

Athena Swan

The Athena SWAN charter’s aim is to support and encourage universities to work towards gender equality within STEM/M disciplines. At Exeter, STEM/M includes all subject disciplines within the Colleges of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences and the University of Exeter Medical School.


Aurora is for women up to senior lecturer level or professional services equivalent (up to Grade G) who wish to develop their leadership skills and who are interested in exploring leadership and management as an element of career progression. While most leadership programmes are aimed at leaders and managers already in role, Aurora is designed to engage with women at an earlier stage in their careers.

We hope the programme will enable women to think of themselves as future leaders; to influence their institutions and to develop leadership skills. Aurora provides a positive experience of leadership and encourages participants to recognise their talent and capabilities and ‘step-up’ to promoted posts.

The course takes place over five learning days at a number of locations in the UK and includes membership of an action learning set and access to an Exeter mentor.

Further details about Aurora.