Your career

Education and Research

The University of Exeter wants to support academics at each stage of their career, helping people to reach their potential and become distinguished in their chosen fields. As an academic in the Education and Research job family, there are opportunities to progress over time from Lecturer to Senior Lecturer, then to Associate Professor and Professor. The criteria the University has set for Lecturer probation and progression to other levels are organised around three pillars of performance: your ability to educate in a way that’s inspiring and effective and informed by research; your ability to advance knowledge through research and to ensure the research has an impact (where appropriate commercially); and to be an active academic citizen, taking a collegiate and collaborative approach in your work.

The sections below hold information regarding the process, the criteria and the relevant forms.

Education and Research job family

‌Lecturers in the Education and Research job family at the University of Exeter are initially appointed to a Professional Development Programme (PDP) of up to five years and their appointment and progression to Senior Lecturer status will be confirmed upon successful completion of the programme. 

If you were appointed before the 1 April 2016 and chose to remain on the previous Professional Development Programme the details of the process and criteria you need to follow can be found in the Guide to PDP (pre April 2016). Please use PD03 for your interim and final review.

If you are unsure of which scheme you are on please contact your HRBP.

‌The probationary period is an important time for you to develop the skills and competencies you need to be effective and successful. We expect the Exeter Academic to demonstrate that they meet the expectations of a Lecturer within 3 years, which is the standard length of probation for new Lecturers, but it may be possible to confirm your appointment earlier if all the expectations have been achieved.

To enable us to properly assess your contribution at the University of Exeter, the earliest we would assess your suitability for confirmation of appointment would be after one year.

Please note that this is the information for Lecturers appointed after 1 April 2016 or those who opted to move to this scheme. If you are not sure please contact your HRBP and they will advise you.

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Development

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌The development of your career as an Exeter Academic will continue beyond confirmation of your appointment as a Lecturer. We expect Lecturers to progress to Senior Lecturer within 2 to 3 years, following satisfactory completion of probation (ie 4 to 6 years after appointment). During this period, your academic manager will continue to work with you to support your achievements.

The next stage in your development will see you build on the strong basis you have built during your probation period and allow you to further develop the skills and competencies you need to be an effective and successful Exeter Academic, achieving progression to Senior Lecturer in a reasonable timescale.

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Criteria

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Development

‌‌‌‌‌The development of your career as an Exeter Academic will continue beyond your appointment as/progression to the role of Senior Lecturer. We are committed to continuing to develop your academic career and will ensure that you are supported in the next stage of your career at the University of Exeter so that you can flourish as a Senior Lecturer and aspire to progress to Associate Professor in due course.

The next stage in your development will see you build on the strong basis you have built during your academic career at Exeter and allow you to further develop the skills and competencies you need to be an effective and successful Exeter Academic so that you achieve progression to Associate Professor.

Process

Criteria

Forms

Development

The development of your career as an Exeter Academic will continue beyond your appointment as/progression to the role of Associate Professor. We are committed to continuing to develop your academic career and will ensure that you are supported in the next stage of your career at the University of Exeter so that you can flourish as an Associate Professor and aspire to progress to a full Professorial position in due course.

The next stage in your development will see you build on the strong basis you have built during your academic career at Exeter and allow you to further develop the skills and competencies you need to be an effective and successful Exeter Academic so that you achieve progression to Professor.

Process

Criteria

Forms

Development