Career Progression and Development Opportunities

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We offer a wide range of career opportunities among our staff (numbers just over 5,000), supported by excellent training and development facilities

The excellence of our provision of career development support to research staff has recently been recognised by the European Commission, which has awarded the University the 'HR Excellence in Research' badge*

Athena Swan

The University signed up to the Athena SWAN charter in January 2009. The Charter recognises the commitment to the advancement and promotion of the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology and the excellence of our work in this area has been recognised with a Bronze Award, which was successfully renewed in November 2012.

Promotion and progression

We operate a performance and development review scheme to support staff in achieving their work objectives, and to identify relevant development activities to further enhance their skills.

The size and breadth of our workforce means that we regularly have internal opportunities to progress. For academic, research and teaching staff, there are well-defined career pathways with an annual promotions exercise to reward those who can demonstrate achievement at the required level.

International career opportunities

The University is operating in an increasingly global marketplace and in recent years this has provided a small number of opportunities for staff to develop their careers through international secondments. We currently have University staff working at major teaching operations in Singapore and Malaysia.

*A UK-wide process enables UK HEIs to gain the European Commission's 'HR excellence in research' badge, which acknowledges their alignment with the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and Code of Conduct for their Recruitment. The UK process incorporates both the QAA Code of Practice for Research Degree Programmes and the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers to enable institutions that have published Concordat implementation plans to gain the 'HR excellence in research' badge. The UK approach includes ongoing national evaluation and benchmarking.