Guide to grading and progression/promotion for staff in the Education & Research job family

First Appointment:  Lecturer

The entry level is Lecturer at grade F, subject to the Professional Development Programme (PDP) of up to 5 years. The ‘stream’ which is applicable to the appointment (ie Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences or Drama) and any specific targets must be confirmed in writing with the new appointee.

Normally, appointments will be made at the first point of the grade F scale (point 32). However, a higher starting point within grade F may be agreed following interview and with the approval of the Dean of College, the DVC and the HR Business Partner, to recognise previous experience and achievements. In such cases, the PDP will remain at ‘up to 5 years’ and the member of staff will only progress to grade G when they have satisfied the PDP targets.

Progression to Grade G:  Senior Lecturer

Lecturers are subject to the requirements of the PDP. Where a Lecturer has satisfied the ‘interim’ (three year) and ‘final’ (five year) PDP targets during their employment with the University of Exeter (eg research achievements are based on work undertaken at the University of Exeter), so that sustained performance is demonstrated (normally over a period of two or more years), the University will fast-track their progression/promotion to Senior Lecturer (grade G). Normally a minimum period of two years service with the University of Exeter is required before fast-tracking will be considered.

A Lecturer will be confirmed in appointment and progress to Senior Lecturer (grade G) upon satisfactory completion of the Professional Development Programme. An interim report should be made to the line manager Deputy Vice-Chancellor after 3 years and a final report after 5 years (or completion of the PDP targets if earlier). Procedures have been agreed with the UCU for consideration of cases where performance is not satisfactory. Where there is a recommendation to confirm appointment and therefore progress to Senior Lecturer, the DVC will take the College’s recommendation to the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group for approval. (Full details of these procedures are available from Human Resources.)

Progression to Grade G:  Senior Lecturer

Lecturers are subject to the requirements of the Personal Development Programme.

Where a Lecturer has satisfied the interim (three year) and final (five year) PDP targets during their employment with the University of Exeter (eg research achievements are based on work undertaken at the University of Exeter), so that sustained performance is demonstrated (normally over a period of two or more years), the University will fast-track their progression/promotion to Senior Lecturer (grade G).

Normally a minimum period of two years service with the University of Exeter is required before fast-tracking will be considered.

A Lecturer will be confirmed in appointment and progress to Senior Lecturer (grade G) upon satisfactory completion of the Professional Development Programme. An interim report should be made to the line manager Deputy Vice-Chancellor after three years and a final report after five years (or completion of the PDP targets if earlier).

Procedures have been agreed with the University and College Union for consideration of cases where performance is not satisfactory. Where there is a recommendation to confirm appointment and therefore progress to Senior Lecturer, the DVC will take the College’s recommendation to the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Group for approval. (Full details of these procedures are available from Human Resources.)