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Recognition, Promotion and Progression

We’re committed to helping you progress your career at Newcastle University when you join us.

Career development, progression and recognition for the great work you do can be one of the most important elements of a job you love.

That’s why we have processes to develop colleagues for promotions and/or pay progression.

Progressions and promotions


We’re proud to have many colleague recognition schemes to reward our employees ​who go above and beyond. 

Spotlight awards scheme

Through this scheme, managers can formally recognise the achievements and efforts of colleagues. They can do this as and when they feel it is appropriate. In particular, we designed the awards to recognise performance against the following criteria:

  • demonstrating role model behaviour – being an example for others to follow
  • going the extra mile – succeeding above and beyond normal expectations
  • enhancing our reputation – showing the university in the best possible light
  • delivering excellence – exceeding internal and external customers' needs
  • demonstrating an outstanding commitment to enhancing the student experience
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Long service awards

We celebrate our long-serving colleagues at annual awards ceremonies. We recognise long service when colleagues achieve 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 years' service with us. As a reward for their continued commitment, colleagues can choose between:

  • cash gifts
  • equivalent charity donations
  • leave days

All options increase in value for each milestone reached.

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Celebrating Success

The Vice-Chancellor and President host the Celebrating Success Award events quarterly. They celebrate amazing achievements across all departments and areas of the university.

The events are informal and provide an opportunity to network and chat to colleagues over a drink and a canapé. We present awards including:

  • spotlights
  • the VC’s Academic Distinction and Contribution Awards
  • the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion awards
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