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University Committees

Academic Progression Committee

Standing Orders

(approved by Senate & Council in October 2017)

The Academic Progression Committee is a Joint Business/Operations Committee of Senate and Council which shall meet as necessary to advise these bodies on all matters relating to the progression and promotion of academic, teaching and research staff.

These Standing Orders should be read in conjunction with the Joint Standing Orders of Senate and Council.


The Vice-Chancellor and Warden (Chair)

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)

Three Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellors

Three senior* Professors with no head of department responsibilities to include one from each Faculty

The Director of Human Resources and Organisation Development (or Deputy Director)

*The senior Professors appointed from the three Faculties shall not regard themselves as Faculty representatives.

A member of the Committee whose own case is being considered shall withdraw while a decision is being taken concerning their case.

The Committee should have an appropriate gender balance.

Term of Office

The normal term of office is three years.


The Committee will meet twice a year, once in Michaelmas Term and once in Easter Term. It will also interact electronically to progress its business.

Terms of Reference


  1. scrutinising policy issues in respect of the Promotion and Progression Procedures for Academic, Teaching and Research Staff;
  2. reviewing and, as appropriate, confirming the recommendations of the Faculty Progression Committees in respect of individual applications for promotion to Associate Professor and Professor, including movement between Professorial Bands in Grade 10;
  3. receiving recommendations from Faculty Progression Committees in relation to the choice of external referees;
  4. approving the membership of the Faculty Progression Committees;
  5. having oversight of equality and diversity issues in relation to academic progression and to ensure that procedures are free from discrimination.

Decisions can exceptionally be taken by the Committee by correspondence and email (for example when considering out of round cases for progression).


To review on an annual basis the effectiveness of the Committee against its Terms of Reference. Any changes will be proposed in a Report delivered to Senate at the end of the academic year.


Faculty Progression Committees and Departmental Progression Committees.


The Committee shall receive reports from Faculty Progression Committees.

The Committee shall provide a report to each meeting of Senate and Council.