Human Resources

Level B (Research)

Further information

Research staff promotion procedures

A member of academic staff seeking promotion to Level B (Reseach) will be expected to have demonstrated superior research achievements.

Applicants will be expected to show evidence of achievement in a relevant area of research and scholarship (or other creative work in the case of appointments in the Arts).

In general, the applicant would normally have at least some postdoctoral or research experience and a strong publication record, judged by the standards of the field. There should be evidence of developing independence.

Where academic staff seeking promotion have fractional appointments, the University expects the same level and quality of achievements and recognition as full-time academic staff. In terms of quantity of output, such as teaching load, research publications and service, the expectation is of at least pro-rata output consistent with the level of achievement required for promotion.

The Academic Promotions Committee will give due consideration to matters such as fractional or joint appointments and interrupted careers (perhaps due to caring responsibilities or illness) and differing opportunities for research output by comparing rates of achievement rather than total aggregates. Applicants must advise the Committee of these circumstances.

Assessing an application

When assessing an application the Committee will take account of an applicant's entire body of work, with a particular focus on the achievements since their last promotion.

The requirements could be demonstrated in a number of ways including:

  • a personal achievement in scholarly research and communication of that achievement to others
  • a willingness to undertake research with groups and individuals in the School
  • a willingness to co-direct and co-supervise major Honours or postgraduate research projects

Documentation should include evidence of completed publications or patents granted since appointment. References to publications should be given in full with exact pagination and dating.

Satisfactory performance on indicators 1 and 2 is essential. Satisfactory performance on other indicators is supportive but not essential.

  1. Publication in refereed journals or series or by publishers recognised as leaders in the field
  2. High ratings of the publications and other research or creative work as attested (where appropriate) by citations indices, by references in published literature which cite the applicant’s work as definitive or in letters from distinguished scholars or critics in the field (a substantial number of whom must come from outside The University of Western Australia)
  3. Favourable published reviews of the publications or creative works
  4. Awards by professional associations for outstanding research or creative work
  5. Any other clear evidence of exceptional contribution to the chosen field

Consideration will also be given to teaching and service, for example:

  • teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students, including supervision of honours and postgraduate research projects; (This should be adequately documented)
  • other contributions which involve service to the University or professional work for the community, such as participation in Committees and contributions to policy development
  • the ability to encourage and foster the work of others

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