Academic Promotion

Academic Probation and Establishment

Newly appointed Academic Lecturers and Senior Lecturers are subject to the University’s Probation and Establishment process. The duration of the Probation and Establishment period is specified in the appointee’s contract of employment. The Academic Probation and Establishment Policy is applicable to all fixed term appointees with a contract duration in excess of 12 months and all permanent appointees. Please click here to access a detailed overview Academic Probation and Establishment process.

The purpose of the Probationary is to provide an initial opportunity for assessment by the University of an individual's capabilities, reliability and suitability in respect of their appointment. This period shall ordinarily be one calendar year following commencement in post as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer.  

The Academic Establishment period is only applicable to permanent appointees. The purpose of the Establishment period is to provide the University with the opportunity to ensure that the staff member has demonstrated the potential for continuing development as a university academic and that provision has been made for reasonable development opportunities and support to allow the staff member to realise their full potential in post. This shall ordinarily be a further two-year period following a successful Probationary period (such that the Probation and Establishment period covers a total of three full academic years). 

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Progression across the Merit Bar

All Lecturers who were appointed to the position of Lecturer B/B and meet the eligibility requirements specified in the Progression across the Merit Bar Scheme may wish to apply to progress above the Merit Bar. Progression across the Merit Bar is a non-competitive Scheme where eligible staff are required to demonstrate that they successfully meet the criteria outlined in the Scheme. Successful applicants will be appointed to the position of Lecturer A/B.

Please note that this Scheme is currently under review.

 

Promotion to Senior Lecturer

All Lecturers who meet the eligibility requirements specified in the Academic Regulation for Promotion to Senior Lectureships may wish to apply for promotion to Senior Lecturer when a call is announced to staff.  Promotion to Senior Lecturer is a highly competitive process where eligible members of staff from across the University are invited to submit an application during a specified timeframe, as advised by HR. It is currently a two-stage process consisting of shortlisting (stage 1) and full application (stage 2). Eligible members of staff must have four years continuous service in UCC or 2 years external lecturing service, combined with 2 years lecturing service in UCC in order to apply. Please click here to see further details in relation to promotion to Senior Lecturer.

 

Promotion to Professor (Scale 2)

All Senior Lecturers who meet the eligibility requirements specified in the Academic Regulation for Promotion to Professor (Scale 2) may wish to apply for promotion to Professor (Scale 2) when a call is announced to staff. Promotion to Professor (Scale 2) is a highly competitive process where eligible members of staff from across the University are invited to submit an application during a specified timeframe, as advised by HR. It is currently a two-stage process consisting of shortlisting (stage 1) and full application (stage 2). Eligible members of staff must have four years continuous service in UCC or 2 years external service as a Senior Lecturer, combined with 2 years service as a Senior Lecturer in UCC in order to apply. Please click here to see further details in relation to promotion to Professor (Scale 2).

 

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