Human Resources

Conferral of academic titles on Principal Investigators and Directors of Research Centres

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The University has a policy on the conferal of academic titles on research fellows from the Australia Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The policy is set out in ARC and NHMRC Fellows.

The policy below applies in certain circumstances in which a proposed principal investigator of a grant, or director of a centre, is not a full-time academic staff member at UWA, or an ARC or NHMRC research fellow, and is seeking a salary for the term of the grant.

Principal Investigator of a research grant

Titles

The title of lecturer (Level B), senior lecturer (Level C), associate professor (Level D) or professor (Level E) can be conferred on a principal investigator in circumstances where:

  • the principal investigator is not, at the time of the appointment, a full-time academic staff member at UWA, and
  • the principal investigator has been responsible for developing a research proposal for submission to a recognised national competitive grant scheme, and
  • the principal investigator's proposed level of appointment and salary are explicitly stated in the proposal, and
  • the proposed level of appointment is compatible and comparable with other academic and research-only appointments with similar responsibilities, and
  • the grant proposal is successful and is funded at a level which enables the principal investigator to be appointed at the appropriate level

Conferment of titles below Professor (Level E)

Titles below Professor (Level E) are conferred by the Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of the head of school, the dean, and the Chair of the Promotions and Tenure Committee. The recommendation should be forwarded when the research proposal is submitted for approval by the University prior to being sent to the funding agency.

Duration

The academic title would be awarded for the duration of the grant.

Conferment of the title Professor (Level E)

The title of Professor (Level E) is conferred by Senate on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor, the Chair of Academic Board, the dean and the head of school. The recommendation of the head of school and dean should be forwarded when the research proposal is submitted for approval by the University prior to being sent to the funding agency.

Promotion

Staff with academic titles conferred under this policy are eligible for promotion under the University's promotion criteria for research-only staff.

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Director of Research Centre

Circumstances

The title of associate professor or professor can be conferred on a director of a centre in circumstances where:

  • the director is not, at the time of appointment, a full-time academic staff member at UWA, and
  • the director has been responsible for developing a proposal for a centre for submission to a recognised national competitive research grant scheme for the establishment of centres, or to any other major peer-reviewed scheme for the establishment of centres approved by the Vice-Chancellor, and
  • the director's proposed level of appointment and salary are explicitly stated in the proposal, and
  • the proposed level of appointment is compatible and comparable with other academic and research-only appointments with similar responsibilities, and
  • the proposal for the establishment of a centre is successful and is funded at a level which enables the director to be appointed at the appropriate level from grant funds, or a combination of grant and other funds

Conferment of the title Associate Professor (Level D)

The title of Associate Professor (Level D) is conferred by the Vice-Chancellor on the recommendation of the head of school, the dean, and the Chair of the Promotions and Tenure Committee. The recommendation should be forwarded when the proposal for the establishment of the centre is submitted for approval by the University prior to being sent to the funding agency.

Promotion

Staff with academic titles conferred under this policy are eligible for promotion under the University's promotion criteria for research-only staff.

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