Teaching Report Guidance - Academic Promotion

  1. Overview
  2. Who can act as a teaching report provider?
  3. What should be included in a teaching report?
  4. What are the criteria for promotion?
  5. Teaching contribution
  6. Clinical contributions report
  7. Summary of report requirements

1. Overview

This guidance provides further information for those responsible for providing teaching reports that are required as part of the promotion procedure. 

Section 3 of the Promotion Procedure provides detailed information on the relevant criteria for each area that needs to be addressed in reports assessing any aspect of individual applications. 

2. Who can act as a teaching report provider?

Teaching report providers are nominated by the Head of School.  They should normally nominate only one person to provide all of the required teaching reports.  This would usually be either the School Education Director or someone in a similar role.

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3. What should be included in a teaching report?

Report providers are provided with a template Teaching report to ensure that all necessary areas are covered.‌ 

The purpose of this report is to provide an independent, honest and objective assessment of an individual's teaching if they have submitted evidence against any of the four Education criteria in the Academic Promotions Framework (PDF, 317kB).  This might also include those on Pathway 2.

The report should provide analytical as well as purely factual input, together with clear evidence to support statements under each area.  Where there is no activity to report under a particular area, this should be clearly stated.

The report provider may wish to take soundings from appropriate colleagues before completing the report, eg the Senior Tutor for E-2 Personal tutoring. 

The Committee will consider equality factors at meetings, considering all documentation for each case. The teaching report provider is not required to comment on any known equality factors in their assessment, e.g. part time working.

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4. What are the criteria for promotion?

The candidate’s performance is assessed against the criteria in Section 3 of the Promotion Procedure.  

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5. Teaching contribution 

For cases with evidence against any of the Education criteria regardless of their pathway, a Teaching report‌ outlining the candidate’s contribution will be obtained.

6. Clinical contributions report

Where applicable to the role (i.e. the candidate undertakes clinical duties for the University as an employer), a report on the candidate’s clinical contribution will also be obtained following the establishment of a prima facie case by the first FPC.

Clinical reports are normally provided by a relevant member of the School within the University. Report providers will be nominated by the Head of School following consultation with the candidate and details should be included on the Head of School Report form. For candidates where a prima facie case is established, reports will be requested and collated by the Human Resources Faculty Team after the first Faculty Promotions Committee. 

The purpose of this report is to provide an independent and objective assessment of individual’s clinical contribution where this constitutes part of the role. 

This should address the individual’s contributions in accordance with the guidance given in the Academic Promotions Framework (PDF, 317kB)The report should provide analytical as well as purely factual input, together with clear evidence to support statements under each area.  Where there is no activity to report under a particular area, this should be clearly stated.

7. Summary of report requirements

A summary of the reports required is contained in Appendix 3 of the Promotion Procedure. 

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